We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
 >   > 
The Christmas Doll | [Elvira Woodruff]

The Christmas Doll

Long ago in London Town, at a time when the muffin man's cries began the day and the lamplighter ushered in the night, two young orphans lived together in the bleak, cold shelter of a public workhouse.
Regular Price:$13.96
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

Long ago in London Town, at a time when the muffin man's cries began the day and the lamplighter ushered in the night, two young orphans lived together in the bleak, cold shelter of a public workhouse.

Lucy Wolcott and her little sister Glory have no one in the world but each other. Every day, they labor from dawn to dusk stitching blankets and sacks. There is scant little to eat and the nights are cold and damp. The only ray of light in their lives comes from the stories that Lucy invents, stories about a family she barely remembers, and a lot doll named Morning Glory who, Lucy promises, is destined to return to them someday.

When a deadly fever sweeps through the workhouse, the girls flee for their lives to the mean streets of London. There, they desperately try to figure out how to survive.

While searching through the muck by the river, Lucy finds an old, discarded doll, which Glory is certain is the long-lost Morning Glory. But Morning Glory is no ordinary doll. And how she leads the girls to the most surprising turns of fortune makes for a heartwarming story that brims with love, hope, and the truest spirit of Christmas.

©2000 Elvira Woodruff; (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"A magical story, expertly incorporating a dash of Dickens with extensive historical research in the early Victorian era." (Kirkus Reviews)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.5 (42 )
5 star
 (27)
4 star
 (10)
3 star
 (5)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Overall
4.0 (9 )
5 star
 (4)
4 star
 (1)
3 star
 (4)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.3 (9 )
5 star
 (5)
4 star
 (2)
3 star
 (2)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    W Marina, CA, United States 03-06-05
    W Marina, CA, United States 03-06-05
    HELPFUL VOTES
    289
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    431
    72
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    0
    Overall
    "Heartwarming Story"

    I purchased the christmas doll, not sure what to expect. At first I found the narrator's voice distracting, but as I became more involved in the story her voice was less intrusive.

    This story reminds me a bit of "The Little Princess." The characters are endearing, and despite a somewhat bleak and heart-jerking storyline, there is thankfully, a happy ending. Good fun for everyone young and old. But don't forget your kleenex. You'll need it.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 01-17-11
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 01-17-11 Member Since 2003
    HELPFUL VOTES
    598
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    504
    286
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    55
    1
    Overall
    "Heartwarming But Horrific"

    This wonderful tale of these two little girls is a must read. It is horrific to think that these kinds of events could/did really happen. But in the true sense of Dickens, we should not let it happen anymore. I love dolls and this helps explain why. Dolls heal us all.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kathy Rozet, WY, USA 01-11-10
    Kathy Rozet, WY, USA 01-11-10 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "A Classic"

    This is one of my all time favorites! From the thick accent to the quaintness of each scene, from a child's eyes as she tries to remain strong, brave, and protective of her younger sister against all odds. Good insight into an orphans struggles. I re-listen to this one even when it is not Christmas. A bittersweet tale!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Deanna Hemet, CA 12-18-10
    Deanna Hemet, CA 12-18-10 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    40
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    389
    29
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    19
    Overall
    "Beautiful story, great narration"

    I really loved this beautiful story that tells of the love and sacrifice of two little girls in Victorian England. I enjoyed the narrator very much. I will definitely be listening to this one over and over.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Rebecca 11-23-10
    Rebecca 11-23-10
    HELPFUL VOTES
    48
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    182
    37
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    "Not just for kids"

    This is a sentimental, heartwarming story read with a lovely British accent that will get you in the Christmas spirit. The historical detail of what it was like to be poor in Victorian England is vivid and educational as well. I would recommend this to any female age 8 and up! Not that the guys aren't welcome to read it too, but I think girls and women will particularly like the theme of sisterly devotion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Carey Clark China 12-08-14
    Carey Clark China 12-08-14 Member Since 2007
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A Christmas Tradition"
    Any additional comments?

    This story has become a Christmas tradition in our home. We have two girls and a boy. At first, my son objected to a story about a doll, but now he is the first to ask to listen to it every year. Beautiful story with a heartwarming ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-6 of 6 results
Sort by:
  • k
    yeovil, United Kingdom
    12/16/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Lovely Story, Perfect for Christmas"

    A delightful story set in Victorian times. Easy to listen to and not too long. The only thing wrong was the narrators odd accent, however I did get used to her voice and enjoyed the story overall. I would recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dasmon
    Margate, Kent
    11/23/06
    Overall
    "A real christmas story"

    We weren't sure about this when reading the inscription, and 20 minutes into the story we thought oh no, not a heart breaker!?, but from then it just gets better and better. If you like christmas you will love this story.. a real heart warmer and everything that christmas should be about. I would recommend this to people who enjoy christmas. We cannot get it back from our Niece who loves it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-2 of 2 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.