A lighthearted, superficial and mostly amusing look at what is considered a "typical" American Christmas, up to being set in a Midwestern suburb. Caricatures (not characters) in situations either pushing the crassest stereotypes of Christmas ("must do this"), or trying to dodge ALL of the holiday, including its original spirit. In the end, a fairy tale ending forces the would-be dodgers to fully embrace all of the crap. Don't know if this is what the author intended, but it left me feeling the best solution would be to give skipping Christmas a try --- only continuing the "giving" parts, not necessarily for "the day". Bah, humbug! It really shouldn't have to be "all or nothing".
This was a fun read-nothing too deep, but fun and entertaining. Not the usual Grisham book-I'm not sure I would want to read the book, but I enjoyed sitting on the deck and listening to this.
This was the first book I downloaded from Audible, and I must say, the one I certainly got my money's worth out of. We have listened to it at least 5 times, and I lent it to 6 of the people I work with. Everyone loved the story, and the first thing all said was "is there a movie???" I hope Tim Allen can even begin to do justice to the antics of Luther Crank. It's a funny, touching heartwarming story that will keep you laughing and bring you back again and again.
The first half of this story is a little slow but around the half way mark it takes a turn for the better. I can?t remember a novel that caused me to laugh out loud for minutes at a time. When it was over I found myself wishing their was more.
Awesome little listen. Our whole familia got into this story... identifying with all of the different characters. "Is this a true story" several hijos asked while listening. It could really happen and probably has. Funny and heartwarming. Our family recommends this to anyone taking the long trip to the Abuelitos casa for the holidays.
This is a great listen! Skipping Christmas had my wife and I laughing, thinking of our own Christmas' past and waiting to find out the outcome of this wonderful holiday tale!
Spend some time in this great book!
I have listened to this book at least 6 times--even on a hot July day. Yes, WHAT happens is sometimes predictable, but it doesn't matter because HOW things happen isn't. Listen to this any time you need a good laugh. It makes you want to put a huge plastic Frosty on your roof.
This book is outstanding! I don't know of adult who could not identify with this book. The last few pages bring the point home: That of "friendship" - loyalty - dedication to family and neighbors. This book ranks with "It's a Wonderful Life!"
Give credit where credit is do. It cannot be easy to fit every cliche of every Hollywood Christmas story into one book. I listened closely and if there was a point to this (other then selling) I did not get it. And now it has spawned yet another Hollywood Christmas story, is there no end to this?
I have watched the movie many times and was anxious to read the book because movies hardly ever follow the book completely. Therefore, the books are always better than the movies. I was unexpectedly surprises how the movie follows the book almost exactly. There are a few minor details that were changed, but overall the movie is almost the same as the book. If you love the movie, then you will love the book. And the performance by Dennis Boutsikaris is excellent. Really fun Christmas story!!