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12 Days of Holiday Gift Book Suggestions: Day 5

December 14, 2011

Today, we’re expanding our holiday gift suggestions to include a few wonderful holiday audiobooks! After all, audios make great gifts, too! The audiobook version of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” mentioned below will be included in our giveaway at the end of this series. This piece was written by Ebony in our audio division.

If there ever was a perfect time of the year for audiobook listening, the holiday season would be it. New York City in winter seems to be built for the acoustics:  Taxis screech up and down the slushy city streets while Herald Square storefronts loop “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Frosty the Snowman.”  Salvation Army volunteers stand opposite each other on busy street corners, ringing and clinking their bells hoping for one more donation.  With all that noise, I plug into an audiobook to tune out. As December is right in the middle of the hectic holiday season, I take a walk by myself and listen to a holiday classic on audio. Here are a few of my favorite listens.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Other Gifts from Dr. Seuss by Dr. Seuss, read by Walter Matthau and a Full Cast

Walter Matthau made a great living as an actor playing “the grump” on film. In Dennis the Menace, he played the crotchety, old Mr. Wilson to the incorrigible Dennis Mitchell. In Grumpy Old Men, he acted opposite Jack Lemon for the affections of Ann-Margaret. Hello, Dolly fans can’t argue that he played the perfect Horace Vandergelder. In Listening Library’s audiobook recording of How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Other Gifts from Dr. Seuss, Matthau channels the ultimate grump as the Grinch.

Listeners will love this stellar recording of the Dr. Seuss classic. This eleven-story collection includes additional performances by Billy Crystal, Kelsey Grammer, and John Lithgow.

The Night Before Christmas by Rabbit Ears, read by Meryl Streep and a Full Cast

If you’re ever in the mood to feel humbled by your talents, pop in this audiobook recording of The Night Before Christmas, read by Academy Award winner and acting powerhouse Meryl Streep. I don’t consider myself a jealous person, but seriously, sixteen Oscar nominations?! Really?? I just needed to vocalize that.

Streep’s pleasant voice radiates from this incredible audiobook as both a narrator and a singer. Make sure to take a listen!

Magic Tree House #40: Eve of the Emperor Penguin by Mary Pope Osborne, read by the Author

New York City in December is cold, but Antarctica is definitely colder. Jack and Annie’s Magic Tree House takes them to the frigid Arctic continent in the fortieth book in Pope Osborne’s best-selling series. Wrapped in the most unattractive down jacket known to man, trudging over rows of plow generated snow banks, I am a bit more thankful to live in New York City after listening to this audio.  Imagine a cold worse than New York’s in this winter-themed release.

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  1. December 17, 2011 8:07 pm

    Aw I love magic tree house! Even if I’m a bit “old” for them, I still reread them. =)

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