All of your favorite Christmas stories in one fantastic collection. From heartfelt stories such as O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi" to tales of mystery from G. K. Chesterton and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Here is a treasure trove of tales from some of the best writers in the world, narrated by the voice of the Classic Tales: B.J. Harrison. Each story is presented unabridged.
A Classic Tales Christmas includes:
Public Domain (P)2011 B.J. Harrison
I can't really say how good the stories are as the narrator is so annoying I couldn't listen to any of them in full.
I gave up at around a quarter of the way through this book. In that time there were crime stories, ghost stories, 'Do you see what I see?' sung in the style of Jeeves and Wooster, no story just someone singing the song, and the life of Christ as written for his children by Dickens. This last took about around 12% of the total running time of the book, and while The Nativity is the very basis of Christmas, that was finished in a few minutes and the next hour and a half was effectively a children's paraphrased reading of a gospel. If you are looking for uplifting Christmas cheer then murder and goblins in a graveyard, which just happen to be set at Christmas, are probably not what you want.
The Dickens piece was apparently never intended for publication and wasn't published during his lifetime, indeed not until 1938. That should tell you all you need to know. Why it was included in a 'Christmas' collection is beyond me, especially when the King James Bible version of The Nativity is already included. Seems like a cash-in of public domain material and one which I will be looking to return
"Like a Christmas Stocking"
filled with many varied items this collection has stories that I look forward to reading every year and some I had never heard before but all top class authors. Mr Harrison has a pleasant light tenor.
The only thing I disliked was not being able to easily find a specific story.
"Good Classic Christmas Fun"
I found several of these stories very enjoyable to say the least. It ws very fun to listen to some other stories instead of the Christmas carol. Some of the stories are a little dark in nature but others are great. If you have the time and want to be in the Christmas mood give these a chance.
"Excellent for getting and keeping the spirit of Christmas"
Likely recorded over a span of time that might even be years, I suspect, because the recording/editing quality varies from story to story and Harrison's skills wax and wane a bit. But by the time I got to "A Christmas Carol," I thought this quite an accomplishment, to render such disparate writers' styles and give a considered, performative weight to their each and every phrase. The collection is heavily weighted toward Dickens, but besides A Christmas Carol, the Cricket on the Hearth (also a novel) was among my favorites, as was the short story by Tolstoy. Oh, and the Fitzgerald! That was a surprise — and also expertly narrated.
I listened to this from about Christmas Eve and finished just after Epiphany, so it helped me keep the twelve days of Christmas fresh and meaningful.
"Wrong Title for Book"
This collection of literature included too many dark tales to be called a Christmas collection. I agree with another reader that said just because story takes place in winter does not make it a Christmas tale.
"should be called Halloween Tales"
He narrated fine
All but the ones in the last 3 stories.
This (with the exception of 3 stories and one poem) should be listed with Halloween stories. Very dark. Just because a story takes place in winter does not make it a Christmas Story.
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