Unrealistic and stretching belief in many parts to make the plot work. Below standard for an accomplished writer. The movie based on this book, "Christmas w/ the Kranks", did poorly too.
This was the worst book ever; it was so dull and boring I can't believe I wasted 3 discs to burn it. I suffered through the first boring half, then for one moment it became interesting- but it turned out to just be the same boringness in reverse. I had to quit listening before the end of the second disc. I couldn't stand it a second longer and I wish I hadn't wasted so much time hoping it would get interesting. The story is moronic, the characters are one-dimensional and unlikeable, and I can't believe this book is being made into a movie. For the first time in my life, I am hoping Hollywood strays completely from the storyline or it will be the dullest movie ever made.
A very good narration. Plenty of humor and a great story about the bonds between friends and neighbors. I've listened to it twice.
Athough this is definitely different from what Grisham is known for, it was a fun, lighthearted book. I enjoyed it. I laughed out loud a few times and as a parent of children leaving the nest I really could associate with what happened in the end.
This novel was a very pleasant surprise. Grisham breaks out of all his molds and creates a lovable set of characters in a zany comedy. It was fun to listen to around holiday time, and may become a family tradition in my house.
Yes, the storyline is not a deep as the usual Grisham thriller, and yes, the outcome was somewhat predictable, but listening to this one over the Christmas holidays was light, funny and I, personally, could identify with some of the various situations the characters got themselves into.
If you are looking for the typical John Grisham mystery, you will be disappointed. If you are looking for a holiday classic, that is light and funny, this one is for you.
I listened to this book while working on my computer at work. My co-workers kept asking what on earth was I laughing about! Before you knew it, they all went out and bought the book, and enjoyed it enough to buy more for gifts. I'll probably listen to it every Christmas now. Really gets you into the Christmas spirit.
I listen to this every year to remind me that there is more to Christmas than just the hustle & bustle of shopping and decorating. We all have our days as Luther!
I totally enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I was able to fully get into the story. A nice addition to Grisham's lineup. I certainly hope he continues to write this type of story along with his others.
This is a wonderful, funny, and uplifting story - but what makes it all the better is the narrator! The humorous way he tells the story allowed me to feel the frustration of this husband and wife as they simply try to take a year off from the hustle of Christmas and are met with disbelief from their friends and neighbors.