Christmas Audiobooks for Last-Minute Listening

I can only take so much of it before I cry Uncle!

Don't get me wrong...I LOVE the sounds of Christmas playing softly in the background while I dine, shop, and drive during the holiday season. I can catch myself humming Winter Wonderland while I work with the best of them, or walk with an extra spring in my step at the grocers because Frosty the Snowman hits me like that, or even wish a bell ringer Feliz Navidad as I toss a few coins into his red pot because we should all look out for others - but most especially while It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

What I'm saying is, I'm no Scrooge.

But...

There comes a time each season when that holly jolly soundtrack will not quit playing inside my head, despite the lack of it being heard outside my head.

{I see that head nodding. You're picking up what I'm dropping.}

And that, my reading friend, is the perfect time to turn from tuning in to classic Christmas music to enjoying a delightful holiday audiobook.

If you'd like to switch the sounds of your holiday soundtrack, here are a few Christmas Audiobooks for Last-Minute Listening that I think you'll enjoy.

🎧 A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

There's no mistaking why this is the best-loved Christmas classic worldwide and with so many narrators to choose from (Hugh Grant, Tim Curry, Patrick Stewart...), this roughly 3 hour long audiobooks is destined to become your seasonal favorite.

🎧 A Christmas Homecoming by Anne Perry

Who doesn't love a little Christmas drama? This merry little Christmas mystery is a period piece set in an English manor around the holidays as the family hires a traveling actors troupe to help them host a stage production of Bram Stoker's Dracula - and ended up with a lot more than they paid for! Coming in at 4 hours 45 minutes, it's a thrilling tale you can enjoy while you tidy the house for the holidays.

🎧 A Christmas Party by Georgette Heyer 

Also known as Envious Casca, this Regency Mystery is a must-listen during the holiday season. Six holiday guests with probable cause to kill their host and 10.5 hours to figure out whodunit. What says Christmas more than that?

🎧 A Christmas Story by Jean Shepherd

Listen to the short story from which one of your favorite modern Christmas movies was taken. 3.5 hours

🎧 A Cotswold Christmas by Kate Hewitt

A Christmas love story set in "a not-too-quaint village where frosty evenings, welcoming fires, and second chances will make this a Christmas you’ll never forget." 3 hours 45 minutes

🎧 A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg

Read by the Alabama author herself, A Redbird Christmas is a 5.5 hour trip down south for the holidays complete with small town vibes, selfless giving, and Christmas miracles.

🎧 The Christmas Hirelings by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

A heartwarming Christmas story about family beautifully narrated by Richard Armitage. Almost 4 hours

🎧 The Christmas Stories of Louisa May Alcott by Louisa May Alcott

7 hours and 45 minutes of sweet stories of adventure, family, sacrifice, and serving others wrapped up in the beauty of the season.

🎧 Christmas at Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt

Christmas at Willoughby Close is modern-day rom-com set in an English village with a side of sweetness that hits you squarely in the holiday spirit. About 8 hours 15 minutes that will leave you feeling like dancing.

🎧 Dashing Through the Snow by Debbie Macomber

A sweet holiday romance revolving around getting home for the holidays. About 4.5 hours

🎧 Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie

A salty old man invites his family home for the holidays - his last! A 6-hour whodunit that is fun to listen to while you're cooking, cleaning, and wrapping gifts for your own holiday guests.

🎧 Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Sisterly love, sacrifice, fun, friendship, and prickly old relatives thrown in for good measure. Listen to why Little Women is a beloved favorite worldwide this holiday season. 17+ hours, so opt for a full cast of narrators to make listening more enjoyable.

🎧 Miracle Creek Christmas by Krista Jensen

A little over 10 hours of sweet, small-town holiday feels complete with snow, DIY projects, close-knit community, and a little learning to love again. Narrated by Christine Williams whose voice is strikingly similar to the distinct-sounding Carrie Coon (from the tv shows The Gilded Age & Fargo). 

🎧 Mr. Dickens & His Carol by Samantha Silva

At just over 8 hours long, this audiobook is -

"full of holiday cheer and Victorian whimsy...the perfect audiobook to instill listeners with the Christmas spirit." -Audible  

🎧 Mr. Miracle by Debbie Macomber

If you love watching It's a Wonderful Life, you'll enjoy listening to Mr. Miracle by Christmas storyteller, Debbie Macomber. The 5 hours will fly by, leaving you lighter of heart this holiday season.

🎧 Once Upon a Wardrobe by Patti Callahan

What lengths would you be willing to go to in order to bless someone you love deeply? This 7 hour audiobook is for all the Narnia lovers out there.

🎧 Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

This 3 hour 42 minute audiobook is a great soundtrack to your busiest holiday weekends. Running errands has never been funnier! 

🎧 Starry Night by Debbie Macomber

At about 5.5 hours, this sweet Christmas story has all the locations you'd like to be for the holidays (big city + remote wilderness) with the ideal snowy setting to complete a merry little meet-cute holiday romance.

🎧 The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding by Agatha Christie

A missing priceless ruby, a Middle Eastern Prince, and Christmas puddings galore in a proper English manor during the holidays. Clocking in at under an hour, this Agatha Christie holiday mystery is a must-listen this Christmas season.

🎧 The Best Worst Christmas by Kate Forster

Going home for the holidays can be hard, especially when your from a cute English village where the neighbors are gossipy and your Mum is dating your ex's dad. 4.5 hours of sweet English Christmas fun.

🎧 The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans

The Christmas Box is an hour and a half of pure heart, homey holiday feels, and timeless truths about the real meaning of Christmas.

🎧 The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman

"Written with Fredrik Backman's signature humor, compassion, and 'knack for weaving tales that are believable and fanciful' (St. Louis Post-Dispatch), The Deal of a Lifetime reminds us that life is a fleeting gift, and our only legacy is how we share that gift with those we love." I couldn't say it better, Audible. About 45 minutes

🎧 The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

Remember that Little House Christmas episode when everyone sacrificed for one another in order to bless them on Christmas morning? I'm pretty sure this 14 minute short story is where they got the idea. Must-listen this holiday season.

🎧 The Greatest Gift by Philip van Doren Stern

This is the heartwarming story that turned into one of the most iconic Christmas movies of all time - It's a Wonderful Life. 50 minutes

🎧 The Secret of Snow by Viola Shipman

"The forecast is calling for a reluctant homecoming and regrettable decisions with a strong chance of romance....A beautifully written story about second chances. Fans of women’s fiction won’t be able to put this down." (Publishers Weekly) 11.5 hours

🎧 The Upside Down Christmas by Kate Forster

This 3.5 hour Christmas novella is a sunnier side of Christmas - spend down under in Sydney, Australia. If you've ever been away from home for the holidays (or which you were), Kate Forster's merry little love story will hit your holiday sweet spot this year.

🎧 Winter Street by Erin Hilderbrand

Bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand's first Christmas story! A blended, extended family celebrates the season in their Nantucket Inn and guess what - not everything goes according to plan! Relatable and perfectly seasonal. Almost 7 hours.

Care to Share?

I'm always up for a good book rec, so share your favorite Christmas (audio)book recs in the comments to help keep this list growing.

2 comments

  • I have yet to dip my toes into audio books; I will say that being able to absorb a book while doing chores is a good reason to try it.

    Lynda A.
  • Can This Be Christmas? by Debbie Macomber was a sweet listen this week. 🎧

    Ericka

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