by Sukey HowardDecember 2008
Sounds of the season
From the tried - and - true to the altogether new, audios are ideal for secret Santa specials, stocking stuffers and last - minute house presents. NPR Holiday Favorites, hosted by the venerable Susan Stamberg, includes Martha Stewart relishing relishes, Father Guido Sarducci on the worst holiday song ever, Meri Danquah's thoughts on Kwanzaa, Kevin Kling's Nutcracker dreams, and holiday cheer from Baxter Black, Jos
David Sedaris has added six new holiday - themed stories to his wildly witty, updated Holidays on Ice, which he reads as only he can.
For a high - action thriller - diller, there's The Spy Who Came for Christmas by David Morrell, a master of the genre. Set in Santa Fe on Christmas Eve, Morrell's tale mixes the suspenseful derring - do of an undercover agent protecting a very special infant from the Russian mafia with a spy's version of the tale of the Magi. A novel take on the true spirit of Christmas. David Colacci narrates.
It wouldn't be Christmas without a new book from Richard Paul Evans and this year's entry, Grace, warmly performed by John Dossett, is up to Evans' heartstring - tugging, bittersweet, touchingly painful, message - filled best. Keep the tissues close at hand.
Favorite Stories of Christmas Past, a collection of 10 stories performed by Ren