The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

  • by Barbara Robinson
  • Narrated by Elaine Stritch
  • 1 hrs and 26 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. They lie, steal, smoke cigars, swear, and hit little kids. So no one is prepared when this outlaw family invades church one Sunday and decides to take over the annual Christmas pageant.
None of the Herdmans has ever heard the Christmas story before. Their interpretation of the tale (the Wise Men are a bunch of dirty spies and Herod needs a good beating) has a lot of people up in arms. But it will make this year's pageant the most unusual anyone has seen and, just possibly, the best one ever.


What the Critics Say

"One of the best Christmas books ever." (Publishers Weekly)
"Don't miss this hilarious and touching book." (The Boston Globe)


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Customer Reviews

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Great Story, horrible recording

This story, timeless in subject and quite memorable all by itself (which is why I gave it at least two stars) is fatally marred by a terrible recording. The words are barely distinguishable in places and the distortion distracts so badly that a couple of times I almost shut it off in favor of other, better Audible recordings. Audible should remove this version from its inventory and find a better, higher-quality recording. Either that or refund the money of those who purchased this lousy rendition of a wonderful short story. Go look for a better recording; do not purchase this one. You will regret doing so if you do.

FYI, I listened to this on a Sony Home Theater piece of equipment, used with Blu-Ray disks, and an iPod for a recording medium.
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- John A. M. Darnell "Pedantic Voracious"


Elaine Stritch is fantastic. This story is adorable. The sound quality of this recording is so poor that it's impossible to enjoy.
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- Patty

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-02-2005
  • Publisher: HarperAudio