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Victorian England. Christmas Eve. Young Jack, a blind boy of 10 years, sits alone by the hearth, making a Christmas wish: Jack would like a dog to keep him company. Suddenly Jack hears a frantic scrambling in the chimney and something plops into the room. Jack is overjoyed! Santa has brought him a dog!

Except it's actually a chicken, but don't tell Jack. He's never seen a dog or a chicken, because he's never seen anything. Jack names his pet King and over the next several days the two of them have some wonderful adventures.

This is a story to warm even the stoniest of hearts. Great for all ages, kids love it and adults find it very funny. Read it aloud to someone you love.

©2011 Allen Appel (P)2012 Allen Appel

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  • Gillian
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 12-17-14

Dickens with Cockfighting!!! Huzzah!!!

After reading a whole heckuva lot about nuclear annihilation it was time to settle down into something a tad lighter and more festive. And I couldn't have been more delighted with my choice. "The Christmas Chicken" is a very short listen which is brilliantly and audaciously narrated by Brad Wills (who else could infuse a chicken's voice with shock or dismay?) and follows a poor family as they all come together for a single Christmas. There is poverty! There is begging! Alcoholism! Bad guys! Cockfights! A small blind boy! Street urchins with hearts of gold! It's a listening classic that left me laughing and is actually safe and enjoyable fun for the whole family. It's worth the small listening time, and it's certainly worthy of the tiny pittance o' cash you'll lay out. What a delightful, delightful surprise!
It's still not the 5-star Jacob T. Marley, but what is?

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 12-16-13

Entertaining Christmas Listen

This short audio book was a fun and entertaining Christmas listen with twists and turns. I'm a fan of chickens, so it was right up my alley. :)

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I LOVED IT!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, It was a great story and Brad did a wonderful job.

What did you like best about this story?

How Jack was trying to make his family happy and the family was trying to make Jack happy!

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

He uses such emotion in his telling of this story, it pulled me right in as if I were right there. He is the best in the business. He has each person a voice and I can keep apart who is speaking. Well done Brad!!!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did listen to this in one setting. I put it on my iPhone and go right on doing what I need to do with the phone in my pocket.

Any additional comments?

Wonderful story and wonderful told. I loved it!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Leslie
  • Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • 01-14-13

Great for kids and adults

Would you listen to The Christmas Chicken again? Why?

Yes! I think I liked it more than my son did.

What other book might you compare The Christmas Chicken to and why?

It was sort of like Dickens. But with a crazy twist.

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

The Narrator was so Dramatic and Funny. He really brought the story to life. Even the chicken. This was one of the few books that was greatly inhanced by the reader.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Made us laugh out loud.

Any additional comments?

This one's a keeper!!

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  • SLA
  • New York
  • 12-21-13

Thank you Brad !

What did you love best about The Christmas Chicken?

I always read some Christmas story on Christmas Eve and I have a new one that we can listen to ! I cannot wait to hear this !

Have you listened to any of Brad Wills’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I know Brad has done great work in the past so I know I won't be disappointed !:)

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