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Christmas Favorites

Some of our favorite holiday fictions for your listening pleasure

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Top Elf

By Caleb Zane Huett
Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
Length: 8 hours 34 minutes

Ollie and Celia think they know what the life of an elf is supposed to be like: Make toys. Help Santa. Make more toys. Help Santa. Try out a new ice-cream flavor. Help Santa. But then Santa rocks the North Pole with a surprise announcement! He's decided this is going to be his last year in the Big Red Suit, and, instead of letting his oldest...

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Hercule Poirot's Christmas

A Hercule Poirot Mystery
Hercule Poirot Mysteries: Book #20

By Agatha Christie
Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
Length: 6 hours 8 minutes

In Hercule Poirot’s Christmas, the holidays are anything but merry when a family reunion is marred by murder—and the notoriously fastidious investigator is quickly on the case.

Christmas Eve, and the Lee family’s reunion is shattered by a deafening crash of furniture and a high-pitched wailing scream. Upstairs, the tyrannical Simeon Lee lies dead...

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A Child's Christmas In Wales - Abridged - Abridged

By Dylan Thomas
Narrated by: Dylan Thomas
Length: 46 minutes

First recorded in February of 1952, this remastered recording of Dylan Thomas reading A Child’s Christmas in Wales recalls all of the sights, smells, and sounds of a long-ago Christmas.

Thomas’s wonderful recollection of this holiday in the seaside town of his youth is captured in this vivid performance. Also included are five poems selected and...

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A Treasury of African American Christmas Stories

By Bettye Collier-Thomas
Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo
Length: 7 hours 34 minutes

A collection of Christmas stories written by African-American journalists, activists, and writers from the late 19th century to the modern civil rights movement.

Back in print for the first time in over a decade, this landmark collection features writings from well-known black writers, activists, and visionaries such as Pauline Hopkins, Langston... Read more »
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One Day in December

A Novel

By Josie Silver
Narrated by: Eleanor Tomlinson & Charlie Anson
Length: 10 hours 26 minutes


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Get ready to be swept up in a whirlwind romance. It absolutely charmed me.”—Reese Witherspoon (A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick)

“The perfect book to get lost in . . . Josie Silver’s characters sneak their way into your heart and stay.”—Jill Santopolo, author of
The Light We Lost

Two people. Ten chances. One...
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The Gift of the Magi - Abridged - Abridged

The Classic Christmas Story

By O. Henry
Narrated by: Joe Bevilacqua & Lorie Kellogg
Length: 15 minutes

In a shabby New York flat, Della sobsas she counts the few coins she has saved to buy a Christmas present for herhusband, Jim. A gift worthy of her devotion will require a great sacrifice:selling her long, beautiful hair.

Jim, meanwhile, has made a sacrificefor Della that is no less difficult. As they exchange gifts on Christmas Eve,the...

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The Tailor of Gloucester

By Beatrix Potter
Narrated by: Josh Verbae
Length: 20 minutes

In the time of swords and periwigs and full-skirted coats with flowered lappets—when gentlemen wore ruffles, and gold-laced waistcoats of paduasoy and taffeta—there lived a tailor in Gloucester. He sat in the window of a little shop in Westgate Street, cross-legged on a table, from morning till dark. All day long while the light lasted he sewed... Read more »
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The Snow Queen

By Hans Christian Andersen
Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
Length: 1 hours 20 minutes

Hans Christian Andersen's beloved tale The Snow Queen is an enchanting story of the bond of love and friendship between young playmates Kai and Gerda. When a small shard of a wicked troll's broken mirror lodges in Kai's eye and heart, he loses his joyfulness and sees only the world's imperfections. With his heart turned to ice, the Snow Queen... Read more »
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The Snow Queen

A Novel

By Michael Cunningham
Narrated by: Claire Danes
Length: 6 hours 47 minutes

A darkly luminous new novel from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Hours

Michael Cunningham's luminous novel begins with a vision. It's November 2004. Barrett Meeks, having lost love yet again, is walking through Central Park when he is inspired to look up at the sky; there he sees a pale, translucent light that seems to regard him in a...

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Christmas on the Island

A Novel

By Jenny Colgan
Narrated by: Sarah Barron
Length: 7 hours 35 minutes

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Café by the Sea—whose novels are “an evocative, sweet treat” (JOJO MOYES)—comes this heartwarming holiday novel set on a charming Scottish island.

On the remote Scottish island of Mure, the Christmas season is stark, windy, and icy—yet incredibly festive and beautiful...

It's a time for getting...

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Comfort & Joy

A Fable

By Kristin Hannah
Narrated by: Sandra Burr
Length: 6 hours 6 minutes

New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah is beloved by readers around the world for her unique blend of powerful emotion and exquisite storytelling. In Comfort & Joy, she offers a modern-day fairy tale—the story of a woman who gets a miraculous chance at happiness.

Joy Candellaro once loved Christmas more than any other time of the...

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Christmas in London

A Novel

By Anita Hughes
Narrated by: Caroline Slaughter
Length: 7 hours 15 minutes

“Reading Christmas in London you’ll feel magically transported!" Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author of A Lowcountry Christmas

Set during London's most festive time of year and filled with delicious food Anita Hughes' Christmas in London is about love and friendship, and the season's most important lesson: learning how to ask...

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Hiddensee

A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker

By Gregory Maguire
Narrated by: Steven Crossley
Length: 10 hours 3 minutes

Hiddensee

“This origin story of the Nutcracker's creator blurs the lines of fantasy. In it, we are treated to the best commentary on mythology, whether Greek or Germanic. Resurrected from death at a young age, Dirk Drosselmeier returns to the living with a gift from the great god Pan. As he grows older, Dirk remains young at heart and becomes a master figurine and toy maker. Maguire's gift at fleshing out characters of beloved and classic tales is so evident in Hiddensee that it will keep you reading at all costs.”

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Starry Night

A Christmas Novel

By Debbie Macomber
Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
Length: 5 hours 21 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

’Tis the season for romance, second chances, and Christmas cheer with this new novel from Debbie Macomber.
 
Carrie Slayton, a big-city society-page columnist, longs to write more serious news stories. So her editor hands her a challenge: She can cover any topic she wants, but only if she first scores the paper an... Read more »
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Winter Street

Booktrack Edition
Winter Street: Book #1

By Elin Hilderbrand
Narrated by: Erin Bennett
Length: 6 hours 51 minutes

In bestseller Elin Hilderbrand's first Christmas novel, a family gathers on Nantucket for a holiday filled with surprises.

Kelley Quinn is the owner of Nantucket's Winter Street Inn and the proud father of four, all of them grown and living in varying states of disarray. Patrick, the eldest, is a hedge fund manager with a guilty conscience.... Read more »
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The Deal of a Lifetime

A Novella

By Fredrik Backman
Narrated by: Santino Fontana
Length: 47 minutes

In this short story enhanced with beautiful illustrations, the bestselling author of A Man Called Ove, Beartown, and Anxious People delivers an insightful and poignant tale about finding out what is truly important in life.

A father and a son are seeing each other for the first time in years. The father has a story to share before it’s too late.... Read more »
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The Usual Santas

A Collection of Soho Crime Christmas Capers

By Mick Herron, Cara Black, Peter Lovesey & Helene Tursten
Narrated by: Jonathan Yen, John Keating, Barbara Caruso, Luis Moreno, Elizabeth Sastre & Carine Montbertrand
Length: 12 hours 10 minutes

Sixteen delightful holiday short stories by some of your favorite Soho Crime authors! Featuring short crime fiction by: Helene Tursten, Mick Herron, Martin Limon, Timothy Hallinan, Mette Ivie Harrison, Colin Cotterill, Ed Lin, Stuart Neville, Tod Goldberg, Henry Chang, James R. Benn, Lene Kaaberbol & Agnete Friis, Gary Corby, Cara Black,... Read more »
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Mr. Dickens and His Carol

A Novel

By Samantha Silva
Narrated by: Euan Morton
Length: 8 hours 8 minutes

Mr. Dickens and His Carol

“Full of fantastic period detail and delightful prose, Mr. Dickens and His Carol is a wonderful companion to the enduring holiday classic A Christmas Carol. A month before Christmas, Charles Dickens is informed that his latest serial is a failure and he must produce a holiday story in one month's time or pay back his publishers for their losses. Beleaguered by his demanding relatives and expectant children, Dickens turns churlish and is unable to find any Christmas left within him to produce a fitting book. Fate intervenes when a mysterious woman crosses his path and becomes his much-needed muse, sending Dickens on a journey of inward reflection and reminding him not only of the joys of the season but how his cherished works are a gift for everyone who reads them.”

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas

By Dr. Seuss
Narrated by: Walter Matthau
Length: 12 minutes

The Grinch, whose heart is two sizes too small, hates Who-ville's holiday celebrations, and plans to steal all the presents to prevent Christmas from coming. To his amazement, Christmas comes anyway, and the Grinch discovers the true meaning of the holiday. Read more »
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Merry Christmas, Alex Cross

By James Patterson
Narrated by: Michael Boatman, Stephen Kunken & Cristin Milioti
Length: 6 hours 5 minutes

It's Christmas Eve and Detective Alex Cross has been called out to catch someone who's robbing his church's poor box. That mission behind him, Alex returns home to celebrate with Bree, Nana, and his children. The tree decorating is barely underway before his phone rings again--a horrific hostage situation is quickly spiraling out of control.... Read more »
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