A classic tale for modern times, Skipping Christmas offers a hilarious look at the charm and frenzy that have become part of our holiday tradition.
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"Clever...fun to read." (Publishers Weekly)
I LOVE this story! If you are looking for something around the holidays to make you laugh in the midst of all the insane bustle, this book will point you in the right direction! Within his comical story line, you will find profound truth about what the holidays have become in America. As simple as it might sound, I think this is my favorite Grisham novel. Throughout the whole thing, I kept saying, "He is a genius!" Listening to it as I frantically cleaned my house, baked, and signed Christmas cards made me smile at my own pace and caused me to slow down and reflect as to what I feel is really important around the holidays. Even if you've read it, or simply seen the movie, download this and listen to it - it will definitely make your holidays bright!
This was a fun read-nothing too deep, but fun and entertaining. Not the usual Grisham book-I'm not sure I would want to read the book, but I enjoyed sitting on the deck and listening to this.
Retired Russian Linguist in USN. Actor. Listen to at least 7 Audiobooks each month. Charter Audible member. Non-Fiction and History are my favorite categories. I should review more than I do!
I found this title a thoroughly enjoyable listen. A whimsical look at Christmas and our human foibles. You won't find anything particularly astounding, eye-opening or dramatic in "Skipping Christmas" but you will find a gently amusing look at families, expectations and change. Highly recommended.
What do you do when the last bird leaves the nest? Why plan a romantic vacation to a tropical destination of course. That was the plan and the trials and road blocks along the way are realistic if somewhat exaggerated. This was a great listen, will make you smile one minute, shake your head in agreement the next, laugh out loud and wipe a tear from your eye in the end.
I guess I've come late to the party, as I have only this past Christmas finally "read" this sweet little book. John Grisham tells this story so wonderfully that many times I literally laughed out loud (which can be a bit awkward in the crush of public transportation on my daily commute), and the ending was so emotionally satisfying I had to wipe away a few (happy) tears.
Kudos also to the Reader, as he brings as much to the enjoyment of the story as the Author.
I'm adding "Skipping Christmas" to my Holiday rituals next year, along with "A Christmas Carol" and "It's a Wonderful Life".
Not many times can a book make me laugh out loud but this was one of the funniest books I have ever listened to!! I kept giggling without realizing it. When you want to get into the holiday mood, listen to this audio book. A great story that I will listen to every Christmas.
This is one of the funniest books I have ever read. I was hooked 5 minutes in. It made me laugh so hard I cried, which wasn't good, since I was driving! Totally worth every minute! I hope Grisham takes another try at humor.
This could have been a good story. It starts as a seeming attempt to bring the over-consumptive habits of Americans at Christmas to light. Just when you think the hero will prevail, the plot turns on itself. For those of us who would like to see family appreciation replace eight foot glowing santas as a holiday them, this book is a loser. However, I will say that it has funny moments ala Year in Provence and that there are some light and charming family moments, so it is not a total wash. However, I'd easily recommend Paint House over this.
This was the first book I downloaded from Audible, and I must say, the one I certainly got my money's worth out of. We have listened to it at least 5 times, and I lent it to 6 of the people I work with. Everyone loved the story, and the first thing all said was "is there a movie???" I hope Tim Allen can even begin to do justice to the antics of Luther Crank. It's a funny, touching heartwarming story that will keep you laughing and bring you back again and again.
The first half of this story is a little slow but around the half way mark it takes a turn for the better. I can?t remember a novel that caused me to laugh out loud for minutes at a time. When it was over I found myself wishing their was more.
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