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Six Christmas Classics Worth Hearing

Listen! — the sounds of the season come to life through these great holiday stories

In the next week or so, many avid readers and family members alike will be looking to immerse themselves in their favorite Christmas movies and books. For countless years, these outlets have served as treats for those looking to revisit their festive inner child — or just kick back and enjoy anew.

Even as most Christmas lovers partake of their usual viewing and reading habits, several others — particularly holiday travelers — will be opting for audiobooks to take them on their familiar heartfelt voyages.

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Regardless of how much trek time, or lack thereof, there is to pass, a six-part collection of Christmas classics from Audiobooks.com should not be overlooked. With the holiday enthusiasts in mind, the company delivers storytelling music to America’s ears with narrations from some of our most familiar voices.

Listeners can throw on headphones, kick back with a cup of eggnog and take in the six classics noted below. After all, what better way to amp up this joyous season than hearing the soothing voices of those we’ve come to know and love? (Well, at least most of them.)

‘The Night Before Christmas’
Those familiarizing themselves with Christmas storytelling culture will seldom do so without hearing a mention of “The Night Before Christmas.” To this day, the source of its creation — be it Clement Clark Moore or Henry Livingston Jr. — is still debated. In the audio version, Academy Award-winning Jeff Bridges, and his assuring voice, breathes new air into this classic short story. The well-known “Big Lebowski” star showcases his character range. Whether you’re five or 50, it’s not hard to see that “The Dude” truly embodies the spirit of St. Nick.

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‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’
Who better to bring The Grinch’s rather unorthodox view of Christmas to life then the late Walter Matthau? A Random House children’s book at its inception, “The Odd Couple” standout unequivocally captures the miserable creature’s positive turnaround in this unabridged recording. If you’re not too gung-ho about this holiday season and looking for a picker-upper, a trip to Whoville with The Grinch will likely have you changing your tune.

The morally bankrupt Ebenezer Scrooge transforms from his miserly ways through his experiences with the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come.

‘The Nutcracker’
Seldom do stories liven one up for the Christmas season like E.T.A. Hoffman’s “The Nutcracker.” This miraculous tale of a toy soldier is brought to life by none other than film noir actress Claire Bloom. “The Streetcar Named Desire” starlet does wonders parlaying this dramatic masterpiece of the antagonist mouse king and enchanted nutcracker.

‘The Polar Express’
It was only fitting that opera sensations Nathan Gunn and Isabel Leonard, among other talents, were brought on under the talents of composer Rob Kapilow for “The Polar Express.” Leonard in particular does a Dr. Seuss’ Gertrude McFuzz a marvelous justice via her welcoming vocals. Further cementing this 21-year-old gem as an audio treat, the Metamorphosis Chamber and Orchestra along with the Polar Express Children’s Choir delight with their harmonious lungs and instruments.

‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’
With “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and its companion piece, “Rudolph Shines Again,” loyal listeners get a double helping of Santa’s ninth and greatest reindeer. Through Rudolph’s progression to significance among his peers, our psyches are reminded of Christmas’s magical possibilities. This origin story was penned by Robert L. May, and Steven R. Thorne does the narration for this national folktale.

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‘A Christmas Carol’
Written at a time when the British were exploring their views on the holidays, “A Christmas Carol” is narrated by fellow countryman Paul Scofield — appropriately. As if he were here today, the stage actor dazzles in his portrayal of the Charles Dickens novella-inspired recording. Right before your very ears, the morally bankrupt Ebenezer Scrooge transforms from his miserly ways through his experiences with the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come.

Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature called this highly acclaimed masterpiece “perhaps the outstanding Christmas myth of modern literature.”

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