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Lost December | [Richard Paul Evans]

Lost December

When Luke graduates from Wharton with his MBA, his father, CEO and co-founder of Fortune 500 Crisp’s Copy Centers, is ready to share some good news: he wants to turn the family business over to his son. But Luke has other plans. Taking control of his trust funds, Luke leaves home to pursue a life of wanton pleasure seeking. But when his funds run out, so do his friends. Humbled and alone, Luke takes a job at one of his father's copy centers.
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Publisher's Summary

A heartwarming tale for the Christmas season, Lost December is a modern-day, Christmas-themed retelling of the story of the prodigal son.

When Luke graduates from Wharton with his MBA, his father, CEO and co-founder of Fortune 500 Crisp’s Copy Centers, is ready to share some good news: he wants to turn the family business over to his son. But Luke has other plans. Taking control of his trust funds, Luke leaves home to pursue a life of wanton pleasure seeking.

But when his funds run out, so do his friends. Humbled and alone, Luke takes a job at one of his father's copy centers. There he falls in love with a single mother and begins to understand the greatest source of personal joy.

©2011 Richard Paul Evans (P)2011 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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    Melissa Lawrenceville, GA, United States 02-19-12
    Melissa Lawrenceville, GA, United States 02-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "enjoyable story, unpleasant listen"

    This is a typical Richard Paul Evans read with a message and a happy ending. I must admit I was actually "surprised" by a few of the events in the story which was great. While I enjoyed the story, I really had a hard time with the narrator. I cringed waiting for him to inhale through his nose and lick his lips. There are several parts where I had to stop listening for a while because I was so distracted by the narrator. I prefer when Richard Paul Evans narrates his own books as he does in The Walk.

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    sam's owner 02-13-12
    sam's owner 02-13-12 Member Since 2009
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    "New author for me"

    This was the first book by this author I have listened to. It was very good.

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    Candace ISLESBORO, ME, United States 02-03-12
    Candace ISLESBORO, ME, United States 02-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved this story"
    Where does Lost December rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In my top favorites


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

    He makes the characters come alive


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book from start to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LaVonne BRENTWOOD, TN, United States 01-21-12
    LaVonne BRENTWOOD, TN, United States 01-21-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Truly enjoyed this story!"
    What made the experience of listening to Lost December the most enjoyable?

    Held my attention throughout the story. Easy listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A feel good story, refreshing in these times.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Luke confronting his father again.


    If you could take any character from Lost December out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Luke, a person that learned leasons with morality.


    Any additional comments?

    It was pleasant listening to the narrators voice.

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    Inge Schultz 01-18-12 Member Since 2008
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    "The best written dairy"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lost December to be better than the print version?

    I had several copies of the print version but I've gave them as gifts at Christma, so I never had a chance to read the book version. This audio version was excellent.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Good detail of the main character's life that was read as a dairy.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, very well voiced and narrated.


    If you could take any character from Lost December out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The main character Mr. Crisp, but I would also like to know more about his father and his views on life.


    Any additional comments?

    Good lessons to learn about life and how one views it, and the importance of building a relationship between employer and employee. One should learn how to give back within the community and also learn to have gratitude.

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    Cindy Waterport, NY, United States 01-17-12
    Cindy Waterport, NY, United States 01-17-12 Member Since 2004

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    "Hard to put down when you start reading it"
    What did you love best about Lost December?

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. I had a hard time putting it up.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the ending


    Which character – as performed by John Dossett – was your favorite?

    They were all spectacular.


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    Sybel MINNETONKA, MN, United States 01-16-12
    Sybel MINNETONKA, MN, United States 01-16-12
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    "A feel good story!"
    What did you like best about Lost December? What did you like least?

    The ending was the best. The hero's wife too angry in story.


    If you’ve listened to books by Richard Paul Evans before, how does this one compare?

    Not applicable.


    What three words best describe John Dossett’s voice?

    Distinct, believable, good to listen.


    Could you see Lost December being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    perhaps...


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    Melanie Las vegas, NV, United States 01-09-12
    Melanie Las vegas, NV, United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Wrapped up with a bow"

    Richard Paul Evans writes a very straightforward and sensitive retelling of The Prodigal Son. It's a book which does exactly what you listen for it to do -- pulls at the heartstrings, makes you take stock, and compliments the holiday season quite nicely. It's not rocket science, it may be a little bit formulaic -- but Mr. Evans writing style is straight ahead and he does have a nice ear for contemporary dialogue.

    John Dossett is what made this book better than average. I've listened to him read Mr. Evans holiday offerings a couple of time now, and I look forward to his narration -- perhaps even more than I look forward to the story. He infuses such warmth into the story and characters with his voice. Bravo!

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    Martha Thompson DARIEN, GA, US 01-04-12
    Martha Thompson DARIEN, GA, US 01-04-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Uplifting story during times of corporate greed"

    Evans has a simple style that touches the heart. I do not consider this to be "great literature" but it imparts hope and shows the positive side of human nature. Evans incorporates the importance of faith without being sanctimonious. Besides these things, I love a happy ending!

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    Jim Lytle creek, CA, United States 01-02-12
    Jim Lytle creek, CA, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A storyline that is right for our times."
    What made the experience of listening to Lost December the most enjoyable?

    In an ego filled world, the story was right on target.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How money destroys, while relationships build.


    Any additional comments?

    Imagine if businesses would again start to think of their employees as humans.

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