If you like the warmth of the holiday season, the smells, the deep sense of contentment, the feeling of peace on earth and goodwill toward men, a heartwarming serious read, then listen to another book. You'll find none of those things here. No miracles, no baby jesus, no sacrificing martyrs.
What you will find is "off the wall" comedy, characters that are so quirky they are hysterical, a tale that seems written straight from the hip. A psychotic former movie star who hears voices, a sex-crazed man with a pet fruit bat, a cop who grows and smokes marijuana, a wrinkled up old bartender that wants to sleep with everyone, a 7 year old who speaks only in terms usually used to descibe wine, an inept angel - where does this writer come up with this stuff? There's sex, profanity and murder here. And those are the dull parts.
I love all things holiday oriented and probably wouldn't have picked this title if it weren't for the holiday theme. I usually don't read or listen to books of this type. This story has taken me by surprise. I have even laughed out loud. I'd never heard of this author and Audible only seems to have this one title written by him. I did find plenty of his other material on book sites.
This work is National Lampoons Christmas, a corny Columbo movie, Scary Movie and Night of the Living Dead all rolled in to one.
Don't listen to this one around the kids and if you listen on the PC at work, definately get headphones. People will think you're cracked if they hear only bits and pieces of this.
Hilarious at times, imaginative always. Four stars because it was funny and I liked it; not five because it isn't a piece of world class literature.
The main character of Mattie kept me enthralled.
Fair and Tender Ladies for believable, strong female characters in a time period book.
I loved them all.
It made me so sad for Mattie and her circumstances at times. At others I was so happy for her and especially when Royal gave her butterflies.
Can't wait to find other works by this author.
This book is read by the author, which is definately a plus when it comes to this book! I could happily listen to his easy southern drawl for hours on end. Mr. Bragg uses great variety in his words and his phrases are never cliche, or overused. I have listened to this book 3 times in the past year. On a long car trip with extended family I made them listen, when it was over, they all thanked me. I can't wait to get a hold of his book about his mother. The first time I heard this story I was impressed, the second time was better, the third actually had me crying (hard to do). I pick up something new every time. This is definately not a chick lit story. A supurb tale about family, the depression era, and love. Gives me shivers every time. Thank you, Mr. Bragg, for sharing your family with us.
I give two stars because I was curious enough about the letters to stick with the story til the end. Otherwise I'd give 1. This story was so transparent, you could see what was coming all the way through. I wished he would have written the story about Sam and just left Jennifers out. Although I found the telling of Sams story to not be all that I wanted it to be. I found Brendans illness to be thrown in just to give some type of conflict to Jennifer's story, otherwise she would have none. Her past is sad, but that was all her story line really had going for it. I prefer stories with more meat on them! I expected this tale to be the type I prefer. I was sadly disappointed.
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