SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!
Sigh. This had a contrived plot with cut-out characters and an obvious ending. But it all added up to something that moved me, and yes, I'm almost embarrassed to say, next Christmas I'll be listening to it again. It kind of creeps up on you. I can only throw my hands up in the air and grin helplessly. I am glad, however, that I bought it as a Daily Deal. I wouldn't recommend using a credit it for it or for any of Kincaid's other heart warmers as they're so dastardly contrived.
They're all characters you've read before, but they work well together, and you wind up feeling something when you sure as hell didn't mean to. This is a difficult book for me to review, as, really: we've all read this story before.
Mark Bramhall gives a decent performance, but he lacked a certain energy that the story certainly could've used. The main character is an aging, tired and resigned man, with ghosts in his past, and this definitely comes across. But it kind of left me feeling a little old, a little tired, a little resigned...
And here's the odd part: I felt a tear or two sting my eyes as I got to the end. Why? All I can figure out is that Kincaid wrote a predictable end, but there's a small twist to it. Something I didn't expect and that made me feel as though the main character suddenly needed redemption and found it.
I know! I know! This review is all over the place, but so's the book. It's a nice little story, worth the time listening to, but it's not worth the entire credit. Listen to it, wipe a tear or two away, but wait until it's a Daily Deal
Love to read - began listening to audio books while driving - to keep me from falling asleep. Have grown to LOVE audio books - I'm addicted!
The narrator was amazing. He did such a great job of capturing the emotion and personalities of the characters. The story is just so positive! It made me feel good!
Say something about yourself!
Such a heartwarming story with plenty of giggles. I didn't expect to get as sucked in as I did. Usually I am a mystery thriller horror story kind of reader but this was great. He is accurate on animal shelter operations and I love the message provided! A must for dog lovers!
I would recommend this book to everyone. It is a heart touching and fun book to listen to. The reader is very good at portraying the characters.
I would recommend this audiobook it was a very good listen. It was a refreshing and something the entire family could enjoy.
The dog was my favorite character.
He brought the whole thing together. Very good narrator.
Each and every character played a vital role which centered around the dog named Christmas.
I bought this book to listen to while I did my Christmas preparations. Wrapping presents can be tedious, but I found myself looking for opportunities to sneak away to wrap presents just so I could listen to the story. Incidentally, I got my chores done in record time this year!
The story of A Dog Named Christmas was heartwarming. We do not have a family dog. You definitely don't have to have one to enjoy this book, although by the end you may just find yourself at the local rescue shelter. I loved it so much that, within a week of finishing it, I decided to listen to it again with my 11-year-old daughter during our 30-minute drive to her ballet class. She loved it so much that she was motivated to get her homework done faster so she could listen to the book rather than do work on the drive.
The performance of the narrator is exactly what it should be, so much so that I thought the author was narrating it. It was a wonderful performance. I felt I would like to know these characters in real life and I was sad for the story to end. I'll definitely listen again.
A passionate listener of Sci-Fi/Fantasy novels.
It is entirely possible that the story as a whole is a good one. I did not get past the first 20 minutes of the narration. I had to stop the moment used the stereotypical "retarded voice" for Todd, who is developmentally challenged. That is the same horrible voice that schoolyard bullies used to torment special education students when I was young. It is a lazy choice done in poor taste.
No one can convince me that the narrator couldn't have approached this in a more sophisticated manner, especially since the author states that after watching or talking with Todd briefly, you would realize there was something "usual" about him. The emphasis seems to be on how the young man thinks differently--no need for bells and whistles screaming his differences! Something more subtle was called for here. The narrator has a good voice overall. He could have done so much better.
A very sweet story, which was a joy to listen to
I loved the father, he was wise and commical.
I loved the fact that I couldn't stop listening - whether it was at WalMart buying groceries or just resting on the couch.
My favorite character is the son though I can't remember his name.
I will be listening to this one again. Wonderful story about family and healing. Loved the characters and the first person telling of the story. The narrator was perfect for this one. Wonderfully surprised and ended with a heartfelt feel good spirit.