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Rascal Flatts performs a famous Christmas poem for patients at a Nashville children's hospital - and the result is pure magic.

For over a decade, country music superstars Rascal Flatts have built a special relationship with the kids at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt through annual performances and fund-raisers.

In 2018 they poured their hearts into a reading of Clement C. Moore's iconic holiday classic "A Visit from St. Nicholas" for their most cherished audience. The Night Before Christmas audiobook builds on that performance to spread holiday cheer beyond Nashville, as an accompaniment to yuletide festivities anywhere or as the perfect story to encourage "visions of sugar-plums" (a quote from the poem!) at bedtime.

If you've ever quizzed your family and friends about the names of Santa's reindeer, you were quoting from "A Visit from St. Nicholas", and you haven't heard the phrase "bowlful of jelly" until you've heard it from Gary, Joe Don, and Jay! Their funny and tender voices will inspire people to believe in the healing power of art at Christmas and throughout the year.

Public Domain (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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  • EmilyK
  • Portland, OR, United States
  • 12-26-18

nice audio with misleading description

I appreciated this audio, but basically being unfamiliar with the performers, it was just a basic reading of the text. The description of the hospital and so on made me think that we were going to get some more back story here. I was happy to listen as a part of our Christmas eve, but there's no additional content to the audio.

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Horrible Performance of a Beloved Story

"The Night Before Christmas" is a lovely classical tale of one little boy who wakes up in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve to witness Santa Claus going about his work. It is a charming story, but it isn't very long.

I got this Audible performance for free for being a member, and I would never recommend paying for this 3 minute reading by Rascal Flatts. Simply put, it's just a bad performance. At 1 min 44 sec in, and then again at 2 min 47 sec in, the undulations of Rascal Flatts' voice clearly change, indicating that he had to do this 3 min story in 3 different takes, thus contributing to its poor production quality. Furthermore, he just doesn't have a good narrating voice. Just stay in your lane and stick to singing please.

I wouldn't recommend this to anyone. If you want to share the Christmas spirit with your kids, just read this to them yourself, and they will like you all the better for it. And I'm 100% certain you can find a better performed narration on YouTube, if all else fails.

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A Classic everyone can enjoy

a classic story that never grows old it's short easy to listen to and we'll read

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  • Marcus
  • East Coast, USA
  • 01-06-19

A classic, but unexpected reader(s)

The story itself needs no review, it's timeliness. I did not expect the reader (or readers?) though, and did not feel it was a good fit. I looked the name up later and assume Audible did it for some celebrity value. Ah well, couldn't really affect something so classic anywho.

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Thank you for making

Thank you for making. Great for the Christmas season. Thank you for making the recording.

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Not bad

This was the first story I read all by myself when I was a toddler. That being said, my two year old self would have done better, but free is free. The narrator reads it fast, stopping and jerking through a four minute story and his voice pitch changes at least twice. As a previous reviewer said it would be best if you read it to your own children yourself. Or if the child is like me (at that age) and wants to read a Christmas tale in the middle of August and you don't wish to read it, this will suffice until the holiday spirit moves you. I gave it an extra star for being a holiday favorite and I like Rascal Flatts...for singing only, please.

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disappointing narration

I don't think the way the book was read, was appropriate. It was read more like poetry, with short, clipped lines, than as the story I was expecting to hear.

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for free

loved it. ty for small gift. Merry Christmas and happy new year2019.lol lol lol lol

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It must be a southern thang.

Good gracious! The mispronounciations , alone, were quite a distraction. This is definitely NOT the version we grew up with and have memorized, verbatim! Tone and inflection are odd. A sad rendition of a beloved classic. Mr. Scruggs, please stick to singing.

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Nice retelling of a classic tale

Always love this story. 4 on overall and performance because as celebrity readings go I couldn’t really pick out their voices as anything easily recognizable. I recall the one read by a certain famous Star Trek character whose voice was immediately recognizable for who he is. Thank you though as always for a great free Christmas story

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  • Elfe Willowson
  • 01-04-19

Christmas

A classic Christmas poem read by so well the boys from Rascal Flatts. I loved it!