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Publisher's Summary

Catch the holiday spirit with this magical collection of beloved Christmas tales. Christmas favorites from L. M. Montgomery, O. Henry, Willa Cather, Hans Christian Andersen, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Bret Harte, and Anthony Trollope are lovingly recorded and presented here in one enchanting volume.

Disc one includes:

  • "A Christmas Inspiration" by L.M. Montgomery
  • "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry
  • "The Burglar's Christmas" by Willa Cather
  • "The Fir Tree" by Hans Christian Andersen

Disc two includes:

  • "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • "Susie's Letter from Santa" by Mark Twain
  • "Christmas in Poganuc" by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Disc three contains:

  • "Christmas in Poganuc (continued)" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • "How Santa Claus Came to Simpson's Bar" by Bret Harte
  • "Christmas at Thompson Hall" by Anthony Trollope

Disc four contains:

  • "Christmas at Thompson Hall (continued)" by Anthony Trollope

Public Domain (P)2012 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Dark Christmas Tales

The performances on this selection were fine. However, I found the stories to be less than engaging and not very festive. These are not uplifting, spirited stories of the joys of Christmastime. If you're searching for that, I highly recommend "Favorite Stories of Christmas Past."

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A bit of a mixed bag

I was in the mood for some Christmas short stories so I picked up this book.

I really liked some of them: "The Gift of the Magi" and "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" (Sherlock Holmes) are old favorites that I will never get tired of and anyone with a heart would love "Susie's letter from Santa" it is just beautiful.

I had never heard "The Fir Tree" by Hans Christian Andersen and I really, really liked it. Bittersweet in true HCA style and amazingly memorable.

I found the rest of the book (basically the second half) a bit dry, hum-drum and what is the point. "Christmas in Poganuc," "How Santa Claus Came to Simpson's Bar" and "Christmas at Thompson Hall" all seemed to drone on and on with little point (not that Christmas stories need to have a point) but they were just a bit boring.

So, for $5 (member price) the first half is great. The second half... not really worth my time.


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Enjoyable

Several of the stories are worth the time. I loved Christmas at Thompson hall the best.

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Classic holiday fare

Would you listen to Classic Christmas Stories again? Why?

I will probably listen to these stories again next Christmas. They are great classics!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Classic Christmas Stories?

I listened to these stories with my kids. It was a great way to spend some quiet time together as family during the busy holiday season. I would recommend the experience to anyone with children.

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