I guess I've come late to the party, as I have only this past Christmas finally "read" this sweet little book. John Grisham tells this story so wonderfully that many times I literally laughed out loud (which can be a bit awkward in the crush of public transportation on my daily commute), and the ending was so emotionally satisfying I had to wipe away a few (happy) tears.
Kudos also to the Reader, as he brings as much to the enjoyment of the story as the Author.
I'm adding "Skipping Christmas" to my Holiday rituals next year, along with "A Christmas Carol" and "It's a Wonderful Life".
I've been listening to Audible books for years, but this is the first one that, after finishing it, I immediately bought a hard copy. In fact, I bought TWO!! One for me to (re)read and mark up with highlights and notes, and one to pass around to my family and friends! This story is an amazing parable, richly layered with insights for finding and living a richer, more grounded, more meaningful life. Never "preachy", this is an allegorical story written in lyrical language that stands beautifully on its own. Add the richness that Jeremy Irons's delivery brings to this Audible edition, and it becomes a transcendent experience.
This is my first Phillip Margolin novel, and I'm firmly hooked! The story is great, with several well-executed twists. The story also explores the social and moral ambiguities inherent in our criminal justice system, as Amanda Jaffe works through the internal conflicts she faces in her new position as a criminal defense attorney in her father's law firm.
It is unfortunate that such a great story is read to us so poorly. I agree with the previous reviews that the reader's attempt at male characterizations is annoying, and therefore distracting. She also fluctuates the volume of her voice so much that there are times she seems to be whispering (for no apparent reason), and I have to go back and replay that bit with the volume turned up, only to have to turn it right back down again to continue.
Please don't let the reader's flaws keep you from listening to this really great book; I didn't. But I will think twice before I buy another book that she reads.
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