A Classic Tales Christmas

  • by O. Henry, Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Dickens, Hans Christian Anderson, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by B.J. Harrison
  • 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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:


"The Flying Stars", by G.K. Chesterton
"Markheim", by Robert Louis Stevenson
"The Goblins and the Gravedigger", by Charles Dickens
"Do You Hear What I Hear?" sung by Wooster and Jeeves
"Christmas at Sea", poem by Robert Louis Stevenson
"Reginald on Christmas Presents", by Saki
"The Life of Our Lord", by Charles Dickens
"Christmas Trees", by Robert Frost
"The Little Match Girl", by Hans Christian Andersen
"The Christmas Story" (Luke 2:7-14) from The King James Bible
"'Twas the Night Before Christmas", by Clement Moore
"A Cricket on the Hearth", by Charles Dickens
"Thar' Be No Place Like Home (Fer the Holidays)", sung by Long John Silver
"The Blue Carbuncle", by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
"Where Love Is, God Is", by Leo Tolstoy
"The Ice Palace", by F. Scott Fitzgerald
"The Gift of the Magi", by O. Henry
"The Last Leaf", by O. Henry
"Behind the White Brick", by Francis Hodgson Burnett
"A Christmas Carol", by Charles Dickens

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Awful narration

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.
Very disappointed.
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- Sahm_ennis

Tenuous links to Christmas

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
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- Alex

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-03-2012
  • Publisher: B.J. Harrison