• How the Grinch Stole Christmas

  • By: Dr. Seuss
  • Narrated by: Walter Matthau
  • Length: 12 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,663 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Grinch, whose heart is two sizes too small, hates Who-ville's holiday celebrations, and plans to steal all the presents to prevent Christmas from coming. To his amazement, Christmas comes anyway, and the Grinch discovers the true meaning of the holiday.

©1957, 1985 Dr. Seuss Enterprises (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

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Great book!

Exceeded out expectations!
Narration was outstanding!
Love dr Seuss books
My daughter loves this story and said every word by heart

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Pop pop Smith

I bourht this for my grandchildren. I am legally blind. I am unable to read to my babies, this was absolutely perfect for what i wanted it to do. Great narrotor, great music, and good sound effects.

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Enjoyable, but...

Having grown up listening to Boris Karloff's beautiful narration, Matthau's reading seemed strangely flat. However, the story is still as enjoyable as ever - a timeless classic!

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Loved it!

Would you listen to How the Grinch Stole Christmas again? Why?

Yes and my daughter and I do play it over & over.. She is 5 and just loves it.

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Thanks to Dr Seuss!

Remembering and appreciating Walter Matthau as an actor, I got a kick from his rendition of this story. Not to take away from this, but Karloff’s has a special and permanent place in my heart; that TV show is required viewing every Christmas.

I think of this story every time I meet a person in real life whose heart is three sizes too small.

Only negative is whoever produced this version overdid the horns - they actually took away from Matthau’s performance and stepped (leaped) over the line into the demented range.

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classic!

enjoyed listening to this with my 6 year old grandson. Dr Seuss are classics! bravo

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Walter Matthau was not a great narrator.

Would you try another book from Dr. Seuss and/or Walter Matthau?

Dr Seuss yes. Walter Mattau no

What did you like best about this story?

The plot.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Walter Matthau?

Kevin Spacey

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes

Any additional comments?

He seems to be shouting through the story.

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Christmas Classic to Share with Your Kids

Would you consider the audio edition of How the Grinch Stole Christmas to be better than the print version?

It is certainly a fun one to listen to on audio.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

We did listen in one sitting -- it is very short.

Any additional comments?

The audio isn't the best quality. And of course it is very short -- I wished it had been paired with other Christmas stories.

But I assume most folks know what they are getting with the Grinch, and this recording could save parents of younger children from repeat readings!

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THE WARM LIGHTED WINDOWS

BORIS KARLOFF AND WALTER MATTHAU
As most people know, it is an excellent story. One all children should hear over and over. I grew up loving Walter Matthau, as most people my age have. I give the book and narration five stars, but I will have to admit that Boris Karloff, who did the cartoon in the 60's is a much better narrator. As there is not a Karloff addition offered, don't deny you children access to this great story and Matthau does a good job.

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Great but...

Not quite as good as the book or movie. While still a fun listen, Walter Mathau's voice isn't as good as one might think or even expect for the character of the Grinch.

4 people found this helpful