It’s Christmas Eve in Mt. Jefferson, but unlike snow, peace is not in the forecast. In this story that spans over fifty years, family values collide with poor decisions, posing a daunting challenge to what should be the happiest time of the year.
©2011 Don Reid (P)2011 Oasis
This is clearly a case of most author's ought not attempt reading their own books syndrome for me. The narration here is so loud, forceful and rapid fire that I felt like a machine gun was rattling away. No matter how much I lowered the volume it still felt too much. What's more the content got lost in this narration. There was no inflection, modulation, tone or pacing in this christmas story. Instead it was full steam ahead--so much so that almost everyone sounded angry?? I am fine with narrators that just read the book--not acting out characters--but this was over the top. The audio production team should have picked this up and fixed it. Do listen to the sample first.
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.
Set in a little town in Virginia in the fifties, O Little Town is a wonderful Christmas story of faith, family and life . . . the real kind that comes at us, where teenage girls get pregnant, people get on your nerves, yes, even back in the fifties . . . written and read by Don Reid of the Statler Brothers, it took me a bit to get used to the rhythm of his voice and the telling of the story, which is different than other audio books, more like a fireside tale . . . I loved the honesty and spirit of the people depicted in the town of Mt. Jefferson, the preacher and his family, the doctor's family, police officer, Bobby Briggs's whose daughter is pregnant . . . and one of the best parts is that these precious folks DEALT with it . . . loved one another through all the illnesses, crises, quirks, insecurities, and doubts that came their way . . . with a deep inner strength that seems to have evaporated these days . . . with little question that they would come together as families and community . . . and without undue drama . . . gathering at church . . . and forgiving one another and themselves . . . great listen . . .
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