• Miracle on 34th Street (Dramatized)

  • By: Valentine Davies
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Adapted from the novel by Valentine Davies.

Kris Kringle, forced out of a retirement home for refusing to deny he is Santa Claus, is hired as a seasonal Santa at Macy's in Manhattan. Customers warmly accept him as the very spirit of the season. Susan, the young daughter of Doris Walker, the store's personnel director, likes Kris but does not believe in Santa Claus and tells him that he is merely a Macy's employee. Other children believe that he is the genuine, legendary Real Thing.

When Kris begins recommending that customers shop for the best deal, even if that sends them to competitors, people congratulate the store for its good will and business booms. Mr. Macy is quite happy about that...until some of his employees plot to get rid of him by having him declared insane. Attorney Fred Gailey, Doris' suitor, shows her and Susan the beauty of faith and proves there is a Santa Claus (Kris Kringle) in a court of law.

Audiobook cast principals(in order of appearance):

John Romeo as Kris Kringle
Byron Nilsson as Dr. Pierce
Eric Rose as Jim, the Zookeeper
Elsabeth S. Rogers as Dors
Mary Jane Hansen as Miss Adams
John McGuire as Mr. Shellhammer/Al
Michael Steese as Drunken Santa/Finley
Mort Hess as Mr. Macy
David Bunce as Mr. Sawyer/Lou
Joel Aroeste as Mr. Gimbel/Judge Harper
Marva Ray as Cleo
Timothy Booth as Fred
Alyson Lange as Susan
Meredith Bull as Maryke
Joe Quandt as Mr. Mara
Ron Komora as Charlie Halloran/Dr. Rogers
Will Dedrick as Tommy Mara

©2002 NYS Theatre Institute. All rights reserved.

Featured Article: Miracle on 34th Street—Book vs. Movies


One heartwarming must-watch of the holiday season is Miracle on 34th Street. This classic captures the spirit of Christmas perfectly; after all, as Kris Kringle says in the beloved film, "Christmas isn't just a day, it's a frame of mind." You've probably seen at least one of the movies, but did you know Miracle on 34th Street is also a best-selling novella by Valentine Davies? Learn more about the story that introduced this holiday classic.

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This is a fairly faithful reading of the movie, but there's a lot lost in the translation.

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poor quality choppy sentncs very tingy unrealistic

I tried to listen to this version. I got through a couple sentences before giving up. There were so many things wrong with this voice actor and their pitch/speed and also quality of recording, it made it more stressful to read/listen to. Not recommended.

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A Contemporary Classic Worth Celebrating

Simply timeless. A fresh, inspirational and engaging performance of a holiday favorite. An uplifting must-listen.

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Wonderfully inspiring!

I really loved the story and the performance. The cast was superb! This also got me tears out as the movie.