Christmas Book at Bedtime: Complete Series

  • by Hans Christian Andersen, Charles Dickens, Laurie Lee
  • Narrated by Patricia Routledge, Joss Ackland, Miriam Margolyes, Judi Dench, Richard Briers
  • 1 hrs and 51 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

Everyone loves a bedtime story. And here are eight of the best from BBC Radio 4's Book at Bedtime, each with a Christmas theme, written by an array of literature's best-known names. They include Laurie Lee, Charles Dickens, and Hans Christian Andersen - just some of the storytellers included in this collection. Amongst those giving voice to these stories are Patricia Routledge, Joss Ackland, Miriam Margolyes, Dame Judi Dench, and Richard Briers. Intriguing, funny, poignant, and above all entertaining, these eight Christmas stories are the best of Book at Bedtime.

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Christmas Stories From The BBC

I almost skipped this enchanting collection of stories set around the holiday season and coming from around the world because of warning reviews. I am so glad I went ahead and gave the collection a chance. What a delight it turned out to be!

The narration was perfection with each story read by a different actor--each completely invested in the production--putting in masterful performances. It couldn't have been better.

The stories are just plain wonderful. A positive collection filled with varying experiences and points of view that I think it would be a shame to judge and discard them so lightly. The story that caused the troublesome reviews was Christmas in New York. The funny thing is is that this story was written by Betty Smith, author of A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. I read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn as a child and loved it. I reread it as an adult and was surprised by how adult the focus and and language was in the stories. The swearing is fairly mild. I find it amusing that the story in question was written for children and about children growing up in the tenements in NYC.

To me, this was a beautiful and thoughtful collection of holiday stories--all of which were evocative of celebrations and merrymaking from many perspectives, angles and worlds. So glad I found it.
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- Sara

A New Tradition

This is more than an Audible purchase, this is a welcome friend who comes to the door during Advent, and lingers like a close friend at the fireside or coffee potted kitchen table. I have revisited Mr Pickwick's Dickens of a Christmas with Mr D. Jacobi bringing forth every note from the fiddle into my imagination. Winter by Laurie Lee remains my favorite, and this year, in the wake of Paris nightmarish winter, all eight of my children sat in the living room lit only by the fireplace and listened to the Christmas Truce on the night of 22 Dec. A most excellent Christmas family prayer. Thank you Audible for savoring
language and the blessings that can come through narration.
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- papa k

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-03-2010
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited