Victorian England. Christmas Eve. Young Jack, a blind boy of 10 years, sits alone by the hearth, making a Christmas wish: Jack would like a dog to keep him company. Suddenly Jack hears a frantic scrambling in the chimney and something plops into the room. Jack is overjoyed! Santa has brought him a dog!
Except it's actually a chicken, but don't tell Jack. He's never seen a dog or a chicken, because he's never seen anything. Jack names his pet King and over the next several days the two of them have some wonderful adventures.
This is a story to warm even the stoniest of hearts. Great for all ages, kids love it and adults find it very funny. Read it aloud to someone you love.
©2011 Allen Appel (P)2012 Allen Appel
SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!
After reading a whole heckuva lot about nuclear annihilation it was time to settle down into something a tad lighter and more festive. And I couldn't have been more delighted with my choice. "The Christmas Chicken" is a very short listen which is brilliantly and audaciously narrated by Brad Wills (who else could infuse a chicken's voice with shock or dismay?) and follows a poor family as they all come together for a single Christmas. There is poverty! There is begging! Alcoholism! Bad guys! Cockfights! A small blind boy! Street urchins with hearts of gold! It's a listening classic that left me laughing and is actually safe and enjoyable fun for the whole family. It's worth the small listening time, and it's certainly worthy of the tiny pittance o' cash you'll lay out. What a delightful, delightful surprise!
It's still not the 5-star Jacob T. Marley, but what is?
I used to whistle while I worked. Now I read a book!
Yes! I think I liked it more than my son did.
It was sort of like Dickens. But with a crazy twist.
The Narrator was so Dramatic and Funny. He really brought the story to life. Even the chicken. This was one of the few books that was greatly inhanced by the reader.
Made us laugh out loud.
This one's a keeper!!
Yes, It was a great story and Brad did a wonderful job.
How Jack was trying to make his family happy and the family was trying to make Jack happy!
He uses such emotion in his telling of this story, it pulled me right in as if I were right there. He is the best in the business. He has each person a voice and I can keep apart who is speaking. Well done Brad!!!
I did listen to this in one setting. I put it on my iPhone and go right on doing what I need to do with the phone in my pocket.
Wonderful story and wonderful told. I loved it!
I always read some Christmas story on Christmas Eve and I have a new one that we can listen to ! I cannot wait to hear this !
I know Brad has done great work in the past so I know I won't be disappointed !:)
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.
This short audio book was a fun and entertaining Christmas listen with twists and turns. I'm a fan of chickens, so it was right up my alley. :)
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