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.
This book has it all - great dog story and great characters with a storyline that is good for all ages - young and old.
When the boy is given the job at the shelter.
Several times I cried but not a sad book.
Such a nice Christmas story that could have many people opening their hearts to our animal friends in need.
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.
I would recommend this audiobook it was a very good listen. It was a refreshing and something the entire family could enjoy.
The dog was my favorite character.
He brought the whole thing together. Very good narrator.
Each and every character played a vital role which centered around the dog named Christmas.
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.
A very sweet story, which was a joy to listen to
I loved the father, he was wise and commical.
I loved the fact that I couldn't stop listening - whether it was at WalMart buying groceries or just resting on the couch.
My favorite character is the son though I can't remember his name.
I will be listening to this one again. Wonderful story about family and healing. Loved the characters and the first person telling of the story. The narrator was perfect for this one. Wonderfully surprised and ended with a heartfelt feel good spirit.
Todd was as loving and compassionate as we wish the whole world could be.
Mark Bramhall's narration was spot on. He understood the story at the heart level.
Todd's Mom and Dad were faced with some difficult challenges, yet overcame them and allowed their love for one another to heal the wounds. My wife and I can understand their love as expressed through their son and the dog named Christmas.
As dog owners, we get it.
This is my granddaughter's picture! She is my love.
Looking for a few good Christmas stories and I came across this one. It will not be a future classic, but it is a nice message with a positive ending. There is hope for the future if parents will follow this parent's lesson for his son. Very nice.
I'm a dedicated reader/listener. My tastes are very eclectic, and there's not much I don't like except horror and dull history.
Yes, absolutely. It is important to hear the nuances of voice when dealing with dogs.
Maggie, of course, but Scott was very well developed. I have a rescued, emotionally damaged dog who has strange reactions and actions, so I really appreciated Maggie's viewpoint.
Excellent narration and voice distinction.
This book was an unexpected pleasure, a gift to myself during the Christmas season.
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