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  • Written by: Dr. Seuss
  • Narrated by: Walter Matthau
  • Length: 12 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)
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How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Written by: Dr. Seuss
Narrated by: Walter Matthau
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The Grinch, whose heart is two sizes too small, hates Who-ville's holiday celebrations, and plans to steal all the presents to prevent Christmas from coming. To his amazement, Christmas comes anyway, and the Grinch discovers the true meaning of the holiday.

©1957, 1985 Dr. Seuss Enterprises (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

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paid $3 for a 12 minute story I'm not happy

I'm really not happy I didn't realize that I was actually paying $3 for a 12 minute audio story for my 6 year old niece to go to sleep too and if anybody has children we all know that it takes more than 12 minutes to have a child fall asleep other than that the story is great but I'm not impressedand my 6-year-old niece is very very sad right now

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Not good

I love Walter Matthau but I hate books that have music - it distracts from the story quite badly and this book has music all the way through. It was a total waste of money. Not worth it!

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Rip off

Was no worth the money for this 10 minute story. I wish I could get my credit back. Dont purchase

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Best Christmas Story

This has always been a must read/watch at Christmas time. I really enjoyed it.

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Great Story and wonderfully Read

I have watched the Grinch every year at Christmas since I was little. This is just a wonderful quick way of bringing back those memories and getting me into the Christmas spirit in just a short period of time.

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Background music detracted from story

Not only did the background music detract from the story, but the characters voices felt out of place. Narrator was good otherwise.

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good but awful to listen to

I love this book but the voice he uses for the grinch is awful and made me not wanna listen to this book.

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Top Favourite!

Classic! Always a pleasure to listen to Dr. Seuss at Christmas time while eating Christmas cookies and drinking hot Cocoa! That's right,

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The Grinch!

I love the Grinch, and this audiobook was exactly what I wanted it to be. A fun retelling of one of my favourite Christmas tales.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 2017-01-02

THE WARM LIGHTED WINDOWS

BORIS KARLOFF AND WALTER MATTHAU
As most people know, it is an excellent story. One all children should hear over and over. I grew up loving Walter Matthau, as most people my age have. I give the book and narration five stars, but I will have to admit that Boris Karloff, who did the cartoon in the 60's is a much better narrator. As there is not a Karloff addition offered, don't deny you children access to this great story and Matthau does a good job.

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  • Glenn
  • 2009-11-29

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I bourht this for my grandchildren. I am legally blind. I am unable to read to my babies, this was absolutely perfect for what i wanted it to do. Great narrotor, great music, and good sound effects.

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  • Sheri C
  • 2007-12-30

Enjoyable, but...

Having grown up listening to Boris Karloff's beautiful narration, Matthau's reading seemed strangely flat. However, the story is still as enjoyable as ever - a timeless classic!

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  • Beckieweckie
  • 2015-01-03

Great book!

Exceeded out expectations!
Narration was outstanding!
Love dr Seuss books
My daughter loves this story and said every word by heart

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  • RV
  • 2014-12-24

Walter Matthau was not a great narrator.

Would you try another book from Dr. Seuss and/or Walter Matthau?

Dr Seuss yes. Walter Mattau no

What did you like best about this story?

The plot.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Walter Matthau?

Kevin Spacey

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes

Any additional comments?

He seems to be shouting through the story.

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  • EmilyK
  • 2013-10-13

Christmas Classic to Share with Your Kids

Would you consider the audio edition of How the Grinch Stole Christmas to be better than the print version?

It is certainly a fun one to listen to on audio.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

We did listen in one sitting -- it is very short.

Any additional comments?

The audio isn't the best quality. And of course it is very short -- I wished it had been paired with other Christmas stories.

But I assume most folks know what they are getting with the Grinch, and this recording could save parents of younger children from repeat readings!

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  • steve
  • 2010-03-01

Great but...

Not quite as good as the book or movie. While still a fun listen, Walter Mathau's voice isn't as good as one might think or even expect for the character of the Grinch.

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  • Heather
  • 2012-12-24

Loved it!

Would you listen to How the Grinch Stole Christmas again? Why?

Yes and my daughter and I do play it over & over.. She is 5 and just loves it.

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  • Renea
  • 2011-08-04

A Christmas Classic

While no one could tell this story quite like Boris Karloff, Walter Matthau does a nice job bringing the Grinch to life. My son loves listening to this one.

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  • Kari
  • 2009-10-31

My kids love this story.

I too grew up watching this on tv at Christmas and so to hear Walter Matthau narrate it doesn't sound right to me BUT my kids LOVE it. They have listened to it a hundred times I am sure.
Great to put on at bedtime as it is only 12 minutes long.

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