Wednesday, November 23, 2011

2011 Holiday Guide: Audio books and celebrations of Christmas

'Santa with sack' photo by Paula Slade

Today’s article, the third installment in this series, serves as an introduction to, and also provides entertainment ideas in the category of Christmas audio books that are perfect for taking along on holiday travels, or just enjoying the season at home. is an Amazon company. Their audio books, which number over 100,000 selections, are offered abridged, unabridged and in dramatized formats, and are set at reasonable price points.

The full library collection, which audible offers, ranges from audio books for Kids and Teens, to New Releases, Best-sellers and Award-winners. Other categories you’ll find include: Mysteries; Thrillers; Sci-Fi; Fantasy; History and more. provides easy browsing and shopping by category and also allows you to narrow your gift search down to a specific keyword, author, title or narrator.

Excellent sound samples are provided enabling you to listen to your selection before you purchase.

All audio books are compatible with iPod®, iPhone®, BlackBerry, and more than 500 popular MP3 players.

Audible also provides telephone-shopping support at 1-888-283-5051 (USA & Canada), 973-820-0400 (International) Mon - Fri 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM ET, Sat 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM ET, and online customer service support 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.

Currently, is offering several rather enticing membership programs based on either a monthly or annual rate, which start as low as $7.49 per month to $229.50 per year. 

Purchasing without membership advantages and at straight retail pricing is always an option.

The Christmas audio books that are featured have been researched for quality as well as value, and are geared to provide the children or teen in your life with many hours of positive and fun-filled entertainment.

The color-highlighted Christmas audio books that are below are provided with links for standard pricing as well as special discounted membership pricing

Each audio book's title will connect you with a sound sample, so you may wish to bookmark this page to enable further explorations at your leisure or to browse for non-holiday titles.

From now until December 21, 2011, many other new offerings will be featured on National Children’s Entertainment, covering a wide variety of entertainment-oriented items, so if you don’t find something today, be sure to check back often.

As always, you are the best judge of what is appropriate for your child’s entertainment


Narrated by Patrick Stewart

In this tale about the true meaning of Christmas and the generosity of spirit, Patrick Stewart, one of the finest actors of stage, television and screen delivers an outstanding interpretation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel. His narration brings true theatre to the mind’s eye.

Length:1 hr and 47 mins
Release Date:09-25-06
Regular Price:$13.27


How the Grinch Stole Christmas


Narrated by Walter Matthau

Boris Karloff may own the television version of the Grinch, but in this audio book, Walter Matthau takes center stage and delivers a performance like a favorite uncle - a true child’s delight.

Length:12 mins
Release Date:06-26-06
Regular Price:$3.93


Narrated by Dylan Thomas

A recording of this caliber doesn’t get much better than this – pairing the words and the distinctive voice of one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, Thomas' rich language melts into tender recollections of Christmas past. Prose narrated like pure poetry.

Length:48 mins.
Release Date:12-16-99
Regular Price:$13.27


Narrated by Peter Linz

Linz delivers a happy, animated and energized narration of this classic Clement Moore poem.

Length:5 mins
Release Date:02-08-08
Regular Price:$1.95

If you’ve found this article to be helpful with your holiday shopping, you may also want to review the following previous posts.

2011 Holiday Guide: Holiday DVDs for gift-giving

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