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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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magical

I love it. Even though the music is kinda....creeeeeeepy.

played it for my kids right before bedtime so they'd have visions of sugar plums. And elves. And wizards and Hogwarts or whatever.

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Good narration, unsettling music?

Enjoyed the telling of this classic short, but the music behind the narration I would describe as “creepy” :). It was probably intended as mysterious, magical, or similar but it doesn’t come off that way to me or my family.

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Creepy Halloween music in background

Jim Dale is great but why did they use creepy ghost story music in the background? It ruined it. It sounds like the music from a Halloween ghost story.

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Fantastic narrative of a holiday classic

Fantastic narration of a holiday classic. Background music suck though. Was fun to listen to.

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Nice narration

My son loves to listen to books narrated by Jim Dale, however, it was annoying to have spooky music playing in the background. Rather than adding to the story, we found it quite annoying and made it harder to focus on the words.

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Too much music

I love the way Jim Dale reads but this wonderful story is ruined by all the music in the background. I would have much preferred I hear just Jim’s voice. He is remarkable able to pack meaning into his words.

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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.