Random House Audio Listening Library

Holiday Listens for Families

Sharing stories together during the holidays is a cherished tradition in many families.  Whether you’ve got a long drive over the river and through the woods to Grandma’s house or are gathering in front of the fireplace on a snowy night, these audiobooks are sure to get you in the holiday spirit!

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL
By Charles Dickens, read by Jim Dale

A classic.  The superb Jim Dale (voice of the Harry Potter series) narrates Scrooge’s journey from “Bah, Humbug!” to “Merry Christmas!”

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HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS AND OTHER GIFTS FROM DR. SEUSS
by Dr. Seuss, title story read by Walter Matthau

This star-studded recording features Walter Matthau as The Grinch, and includes other Seuss staples The Cat in the Hat and The Cat in the Hat Comes Back (read by Kelsey Grammer), Horton Hears a Who (read by Dustin Hoffman), Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? (read by John Cleese), The Lorax (read by Ted Danson), Yertle the Turtle (read by John Lithgow) and Horton Hatches the Egg (read by Billy Crystal).

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THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
By Clement C. Moore, read by Meryl Streep

Academy Award winner Meryl Streep narrates this Christmas Eve tradition.

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JUNIE B., FIRST GRADER: JINGLE BELLS, BATMAN SMELLS (P.S.  SO DOES MAY)
by Barbara Park, read by Lana Quintal

It’s holiday time, and Room One is doing lots of fun things to celebrate. Like making elf costumes! And singing joyful songs! Only, how can Junie B. enjoy the festivities when Tattletale May keeps ruining her holiday glee? And here is the worst part of all! When everyone picks names for Secret Santa, Junie B. gets stuck with Tattletale you-know-who! It’s enough to fizzle your holiday spirit! Hmm . . . or is it? Maybe, just maybe, a Secret Santa gift is the perfect opportunity to give May exactly what she deserves.

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A SEASON OF GIFTS
by Richard Peck, read by Ron McLarty

One of the most adored children’s book characters of all time is the eccentric, forceful, bighearted Grandma Dowdel, star of the Newbery Medal—winning A Year Down Yonder and Newbery Honor—winning A Long Way from Chicago. And it turns out that her story isn’t over–not even close.

It is now 1958, and a new family has moved in next door to Mrs. Dowdel–a family in desperate need of her help (whether they realize it or not). There’s twelve-year-old Bob, shy on courage in a town full of bullies; his Elvis-obsessed older sister, Phyllis, who just might be on the verge of spinning out of control; Bob’s little sister, Ruth Ann, ready and waiting for a larger-than-life role model; and even Bob’s two parents, the young minister and his wife, who are amazed to discover that the last house in town might also be the most vital. As Christmas rolls around, the whole family will realize that they’ve found a true home, and a neighbor with remarkable gifts to share.



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