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  • The Man Who Invented Christmas

  • How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits
  • By: Les Standiford
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 138

Just before Christmas in 1843, a debt-ridden and dispirited Charles Dickens wrote a small book he hoped would keep his creditors at bay. His publisher turned it down, so Dickens used what little money he had to put out A Christmas Carol himself. He worried it might be the end of his career as a novelist. The book immediately caused a sensation. And it breathed new life into a holiday that had fallen into disfavor, undermined by lingering Puritanism and the cold modernity of the Industrial Revolution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Told!

  • By JodyB on 12-01-17

Great book!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-23-17

Except that the reader couldn’t decide if the book was about Dickens ot Dickinson..the story was well written and well read.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Lean In

  • Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
  • By: Sheryl Sandberg
  • Narrated by: Elisa Donovan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,746
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,720

Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook COO, ranked eighth on Fortune's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business - has become one of America's most galvanizing leaders, and an icon for millions of women juggling work and family. In Lean In, she urges women to take risks and seek new challenges, to find work that they love, and to remain passionately engaged with it at the highest levels throughout their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lean In, Lead On

  • By Cynthia on 03-14-13

Good book, but repetitive

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-20-17

I liked the message of the book. But, it kept repeating itself. It could have been about 1/3rd the length and been more effective.