A Christmas Blizzard

  • by Garrison Keillor
  • Narrated by Garrison Keillor
  • 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A wealthy and depressed man (thanks to the economy, he's not quite rich enough to expand his cache of paintings by Vincent Van Guy, the famed Dutch realist) bound for Christmas in the tropics is abruptly summoned home to North Dakota to visit an ailing aunt. He arrives just in time to be trapped there by a blizzard. The electricity goes out, and when it does, figures from his childhood appear, and historical figures too, for a festive candlelit holiday.
In his reverie, our man reaches an epiphany worthy of the season - he hears the harkening angels sing, he is awed by the silence of the night (dead quiet: not even TV), and when he is finally rescued, leaves North Dakota resolved to simplify his life.

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What the Critics Say

“This polished production brims with seasonal cheer, caustic wit, and Keillor’s signature folksy style.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Rife with imagination and humor.” (Plain Dealer)
“In this manic lead-up to Christmas Eve, Keillor exhibits his brilliance for drawing spon-on caricatures.” (The Washington Post)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

True Meaning of Life not just Christmas

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I loved this story. It brings to mind how different we all are and if we only take the time to listen we might understand each other. It was funny and thought provoking.


Which scene was your favorite?

The Christmas Eve dinner party


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes


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- Eileen

For Keillor Fans

I wish I could give this book a higher rating, but unfortunately I just can't. Although Garrison Keillor's familiar voice is like listening to an old friend, the book flags in the middle. It is hard for me to finish it. There are some very, very funny parts to it, but I suspect that Garrison Keillor's forte is in telling and writing shorter stories than this. If you're looking for a little something to put you in the holiday spirit and you're a diehard fan, then you might want to drop your credit on listening to this book during your work drive or as you wrap presents. But for me, it just didn't sustain my interest the way the Lake Wobegon stories do.
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- Catherine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-05-2011
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books