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'Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro' the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse... First published in 1823, "A Visit From St. Nicholas" has long been a Christmas tradition for families everywhere. Now experience Clement Moore's classic poem as read by the incomparable Jim Dale.

Public Domain (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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Excellent

I would not have thought I would have enjoyed this, but I was wrong -- Jim Dale has the perfect voice for it. Nice fit.

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Not enough stars!

I'm sorry but five stars is not enough. Jim Dale can read to me my death sentence and I would sit there mesmerized smiling like an idiot the whole time.

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Jim Dale's is perfect, as always!

The great Jim Dale lends his voice to the classic Christmas poem in a way that brings new life to it. I highly recommend!

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So Delicious to Hear the Beautiful Word Pictures!

Any additional comments?

I remember hearing this read to me as a small child, then reading it myself, and later, reading it
to my son, having found a facsimile copy. I love the sequence of surprise and discovery, the
coziness, the wonderful word pictures painted in poetry ("as dry leaves before the hurricane fly..)
and the peeking into another's experience, as if a mouse in the corner. The readings seem to
last 50 times longer than the actual time, as if watching it enacted.

Jim Dale (Harry Potter audio books) does his usual unique and expressive vocalizations which
do not detract from the poetry, and add a special flavor.

I enjoyed it very much.

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  • Bubba
  • San Francisco, CA
  • 01-08-15

Great short story but kinda creepy

What made the experience of listening to A Visit from St. Nicholas the most enjoyable?

I loved Jim Dale for all of the Harry Potter books but on this short story with creepy carnival music in the background made this a creepy listen for me.

What other book might you compare A Visit from St. Nicholas to and why?

After this creepy version of "A Visit", I had to go listen to Christopher Moore's "The Stupidest Angel". Its a story of an angel that makes zombies to bring the Christmas Miracle to a small boy.

What about Jim Dale’s performance did you like?

As always, Jim Dale is a delight to listen to.

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