This one-of-a-kind performance puts a unique spin on a treasured classic....
This radio dramatization of the classic movie is introduced by its director, Frank Capra, and features James Stewart re-creating his Oscar-nominated role....
Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents...
All of your favorite Christmas stories in one fantastic collection....
Can you imagine writing to Father Christmas and actually getting a reply?....
The six Herdman children are “absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world”....
Celebrate Christmas along with radio's greatest performers, characters and programs. These timeless holiday classics include moving and mirthful comedies, wholesome dramas, and adventurous missions of mercy....
This collection contains six classic Christmas radio productions from the '30s, '40s, and '50s....
R. William Bennett rewinds A Christmas Carol and focuses the spotlight on Scrooge’s miserly business partner, Jacob T. Marley....
This radio dramatization of the classic movie features the original stars, including Edmund Gwenn re-creating his Academy Award-winning role....
Unable to find a publisher for his evocative tale about a man named George Pratt who ponders suicide until he receives an opportunity to see what the world would be like without him....
Celebrate the holiday season with the only audiobook of "The Night Before Christmas", read by the Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges....
With their heart, humor and good morals, Charles Dickens' Christmas stories have made the author's name synonymous with the season. Here we present four charming novellas....
Jean Shepherd, author of A Christmas Story, again demonstrates his broad knowledge, unusual turn of mind, and humor, in this series of programs....
The great Lionel Barrymore portrayed Ebenezer Scrooge in Campbell Playhouse's annual performance of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens....
Christmas Eve, 1914 follows one company of British officers as they rotate forward to spend their Christmas on the front lines, a mere 80 yards from the German guns....
A poor young couple demonstrates the meaning of love and self-sacrifice in the Christmas Classic, "The Gift of the Magi". Also included is "The Last Leaf"....
This audio production of A Christmas Story gathers together in one hilarious volume the gems of autobiographical humor that Jean Shepherd drew upon to create this enduring film. Here is young Ralphie Parker's shocking discovery that his decoder ring is really a device to promote Ovaltine; his mother and father's pitched battle over the fate of a lascivious leg lamp; the unleashed and unnerving savagery of Ralphie's duel in the snow with the odious bullies Scut Farkas and Grover Dill; and, most crucially, Ralphie's unstoppable campaign to get Santa, or anyone else, to give him a Red Ryder carbine action 200-shot range model air rifle. Who cares that the whole adult world is telling him, "You'll shoot your eye out, kid"?
The pieces that comprise A Christmas Story, previously published in the larger collections In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash and Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories, coalesce in a magical fashion to become an irresistible piece of Americana, quite the equal of the film in its ability to warm the heart and tickle the funny bone.
I really didn't think I would like the book, since I did not especially like the movie, but the book was soooo much better than the movie. Explains things better and has things in it than the movie did not.
I didn't like the film, and was surprised that the book had a lot more in it than what was in the movie. An interesting listen for any time of year.
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
We listened to this book during out holiday travels. The beginning was funny, but drug on from the midpoint on.
Would you ever listen to anything by Jean Shepherd again?
Which scene was your favorite?
when he shot the BB gun.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
Any additional comments?
I was expecting the whole book to be funny after having heard so much about the movie. I was disappointed in the last half of the book.
I was born in N Indiana, and moved when I was 7. I often wondered why my parents were the way they were. I understand them better now. BBs do not always hit the eye. I do remember wearing knickers on the way to school.
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
I have never been an aficionado of the movie, but wanted to hear the book to see whether maybe I was missing something. It was okay, but I don't want to listen twice. I would neither recommend nor discourage a friend to read the book.
If I had read the book, first, then saw the movie, I do think I'd enjoy the movie more. I found this book more interesting in an academic sort of way. I liked how Ralphy found the Ovaltine can, and it was neat to find out what sent him down Memory Lane to childhood Christmases. But I found the narration not what I expected.
The events happened in a very different order as well. I thought I'd be anticipating that Ralphy would get the BB gun at the end of the book and was sort of disappointed when it happened closer to the beginning.
I have watched the movie every year but this is the first book rendition encountered. A little surprising to find the book spanned a few of the seasons as compared to the movies Christmas time only. The movie combined the entire book into the Christmas Season except for a few details of the Bumbus clan and added a few things for entertainment value. I enjoyed the narration and sound effects included, enabling good visualization of the stories settings and characters. Anyone over 40 should be able to relate to the Old Man, Ralphie and the rest of the characters including the antics of the Old Man during this depression era period.
Appealing to all ages who have had dreams, wishes and childhood memories, you can relate to Ralphies trials and tribulations of kid dom, no matter what era you grew up in.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, but only to those not easily offended by profanity.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
The book is a collection of short stories, so there wasn't a grand finale.
What does Dick Cavett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Dick has a gruff voice that takes a little bit of time to start to enjoy -- however, he voice does grow on you. The reading has background sound effect and intro music -- which does help add to the performance.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Each of the stories had their own charms. The famous "leg lamp" story and the "Easter ham" are my favorites.
Any additional comments?
The stories are just a random collection of short recollections that have very little to do with Christmas, with the exception of the BB-gun story. I actually like the movie better -- it somehow takes most of these stories and puts them in a related order leading up to the climax of the BB-gun story finale. Also, the movie is family friendly -- but this book is laced with plenty of profanity.
These stories are familiar to anyone who loves the movie of "A Christmas Story", but what's really great about the audio book is that we find out a lot of back story for the characters and situations that were combined for the screenplay to make a 2-hour movie. Some of the original stories take place at times other than Christmas, but the screenwriter did a great job picking situations that could fit into the Christmastime storyline and adapting them; hearing them more fleshed-out enriched our memory of the movie. The long story about the Bumpasses was really fun and rather un-PC. We learn more about the background of the Dad and how he won the Major Award. It was exactly the right length for a drive down from Seattle to Portland on Christmas Day (3 hrs, 20 m), so it was perfect for us. We really enjoyed hearing it and we could run the movie in our heads. Although it's too bad there was no recording of Jean Shepherd reading it, Dick Cavett was a very good substitute.
If you could sum up A Christmas Story in three words, what would they be?
Funny - heart-warming - characters you can identify with
What was one of the most memorable moments of A Christmas Story?
the famous leg lamp, of course
What about Dick Cavett’s performance did you like?
He really helps the story come to life; you can clearly picture each scene.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Any additional comments?
If you like the movie you'll love the book!...there is some language so not appropriate for little ears.