Tinsel Tales

  • by NPR
  • Narrated by Lynn Neary
  • 2 hrs and 17 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

Ho ho ho! Here's what to listen to while driving to the mall, wrapping gifts, entertaining friends, or relaxing in front of a crackling holiday fire.
In Scott Simon's modern version of the Christmas story, Jesus is born in an abandoned factory near Cleveland and the Three Wise Persons bring Chipotle gift cards. Claudia Sanchez gives a Latin accent to "A Visit from St. Nicholas". Barbara Bradley Hagerty explores what Christmas means for the boy choristers of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. (Hint: Handel). In a treasured 1974 recording, humorist, author, radio personality, and blacklisting victim John Henry Faulk tells of "the wonderfulest Christmas in the United States of America". A son believed missing in action during WWII is found in time for his family to celebrate the holiday. And a Vietnam veteran tells Weekend Edition Sunday about a "Silent Night" that brought hope to patients in a military hospital.
And that's just the star-topped tip of the tree. Each year, listeners tune into NPR for holiday offerings of all kinds: funny, touching, insightful, and surprising. Now anyone can listen anytime to these evergreen delights.

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What the Critics Say

"Might be reason enough to start a new holiday listening tradition....a festive stocking stuffer of an audio". (AudioFile)
"Little could fill us with the Christmas spirit more readily than listening to NPR's Tinsel Tales. This is a collection of favorite Christmas stories selected by NPR voices throughout the years. Each selection stands alone as narrators share their special joys of the season, hopes for the future, and childhood memories. It would be impossible to select a favorite." (Gail Cooke)

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A Worthwhile Holiday Tradition

If you could sum up Tinsel Tales in three words, what would they be?

Warm holiday tales


What was one of the most memorable moments of Tinsel Tales?

The story, "Doing It in the Closet," read in the rich Scottish voice of John McIlwraith. This amusing tale of parents seeking a bit of privacy. It's rich and suggestive and, of course, not as naughty as it sounds at first!


Which character – as performed by Lynn Neary – was your favorite?

Lynn acted as host, NPR style, introducing features by reporters and artists. Her personal description of making a Gingerbread home was useful and enjoyable.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, my extreme reaction is one of warmth and joy. This is as comfortable as a cup of your favorite warm beverage while curled up by the fire.


Any additional comments?

I recommend this as a nice tradition, whether listening to it while traveling to visit relatives or alone by the fire after sundown.

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- John Grigas

Like Christmas presents some underwear and not

Any additional comments?

This is a compilation of many stories over many years. At least they didn't have what the 12 gifts of Christmas would cost today. But they also have some stories that will leave you in tears of joy and laughter. Well worth unwrapping the socks and underwear to get to the real gems.

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- Dan Vogel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-19-2012
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books