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Publisher's Summary

Can you imagine writing to Father Christmas and actually getting a reply?

Every year, the children of J.R.R. Tolkien would write to Father Christmas, and the letters they received told wonderful stories of his adventures at the North Pole.

These humorous tales are brought to life by Derek Jacobi as Father Christmas, John Moffatt as Polar Bear, and Christian Rodska as Ilbereth the Elf, complete with specially composed music.

© The J.R.R Tolkien Copyright Trust; © The J.R.R. Tolkien Copyright Trust 1997, 2004; (P)1997 HarperCollins UK

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A fun little read.

What made the experience of listening to Letters from Father Christmas the most enjoyable?

The humour and wonderful narration made this a great listen.

What does Derek Jacobi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Derek Jacobi read with tongue in cheek and in great humour and the listening experience was very enjoyable.

Any additional comments?

A few letters written to Tolkien's daughter Priscilla were left out of the audiobook edition from about 1937 to 1943 I think. These are included in the Ebook edition with wonderful illustrations from J.R.R. Tolkien.

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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amazing idea for Christmas

A much better idea than the elf on the shelf. As I listened to the story I was thinking of the possibility of doing this with my future little ones

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Fun Listen!

Wish there were more letters to this British family. The stories could go on. I love having a new slant (for me) on Santa and the North Pole and their problems. Love the letter sign offs too! "Love from your Father Christmas".

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Heart warming letters from a creative father.


This book is less a book and more of a collection of letters from "Father Christmas" and his silly companions to the children of the famous author J.R.R. Tolkien. The level of creativity is heart warming as the letters relate the yearly adventures of Father Christmas and his helpers as they prepare to make their great gift deliveries, most notably the clumsy and lovable North Polar Bear.

The narration was also absolutely terrific, it's hard to imagine anyone could have done better. Hats off to Derek Jacobi, John Moffatt, and Christian Rodska for bringing these fun little characters to life and putting a smile on the faces of listeners everywhere.

This audiobook is recommended to listeners who enjoy a bit of imagination blended into their Christmas holiday and want something shorter than two hours in length. This audio experience is just as much silly fun for the older as it is for the younger. Who knows? It might even inspire some parents to add a little spice to Christmas mornings, themselves.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Kill the music!!

I would love this, were it not for the INCREDIBLY ANNOYING MUSIC! The producers took what could have been a first-rate audiobook and cheapened it with extremely poor interlude music that even plays over the narrations.... a great pity! The music is presumably there to please children, but my child asked, “Why do they keep playing that silly ‘tick-tocky’ song?!” Boo.....

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Felt the Christmas Magic

The performance was spectacular.
I truly felt as if Santa and the other characters were alive. Smiled through the whole thing it's worth the listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Magical Christmas Tale by the best

Heartwarming Christmas Tale surrounding Father Christmas's letters to J.R.R. Tolkien's children every year at Christmas time. They were a delight to read and I can see this becoming a new holiday tradition to listen to every Christmas Eve with new little ones in my life.

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Get rid of the music

Great idea. Very fun in the beginning but starts to tire as many letters are similar. Want to do this with my Grandkids.

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adorable!!! i loved every minute of it.

i just wish it was longer! such a fun book. adorable!

i enjoyed every minute!

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Just perfect to put you in the mood for Christmas!

Beautifully written, narration was lovely, just the perfect book to get you in the mood for Christmas!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Nina
  • 12-22-16

It brings the Christmas spirit...

This beautiful collection of letters that Tolkien wrote to his children as replies from Father Christmas is full of humour and shows the North Pole through a dreaming child's eyes.
The character of a mischievous polar bear takes you into a Christmas adventure that will make you laugh and will let your imagination run wild.

The narration is simple which will entertain either adult or child listener and is wonderfully supported by uplifting Christmas music.

If you're a fan of Tolkien and love Christmas or are just looking for a story for your children during the festive season, this book is perfect.

The only downside is that the book is short however it is quite a gem.

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  • Harriet Ellis
  • 12-27-17

A book from my childhood

The voices were perfect, it’s very nostalgic and Christmassy for a certain generation and for a new generation it brings Father Christmas alive

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  • Darran Hughes
  • 11-28-17

When Christmas was Christmas.

Being 50 years of age I thought I would not enjoy this. How wrong I was, since listening to this I bought the book to see the pictures mentioned. Book and Audio book are both very enjoyable. The music between letters to me symbolised the passage of time until the next Christmas and was enjoyable.
A real shame the audio book is but a short one.

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  • 12-25-16

My very favorite christmas book.

A truely wonderfuly delightful experiance, if youve ever wondered how good corraspondance from award winning aiuthours are to there children at christmas, under the guise of father christmas, this is the answer.

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  • Sally
  • 12-24-16

Seriously irritating music

Readings were lovely - it would be 4 to 5 stars if you could eradicate the dreadful, repetitive music

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-22-16

charming

wonderfully innocent from a bygone age. Beautifully read. I am 54 and really loved it!

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  • Bee
  • 02-16-15

Magical story

I just love listen to this story with the kids you should have see their faces I think it will be listen to again next year but just before Christmas :-)