The Gift of the Magi


Read by Betsie Bush

(4.5 stars; 55 reviews)

The Gift of the Magi is an O. Henry short story in which a young couple are very much in love with each other but can barely afford their one-room apartment. For Christmas, they each make a sacrifice to purchase a gift for the other, with ironic results.

The moral of the story is that physical possessions, however valuable they may be, are of little value in the grand scheme of things. The true unselfish love that the characters, Jim and Della, share is greater than their possessions.

O. Henry ends the story by clarifying the metaphor between the characters in the story, Della and James (or Jim), and the Biblical Magi. The Gift of the Magi features O. Henry's characteristic twist ending and use of flowery diction.
(Summary adapted from Wikipedia.org)

(0 hr 13 min)

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The Gift of the Magi 13:22 Read by Betsie Bush

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A beautiful narration of an exquisitely beautiful story

(5 stars)

That was a beautiful narration of one of the most beautiful and may I add, quite unconventional, love stories of all time. The listener will love this as much as the reader will enjoy this timeless tale!

sweet story

(5 stars)

enjoyed this little tale of Christmas sacrifice. it inspired a Christmas large hard covered book I have Called Mommas Christmas gift.

Hmmm -- no.

(1.5 stars)

Very pedestrian reading. Didn't do anything for this classic short story.

Great reading. The reader has a very pleasant voice.

(5 stars)

jpk

(5 stars)

Great story well done. Merry Christmas