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.
I really enjoyed this. A very simple story. It will get you in the Christmas mood if nothing else will. I am sending this as and early christmas gift to my family who are all dogs nuts and christmas crazy...I will be listening again...too.
Absolutely. I've recommended it to everyone I know. What a wonderful uplifting story. I was afraid from the description that it would be heart wrenching, but instead it was heart-mending. A great Christmas story (I read it during the Christmas Season) this story is timeless, and I would recommend it any time.
That the characters were real, identifiable people who inspire the listener's loyalty. I liked everyone in the story, but especially the son who stole my heart completely. I learned from them and that doesn't happen in books often enough.
When Christmas came home.
Listen to it and thank me later.
I loved this book so much I went out and bought copies of it for my family! The story was heartwarming, funny and sad in places; well worth the three and half hours of listening time required.
This book was funny most of all. A little predictable at times but that is what made it so good. It is a story filled with warmth and made me think about naming one of my future pets Christmas just because of this story. I liked that is was not sappy but hit all the feel good things one likes in a short listen. I will listen to this again.
I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.
This is just a perfect, classic, wonderful, wonderful Christmas story. Its one of those that help us to keep hope and faith alive. I'm also a sucker for animal stories.
I have to admit to having a weakness for Christmas stories that aren’t too sappy or preachy I also have a weakness for dog stories so this book filled the bill to perfection. I am also the mother of a mentally disabled son so Todd really touched my heart. This is a short and delightful book, it’s about so much more than the dog named Christmas it’s about healing and community and how one person’s good deed can change people’s thinking.
I really enjoyed George’s transformation throughout the book and how he and his wife Mary Ann as parents of a child with a disability have a hard time giving up the reigns as that child gets older in chronological age but not always in mental age which makes it even harder to let your child grow up. I see there is a second book and have downloaded it before I was halfway done with this one because I didn’t want this story to end. There is one part *No Spoilers* that I thought was going down a clichéd path and had me yelling at my speakers but luckily it did not go down that road!
Mark Bramhall narration was perfect, he is fast becoming a go-to narrator his voice is subtle yet the way he reads a book it feels like sitting across the kitchen table in rapt attention listening to a master storyteller. I will pick audio over paper everytime if I see he is narrating!
If you are a fan of Christmas reads, dog books or Mark Bramhall I highly recommend this delightful story!
SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!
Sigh. This had a contrived plot with cut-out characters and an obvious ending. But it all added up to something that moved me, and yes, I'm almost embarrassed to say, next Christmas I'll be listening to it again. It kind of creeps up on you. I can only throw my hands up in the air and grin helplessly. I am glad, however, that I bought it as a Daily Deal. I wouldn't recommend using a credit it for it or for any of Kincaid's other heart warmers as they're so dastardly contrived.
They're all characters you've read before, but they work well together, and you wind up feeling something when you sure as hell didn't mean to. This is a difficult book for me to review, as, really: we've all read this story before.
Mark Bramhall gives a decent performance, but he lacked a certain energy that the story certainly could've used. The main character is an aging, tired and resigned man, with ghosts in his past, and this definitely comes across. But it kind of left me feeling a little old, a little tired, a little resigned...
And here's the odd part: I felt a tear or two sting my eyes as I got to the end. Why? All I can figure out is that Kincaid wrote a predictable end, but there's a small twist to it. Something I didn't expect and that made me feel as though the main character suddenly needed redemption and found it.
I know! I know! This review is all over the place, but so's the book. It's a nice little story, worth the time listening to, but it's not worth the entire credit. Listen to it, wipe a tear or two away, but wait until it's a Daily Deal
A sensational story with a top quality narator - I'd recommend this to everyone with a heart that needs a touching story.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
A farmer's sad experiences with dogs that goes all the way back to his childhood and follows him to the war in Vietnam, and has haunted him for more than 40 years . . . well, it is evidence that a child still lives inside us all. This story, so different than all the other Christmas stories that I've listened to and loved, is all about the relationship between a man and his "slow" son. Maybe his boy is mentally retarded or autistic, it really doesn't matter. He is his son, and he wants him to learn to live in a "grown up" world. As he goes about trying to teach him responsibility and how to keep his word, he is surprised to discover that we are never too old to learn or to heal.
2 school aged children, married, Catholic, cub scouts, girl scouts
Love, love, love this story. It's so heartwarming. I fell in love with Christmas immediately and just had to read the next story about him right away. I highly recommend this book if you have a soft spot for dogs (don't tell my cat).
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