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WISHIN' AND HOPIN' A Christmas Story

by | Read by Wally Lamb

Fiction • 4.75 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2009

Wally Lamb narrates this grand slice of American life circa 1964 in the words of 10-year-old Felix Funicello. Adding to the joy, he focuses on one memorable Christmas. Felix is a fifth grader at St. Aloysius Catholic School in New London, Connecticut. Lamb as narrator is glorious; the large Funicello family is warm and distinctive while Felix's fiesty Russian classmate, Zhenya, is hilarious with her mispronunciations of which “bezball” for “baseball” is but one example. As Felix, Lamb speaks kid English and often adds breathless additions or asides to his narrative. Most boisterous is the school's live Christmas tableau during which things go merrily awry. His standout is Felix's Quebecois substitute teacher with her distinctive French laugh. Many listeners will undoubtedly add this treat to their favorite Christmas traditions. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine [Published: JANUARY 2013]



Trade Ed. • Harper Audio • 2009

CD ISBN 9780061953262 $19.99 • Four CDs

DD ISBN 9780061967429 $11.99

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