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Publisher's Summary

The sights, smells and sounds of a long-ago Christmas come to life in Dylan Thomas's reading of his classic tale. His wonderful recollection of a holiday in the seaside town of his youth is captured in a vivid performance; you'll want to make it part of your family's holiday tradition. This now-remastered collection also includes some of Thomas's most celebrated poems, including "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night."
©1952, 1980, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1992 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., All Rights Reserved, Caedmon, An Imprint of Harper Audio, A Division of HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Hearing Dylan Thomas read 'A Child's Christmas in Wales' is a listening experience of unadulterated pleasure." (Mass Media Newsletter) "Thomas' deep, thunderous voice belies his sense of humor, which is amply evident." (AudioFile)

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A Christmas Classic

This reading by Thomas himself has become a Christmas classic in our house. All at once, one is transported to Wales, hearing the cats, picturing the aunts and uncles, and recalling the wonder of Christmas as experienced by a child.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Absolute perfection

This is what an audio book should be. Read with zest, relish and love of the story, Thomas's words are rhymthic and poetic even in the prose portion. Very moving.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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An index of contents

Any additional comments?

There is a barely perceptible pause between the various pieces on this recording, so I'm providing an index for those who are looking for a particular one.
00:01 -- 20:48 A Child's Christmas in Wales
20:50 -- 25:53 Fern Hill
25:55 -- 26:28 Do Not Go Gentle
26:30 -- 44:21 In the White Giant's Thigh
44:23 -- 48:21 Ceremony After a Fire Raid

The sound quality of the recording is not as excellent as we have become used to with contemporary recordings, but the benefit of hearing Thomas's own rich voice is worth a little background fuzziness, in my opinion.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Masterly

The words and voice of a Master. What more could one want?

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Christmas Tradition

This poem captures the magic of Christmas, and the quirkiness of the adults. To hear Dylan Thomas read it, is an absolute joy. I'm so happy to replace my old, worn cassette with this to continue the tradition of hearing about Mrs. Prothero, the cats, firemen, Useful Presents, and the wonderful list of Useless Presents. The other poems thrown in is simply a wonderful bonus.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Dylan Thomas Naration

The book has been close to my heart for decades. My first audio copy was on an LP. I also had Thomas' book which I purchased from my college bookstore In the 1960's (A book I still have. If you want to hear Thomas' work be sure to get a copy read by Thomas. Any other reader is an inferior second choice!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great, but .......

Great reading by a great poet!

The only thing I think I had a problem with was that there was no pause or introduction between readings. It is almost as if he didn't even take a breath! It would have been nice to be able to play just the Christmas in Wales portion and have a sense of when it ended so my kids listening would not be so confused by all that came after.

Don't get me wrong, the rest of the readings are just as great and very seminal, just hard to swallow or understand for my 7, 11 and 13 year old. Just not quite appreciative of works such as ... "gentle into that good night."

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A Child's Christmas...is a treasure!

Every year, this the first book I "read" of the season- Dylan Thomas has recaptured his child's imagination of how Christmastime was back in the day. The humor is subtle, yet innocent and rich with imagery. I only wish it were longer!

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A gem. Treat yourself

Dylan Thomas' rich, wry humor in his own voice. I listen to these short stories to kick off my holiday season each year.

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Beautiful

To hear Mr Thomas read was fantastic! It is very special to have this recording.

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  • Sylvia
  • 11-28-11

A Great Little Stocking Filler!

Another book group choice, this time for our Christmas discussion with afternoon tea by a huge log fire in a country hotel. No one reads Dylan Thomas better than the man himself and here he is reminiscing his own childhood Christmas in his Wales homeland. People of a certain age will find plenty to smile about and identify with, wherever they grew up. Nice and short, it is possible to suffer from Dylan Thomas overload but not here. There follows more of his poems including what is perhaps his best known, and in my opinion, finest delivery - Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • mrs a l collier
  • 11-25-14

Gives you a true feeling you are really there.

Would you listen to A Child's Christmas in Wales again? Why?

This can be listened to many times because of the supreme detail that puts different images into your mind on each listening.

What did you like best about this story?

It has everything you could ever want on the old christmas days

What about Dylan Thomas’s performance did you like?

Simply superb

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It does nothing less than open up all your emotions.

Any additional comments?

To listen to a great narration look no further

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Simon
  • 12-04-08

A reading for all your christmas's

This wonderful reading by Dylan Thomas brings back all the images of a welsh christmas. The images of a lost world that is still reflected in the christmas of today.

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  • a addison
  • 11-19-15

magical.

a child's Christmas captures a world of childhood that takes you back to chistmas past read by the author and then hearing Dylan Thomas read his own work makes this a very special book to listen to