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Blackstone Audio presents another of its popular collections of childhood classics read by celebrity narrators. This time all the stories are centered around Christmas. Included are "The Little Match Girl" read by Robby Benson, "Waldo, Tell Me about Christmas" read by Ralph Waite, "Santasaurus" read by Jonathan Winters, "The History of Christmas" read by Jack Lemmon, "The Blackstone Audio presents another of its popular collections of childhood classics read by celebrity narrators. This time all the stories are centered around Christmas. Included are "The Little Match Girl" read by Robby Benson, "Waldo, Tell Me about Christmas" read by Ralph Waite, "Santasaurus" read by Jonathan Winters, "The History of Christmas" read by Jack Lemmon, "The Gift of the Magi" read by Dudley Moore, and "Miracle on 34th Street" read by Carl Reiner.


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Blackstone Audio presents another of its popular collections of childhood classics read by celebrity narrators. This time all the stories are centered around Christmas. Included are "The Little Match Girl" read by Robby Benson, "Waldo, Tell Me about Christmas" read by Ralph Waite, "Santasaurus" read by Jonathan Winters, "The History of Christmas" read by Jack Lemmon, "The Blackstone Audio presents another of its popular collections of childhood classics read by celebrity narrators. This time all the stories are centered around Christmas. Included are "The Little Match Girl" read by Robby Benson, "Waldo, Tell Me about Christmas" read by Ralph Waite, "Santasaurus" read by Jonathan Winters, "The History of Christmas" read by Jack Lemmon, "The Gift of the Magi" read by Dudley Moore, and "Miracle on 34th Street" read by Carl Reiner.

40 review for Classics of Childhood, Volume Three: A Christmas Collection

  1. 5 out of 5

    SheriC (PM)

    Terrible collection, terribly produced. The only worthwhile story was The Gift of the Magi, but the stilted performance could only just barely be distinguished from the thunderingly loud background music – a problem that affected every story except Miracle on 34th Street, which featured the only good reading performance (Carl Reiner). Unfortunately, it couldn’t overcome the terrible writing, because this is *not* the 1947 Valentine Davies story. I could go on enumerating the flaws, but will dire Terrible collection, terribly produced. The only worthwhile story was The Gift of the Magi, but the stilted performance could only just barely be distinguished from the thunderingly loud background music – a problem that affected every story except Miracle on 34th Street, which featured the only good reading performance (Carl Reiner). Unfortunately, it couldn’t overcome the terrible writing, because this is *not* the 1947 Valentine Davies story. I could go on enumerating the flaws, but will direct you instead to this much better review. Audiobook, borrowed from my public library via Overdrive. I read this for The 16 Tasks of the Festive Season, Square 16: December 26th-31st - Hogmanay / New year’s eve / Watch night / St. Sylvester’s Day: a book where miracles of any sort are performed (the unexplainable - but good - kind).

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    I listened to this audio collection because I wanted to hear The Gift of the Magi and thought it might be nice to hear the other stories as well. The Gift of the Magi turned out to be the only worthwhile selection. The "celebrity" narrators were not very good, save for Carl Reiner. While Anderson's The Little Match Girl is indeed a Christmas classic, it should not be in a collection intended for children. I don't know why people enjoy it so much. It is a story about a child who dies of hypotherm I listened to this audio collection because I wanted to hear The Gift of the Magi and thought it might be nice to hear the other stories as well. The Gift of the Magi turned out to be the only worthwhile selection. The "celebrity" narrators were not very good, save for Carl Reiner. While Anderson's The Little Match Girl is indeed a Christmas classic, it should not be in a collection intended for children. I don't know why people enjoy it so much. It is a story about a child who dies of hypothermia. Heartwarming. Santasaurus and The History of Christmas might be classics to a very small population of children (or nostalgic adults) but with so many universally loved Christmas stories, why choose these? Cheap copyrights? Miracle on 34th Street is certainly a classic but rather than the original novel by Jacqueline Davies which the 1947 film is based on, the "classic" is Tod Strasser's novelization of the 1994 remake. REMAKE. No. You had one job.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tisha (IG: Bluestocking629)

    What a wonderful selection of short stories such as the Little Match Girl and Miracle on 34th St. My favorite was one I had never heard before about a cute little stuffed dinosaur who would like to be Santa Claus in order to be with the girl of his dreams. It was really very cute. This audible version had narrators such as Ralph Waite from the Waltons and Robby Benson from Ice Castles and Beauty and the Beast. I recommended for children and adults of all ages.

  4. 5 out of 5

    J Layne

    Tasteful orchestral traditional Christmas carols play in the background while the shorter stories are narrated. This collection is well done. I take issue with the one story that is unscriptural. See below. The "Waldo" one is Christ-centered. "Santasaurus"" is fantastical (and long), but it does have a heartwarming ending. "The History of Christmas" is unbiblical. Writer says Jesus was a confused child who did not know what he wanted to do in life and that He had to learn about God. Jesus knew why Tasteful orchestral traditional Christmas carols play in the background while the shorter stories are narrated. This collection is well done. I take issue with the one story that is unscriptural. See below. The "Waldo" one is Christ-centered. "Santasaurus"" is fantastical (and long), but it does have a heartwarming ending. "The History of Christmas" is unbiblical. Writer says Jesus was a confused child who did not know what he wanted to do in life and that He had to learn about God. Jesus knew why He came to this earth. Where did the author come up with such things? Not from Scripture. "Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. . . I come to do thy will, O God." (Hebrews 10:7-9). As Matthew Henry said in his excellent commentary on these verses: "When no less sacrifice would be a proper satisfaction to the justice of God than that of Christ himself, then Christ voluntarily came into it: 'Lo, I come! I delight to do thy will, O God! Let thy curse fall upon me, but let these go their way. Father, I delight to fulfil thy counsels, and my covenant with thee for them; I delight to perform all thy promises, to fulfil all the prophecies.' This should endear Christ and our Bibles to us, that in Christ we have the fulfilling of the scriptures." Enjoyed hearing "The Gift of the Magi" again. Also enjoyed the reading of "Miracle on 34th Street". I had never read that one, just have seen the movie. Interesting that the written version is not about Macy's department store but about Kohl's, unsure of how they spell that in the written version. This one was the longest story of the collection, probably close to two hours.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    I very much enjoyed all the stories I listened to in this collection, although I did stop short of listening to the final story (and longest by far!) A Miracle on 34th Street since I have a different (print) version I would prefer to read first. The shorter stories are wonderful to have in my Christmas audio collection and will definitely be revisited in the future.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Like any collection, this was a mixed bag. I did enjoy the bizarre little story "Santa-saurus" and also "Miracle on 34th Street," though I would have preferred the original novel rather than the novelization of the '90s adaptation. Still, it's always a charming story, no matter the format. Like any collection, this was a mixed bag. I did enjoy the bizarre little story "Santa-saurus" and also "Miracle on 34th Street," though I would have preferred the original novel rather than the novelization of the '90s adaptation. Still, it's always a charming story, no matter the format.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Some of the stories were excellent. I didn't car for the first story about Jesus. I didn't like the presentation, and the things that were said. The Little Match Girl made me cry, after all the times I have read or heard it. December 10, 2012 Several children's Christmas story. Santasaurus is a cute story. The Little Match Girl. Miracle on 34th Street. The store in this book is Kohl's. 9 November 2015 Some of the stories were excellent. I didn't car for the first story about Jesus. I didn't like the presentation, and the things that were said. The Little Match Girl made me cry, after all the times I have read or heard it. December 10, 2012 Several children's Christmas story. Santasaurus is a cute story. The Little Match Girl. Miracle on 34th Street. The store in this book is Kohl's. 9 November 2015

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