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Deck Your Bookshelves: Audiobooks for the Holiday Season

The days are short, the nights are long, and the season of giving is upon us. These holiday themed audiobooks, from classics to current fiction, are a great way to set the mood. Listen as a family or on your own and get ready to deck your bookshelves!

Mr. Dickens and His Carol

A Novel
By Samantha Silva
Narrated by Euan Morton /  8 hours 8 minutes

"Silva magically captures the world of Victorian London that Dickens was very active in, and even gives him a Muse to inspire the naming of Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim. The mood is helped greatly by the heartwarming British narration by Euan Morton." — Winston Salem Journal

Laced with humor, rich historical detail from Charles... Read More »



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The Deal of a Lifetime

A Novella
By Fredrik Backman
Narrated by Santino Fontana /  47 minutes

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove and Beartown delivers an insightful and poignant tale about finding out what is truly important in life.

It all begins with a father telling a story to his son on Christmas Eve. But this isn’t your typical Christmas story. The father admits to his son that he’s taken a life but he won’t... Read More »



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A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker
By Gregory Maguire
Narrated by Steven Crossley /  10 hours 3 minutes

In this imaginative novel rooted in the rich soil of early-nineteenth-century German Romanticism, beloved New York Times bestselling author Gregory Maguire twins an origin legend of the famous Nutcracker with the life of Drosselmeier, the toymaker who carves him.

Gregory Maguire’s novels have been called "bewitching," "remarkable,"... Read More »



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A Child's Christmas In Wales - Abridged

By Dylan Thomas
Narrated by Dylan Thomas /  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... Read More »



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Holidays on Ice

By David Sedaris
Narrated by David Sedaris, Ann Magnuson & Amy Sedaris /  4 hours 19 minutes

David Sedaris's beloved holiday collection is new again with six more pieces, including a never before published story. Along with such favorites as the diaries of a Macy's elf and the annals of two very competitive families, are Sedaris's tales of tardy trick-or-treaters ("Us and Them"); the difficulties of explaining the Easter Bunny to the... Read More »



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Wishin' and Hopin'

By Wally Lamb
Narrated by Wally Lamb /  4 hours 40 minutes

Wally Lamb, the beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hour I First Believed, I Know This Much Is True, and She’s Come Undone, delivers a holiday treat with Wishin’ and Hopin’—an unforgettable novella that captures the warmth and joy of the holiday season. Poignant and hilarious, in a vein similar to Jean Shepherd’s A Christmas... Read More »



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Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens & Simon Vance
Narrated by Simon Vance /  2 hours 33 minutes

A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens first published by Chapman and Hall and first released on 19 December 1843. The story tells of sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge's ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation after the supernatural visitations of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and... Read More »



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Little Women

The Little Women Series: Book #1
By Louisa May Alcott
Narrated by C. M. Hebert /  18 hours 59 minutes

This favorite book for children, based on the author’s own youthful experiences, describes the family life of the Marches in a small New England community. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March are raised in genteel poverty by their loving mother while their father serves as chaplain during the American Civil War. Jo at fifteen is ungainly,... Read More »



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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

By Barbara Robinson
Narrated by Elaine Stritch /  1 hour 26 minutes

Laughs abound in this bestselling Christmas classic by Barbara Robinson! The Best Christmas Pageant Ever follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, or “the worst kids in the history of the world.” The siblings take over the annual Christmas pageant in a hilarious yet heartwarming tale involving the Three Wise Men, a ham, scared... Read More »



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A Christmas Story

The Book That Inspired the Hilarious Classic Film
By Jean Shepherd
Narrated by Dick Cavett /  3 hours 33 minutes

A beloved, bestselling classic of humorous and nostalgic Americana—the book that inspired the equally classic Yuletide film and the live musical on Fox.

The holiday film A Christmas Story, first released in 1983, has become a bona fide Christmas perennial, gaining in stature and fame with each succeeding year. Its affectionate, wacky,... Read More »



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Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins (Audio)

By Eric Kimmel
Narrated by Gildart Jackson /  21 minutes

On the first night of Hanukkah, a weary traveler named Hershel of Ostropol eagerly approaches a village, where plenty of latkes and merriment should warm him. But when he arrives, not a single candle is lit. A band of frightful goblins has taken over the syna-gogue, and the villagers cannot celebrate at all! Hershel vows to help them. But can... Read More »



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An Irish Country Christmas

A Novel
Irish Country Books: Book #3
By Patrick Taylor
Narrated by John Keating /  16 hours 36 minutes

In An Irish Country Christmas, the third book in Patrick Taylor's Irish Country Books, Barry Laverty, M.B., is looking forward to his first Christmas in the cozy village of Ballybucklebo, at least until he learns that his sweetheart, Patricia, might not be coming home for the holidays. That unhappy prospect dampens his spirits somewhat, but... Read More »



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Skipping Christmas

A Novel
John Grisham
By John Grisham
Narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris /  3 hours 42 minutes

Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That’s just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they’ll skip the holiday altogether. Theirs will be the only house on Hemlock Street without a rooftop Frosty; they won’t be hosting their... Read More »



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How the Light Gets In

A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
Chief Inspector Gamache Novel: Book #9
By Louise Penny
Narrated by Ralph Cosham /  15 hours 1 minute

The ninth book in Louise Penny's New York Times bestselling, critically acclaimed series featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache.

"There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in." —Leonard Cohen

Christmas is approaching, and in Québec it's a time of dazzling snowfalls, bright lights, and gatherings with friends in front of blazing... Read More »



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Hercule Poirot's Christmas

A Hercule Poirot Mystery
Hercule Poirot Mysteries: Book #20
By Agatha Christie
Narrated by Hugh Fraser /  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... Read More »



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Mistletoe and Murder

A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery
The Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries: Book #11
By Carola Dunn
Narrated by Lucy Rayner /  7 hours 46 minutes

Seething resentments, well-kept family secrets, and a savage murder set the stage for Christmas in Cornwall in this cozy holiday installment of the Daisy Dalrymple mysteries.In December 1923, the formidable Dowager Viscountess Dalrymple has decided that for Christmas the family will all gather at Brockdene in Cornwall at the invitation of Lord... Read More »



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