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.
The ending was the best. The hero's wife too angry in story.
Distinct, believable, good to listen.
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!
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!
In an ego filled world, the story was right on target.
How money destroys, while relationships build.
Imagine if businesses would again start to think of their employees as humans.
Such a upbeat book, gives you a good feeling when you are finished listening.
Luke Crisp, he seemed like a all around nice guy
The story was a pretty typical
Even the dramatic moments failed to hit their mark.
Slow start and almost lost me because I felt the initial happenings were unrealistic. But I have a long commute and had no other books downloaded so I continued to listen. It quickly shifted and held me. The subtle modernization of the parable of the prodigal son slowly emerged. Some of the happenings were harsh, but made you think. I'd recommend it to a friend.
Say something about yourself!
The reviews for this book were so misleading--please--this book is full of such unbelievable exaggeration. If you can't get to church and like pedantic sophistry--by all means--buy this book. It was a waste of credit for me. If I want to read theology, I will look for Henri Nouwen.
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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