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A Dog Named Christmas | [Greg Kincaid]

A Dog Named Christmas

Todd, the youngest of four children, has a developmental disability that keeps him at home on the farm with his mother and father. One special holiday season, Todd hears an ad on the radio from a shelter looking for temporary homes for their dogs during the holiday week. When Todd's parents at last give in to his pleas for this charitable cause, the family is faced with an entire shelter full of dogs needing homes.
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Publisher's Summary

Todd, the youngest of four children, has a developmental disability that keeps him at home on the farm with his mother and father. One special holiday season, Todd hears an ad on the radio from a shelter looking for temporary homes for their dogs during the holiday week. When Todd's parents at last give in to his pleas for this charitable cause, the family is faced with an entire shelter full of dogs needing homes.

Using his special charms and gifts of persuasion, Todd encourages his whole community to help in the "adopt a dog for Christmas program" and, more importantly, teaches his family the true meaning of goodwill.

©2008 Greg Kincaid; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Deanna Hemet, CA 12-09-10
    Deanna Hemet, CA 12-09-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Wonderful book, I absolutely loved it!"

    This was such a heart warming story. It started out a tiny bit slow, but after a short time I was loving every minute of the book. This book made me feel such a wide range of emotions. At times I was chuckling and smiling and sometimes had tears in my eyes. It had such a wonderful ending. I would highly recommend this book to family and friends.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Grove City, OH, United States 01-23-14
    Mary Grove City, OH, United States 01-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it so much, I listened twice"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Crawford 01-19-14
    C. Crawford 01-19-14

    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!

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    "Heartwarming - amazing performance!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Dog Named Christmas the most enjoyable?

    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!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda 01-14-14
    Amanda 01-14-14

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Loved it!"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 12-13-14
    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 12-13-14 Member Since 2007

    I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.

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    "Warm and cozy, heart-growing adventure"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The whole family. George, MaryAnn and Todd were great. They just worked together like a close knit family.


    Which character – as performed by Mark Bramhall – was your favorite?

    I didn't have a single character that was a greater favorite. I can't think of a better narrator either. The tones, the voice alterations and just the sentiment behind the words worked with Mark's performance. What a joy!


    Who was the most memorable character of A Dog Named Christmas and why?

    Christmas. A dog person will just understand. The credit in this book says something like 'For my wife, she has taught me so much - not the least of which is the value of a good dog'

    Families who have dogs understand the values that dogs teach us - any day that ends with a bit of ball throwing/fetching is a good day, sofas are for snuggling, the outfit/haircut/makeup don't have to be perfect to be the perfect companion for a dog.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a short but exceptional story. It is perfect for this time of year and it is a perfect story for families. I wanted to listen all the way through but the day caught up with me and instead we went to bed with just over an hour left. While making breakfast we finished the story. We giggled about the story events as we let the dogs in then let the dogs out. By story end our dogs were curled up on the sofa ready for a mid morning nap.

    A few of you may want a box of tissues but overall this is not a tear-jerker story, this is a feel good story with a good ending.

    Dare I suggest that you give this book as a gift? It is awesome!

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    Garden Womble Nova Scotia, Canada 12-06-14
    Garden Womble Nova Scotia, Canada 12-06-14 Member Since 2012

    A frequent listener - mostly to mystery, police procedurals and science fantasy, with a few other bits and pieces thrown in. I live on a farm and run my own technical writing business, and listen to audiobooks while knitting and spinning yarn in my spare time.

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    "A lovely seasonal story"
    If you could sum up A Dog Named Christmas in three words, what would they be?

    Heartwarming Seasonal Listening


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the animal theme to the story, because I'm a big animal lover. That said, there were many themes that appealed to me - family, love, understanding, sharing, compassion, and more.


    Which character – as performed by Mark Bramhall – was your favorite?

    Todd - he did a really good job of interpreting the personality of a challenged young man.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I smiled a lot - it just made me feel all "warm and fuzzy" inside.


    Any additional comments?

    Short but sweet - a really enjoyable, light story for the holidays. These kinds of stories get me through the winter blahs!

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    Caroline R Forster 07-24-14
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    "Wonderful Story with Great Characters"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book has it all - great dog story and great characters with a storyline that is good for all ages - young and old.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Dog Named Christmas?

    When the boy is given the job at the shelter.


    Have you listened to any of Mark Bramhall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Several times I cried but not a sad book.


    Any additional comments?

    Such a nice Christmas story that could have many people opening their hearts to our animal friends in need.

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    Jennifer 04-02-14
    Jennifer 04-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


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    Steven 02-10-14
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook it was a very good listen. It was a refreshing and something the entire family could enjoy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The dog was my favorite character.


    What does Mark Bramhall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brought the whole thing together. Very good narrator.


    Who was the most memorable character of A Dog Named Christmas and why?

    Each and every character played a vital role which centered around the dog named Christmas.


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    Nichole 01-19-14
    Nichole 01-19-14 Member Since 2011

    A passionate listener of Sci-Fi/Fantasy novels.

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    "How a narrator's choices can ruin a story"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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