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"A lighthearted, witty story about family life." (Woman's Weekly)
"A curl-up-and-read-in-front-of-the-fire tale that has it all - jealousy, heartache and humour." (The Sun)
Good, lighthearted book while still looking at life and relationship struggles. I will be keeping this one to listen to again next year.
The Xmas Factor is a truly brilliant story 10 out of 10, I loved it from the very start.
It is so appealing, I totally love the Christmas story with a different spin on it - wonderful story telling.
I love Kim Hicks performance, I don't have other stories read by her yet but she is going to be one of my favourite narrators to be sure.
Why it would have to be Nick, even though I don't know much about how to play music, he sounds just so gentle, caring and funny.
I have listened to this story 4 times so far and it's still only November!!! It's well worth another listen, I live in Australia and it brings "home" to me as I am British. Love it!!!!
mother, wife, artist
a fun girlie read for christmas, really helped me get through the last days of work before the holidays, not great literature, but a good light listen...
Filled with a 'wicked' stepmother, a 'wicked' stepdaughter and the struggles of a failing magazine editor, this rollicking story takes on a wonderfully entertaining Christmas count down.
Couldn't make it through the first few minutes of this. Really do wish Audible would clarify in the summaries which books are written in British English or American English.
"Snatching Victory form the Jaws of Defeat!"
A thoroughly engrossing account of the hassle of preparing for Christmas which interweaves the story of two women, Beth and Carol, as they both seek to make Christmas wonderful for those they love. A story full of warmth; mixing poignancy and happiness together into a marvellous climax.
As a Christmas lover I couldn't resist getting this book when I saw it, and it didn't let me down. The story of how different women's lives entwine, and detailing their struggles to achieve "the perfect Christmas".
"Christmas at last"
Two women have to deal with Christmas and all the complications that can bring while juggling work and family
Beth, a second wife, has to prove to the village and her husband and difficult step daughter that she is up to the role filled by his perfect late wife
Carol, a magazine editor, fights for the survival of her publication while trying to care for her son and give him the perfect Christmas.
"Witty and touching all the way through"
This story relates of some ordinary people experiencing familiar tricky situations. The atmosphere is really touching. A lot of wit in the writting and the narator reads it really well.
"i know its early"
this was the next book on my list and I really enjoyed it.
starting with a countdown from September to Christmas day, there were tips on how to get through the planning to the perfect Christmas.
carol trying to bring new life to a failing womens monthly magazine and beth trying to live up to Jacob's previous wife are my favourite characters.as well as the little boy tim.
there were little bits of humour sprinkled through the book
all the characters were well written and kim hicks performance added to the enjoyment.
I haven't listened to many stories set at Christmas, apart from a Christmas carol of course, but this comes after a proper family Christmas by june gorden-cumming.
After around 30 minutes of 'listening' I realised I had completely switched off as I totally failed to engage with either the characters, nor the narrator. I gamely went back twice more, but became utterly lost in the froth of utterly 2-dimensional people whose superficial lives held no attraction whatsoever. The narrator had a very limited range of poor accents and, other than one being so comically patronising, completely to differentiate between the key players. A free download which was a waste of my time.
"Light hearted and easy listening"
I always find the narrator can make or break a book no matter how good the story is and kim Hicks does a really good job with this one. Its light hearted but enough of a story to make you want to keep listening but not to heavy. I fully recommend it .
"A warm story for Christmas"
A little obvious in places but on the whole a good tale and a nice reading.
"A light hearted tale"
This was an easy listen (apart from the narrator's awful Liverpudlian accent!). The story is very light with mainly likeable characters but a number of unlikely co-incidences to draw the story together. Not going to win any awards, but if you want something that's easy on the ear and of a chick lit styling this will appeal.
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