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O. Henry, the pen name for William Sydney Porter, became famous for sentimental stories that conclude with ironic twists. The Gift of the Magi, first published in 1905, is the most famous one of them all.

The story concerns Jim and Della, a couple of modest means who are searching for Christmas gifts for each other. Without revealing too much of this carefully wrought story, the lengths this couple goes to buy the perfect gift ultimately proves how true love equals sacrifice.

In a bell-clear voice, Cindy Hardin Killavey gives a plaintive, empathetic performance of this heart-warming classic.

Publisher's Summary

O. Henry wrote many stories, but this, the story of two "ultimate gifts", is his most famous.
Public Domain (P)1977 Jimcin Recordings

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  • 2008-12-19

Well

Excellent rendition of this classic Christmas story.

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  • Suzy I
  • 2018-12-03

Screech in the background

There is a terrible high pitched screech in the background that I’ve never had on any of my previous audible books. It was very distracting.

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  • Kyona
  • 2020-02-22

Beautiful

I Absolutely love this story. It speaks volumes to how one sacrifices fite the other.

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  • SharHop3
  • 2018-12-19

timeless!

a story that resonates the true meaning of Christmas. a sacrifice for another while giving all you have for someone you love.

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  • Ruth Marie Ziverk
  • 2018-12-01

Wonderful lesson to be learned

Insightful little story that gives some lessons about giving that everyone needs to think about at Christmas. Gave me good memories of my childhood when I read it the first time.

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  • Dr.J.A.P.
  • 2018-07-27

classic short story

Well read, if you have never heard of this story you really should listen to it... like I said it's a classic. The ultimate story of mutual love

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2018-03-06

Gift of the Magi

I'll keep this in my phone forever. To maybe have my son listen to every Christmas. To remind him of what Christmas is really about.

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  • Marilyn Mendoza
  • 2015-09-12

AMAZING STORY!!

I loved how the comparison was made and it was just perfect such an excellent hearing. ❤️