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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (683 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jean Shepherd Narrator: Dick Cavett Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The holiday film A Christmas Story, first released in 1983, has become a bona fide Christmas perennial, gaining in stature and fame with each succeeding year. Its affectionate, wacky, and wryly realistic portrayal of an American family’s typical Christmas joys and travails in small-town Depression-era Indiana has entered our imagination and our hearts with a force equal to It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street.

This edition of A Christmas Story gathers together in one hilarious volume the gems of autobiographical humor that Jean Shepherd drew upon to create this enduring film. Here is young Ralphie Parker’s shocking discovery that his decoder ring is really a device to promote Ovaltine; his mother and father’s pitched battle over the fate of a lascivious leg lamp; the unleashed and unnerving savagery of Ralphie’s duel in the show with the odious bullies Scut Farkas and Grover Dill; and, most crucially, Ralphie’s unstoppable campaign to get Santa—or anyone else—to give him a Red Ryder carbine action 200-shot range model air rifle. Who cares that the whole adult world is telling him, “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid”?

The pieces that comprise A Christmas Story, previously published in the larger collections In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash and Wanda Hickey’s Night of Golden Memories, coalesce in a magical fashion to become an irresistible piece of Americana, quite the equal of the film in its ability to warm the heart and tickle the funny bone.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tlnorz | 2/17/2014

    " This is a collection of Jean Shepherd short stories, the stories that form the bulk of the all-time best movie about being a kid at Christmas, "A Christmas Story." One thing I like about this book is the differences between the movie and the book. The movie was based on the book but is different enough that the book and the movie can stand on their own. I enjoyed reading this book at Christmastime and know that I will read it multiple times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Don Murphy | 2/16/2014

    " Drop dead funny. Read it in a day, and couldn't stop laughing. Most of the essays in this were used for the movie, and the transition from page to screen is near-perfect. If you love the movie, this is a must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rachel Willis | 2/11/2014

    " I really liked all but one of these short stories. For the most part they were funny, well-written, and inventive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Iesha laile | 1/23/2014

    " it was a good book "

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About the Author

Jean Shepherd (1921–1999) was an American writer, actor, and radio and television personality. He is best known for the film A Christmas Story, which he narrated and co-scripted based on his own semi-autobiographical stories.