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Publisher's Summary

Even the best laid plans have a habit of unravelling - and no plan at all is a recipe for disaster. When two Christmasses collide, it looks like it's going to be anything but goodwill toward men.
©2006 Wordright Ltd; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A lighthearted, witty story about family life." (Woman's Weekly)
"A curl-up-and-read-in-front-of-the-fire tale that has it all - jealousy, heartache and humour." (The Sun)

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Just Brilliant

Where does The Xmas Factor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The Xmas Factor is a truly brilliant story 10 out of 10, I loved it from the very start.

What did you like best about this story?

It is so appealing, I totally love the Christmas story with a different spin on it - wonderful story telling.

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

I love Kim Hicks performance, I don't have other stories read by her yet but she is going to be one of my favourite narrators to be sure.

If you could take any character from The Xmas Factor out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Why it would have to be Nick, even though I don't know much about how to play music, he sounds just so gentle, caring and funny.

Any additional comments?

I have listened to this story 4 times so far and it's still only November!!! It's well worth another listen, I live in Australia and it brings "home" to me as I am British. Love it!!!!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Really enjoyed this

Good, lighthearted book while still looking at life and relationship struggles. I will be keeping this one to listen to again next year.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Elizabeth
  • archdale, NC, United States
  • 01-04-08

Chick Lit Christmas

a fun girlie read for christmas, really helped me get through the last days of work before the holidays, not great literature, but a good light listen...

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Fun story

Filled with a 'wicked' stepmother, a 'wicked' stepdaughter and the struggles of a failing magazine editor, this rollicking story takes on a wonderfully entertaining Christmas count down.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Predictable yet entertaining Christmas read

This book is light yet predictable but a perfectly enjoyable listen for getting your pre Christmas jobs done in the spirit of the season.

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  • Susan
  • Bartonville, TX
  • 12-20-15

Hold on for a fun ride.

Another yearly Christmas must read added to my December list. This book starts off a little slow, but when all the characters come into focus it takes off and becomes a wonderful Christmas story. We all have a kooky relative or a strange tradition that can go wrong. This fun romp covers an array of all those crazy circumstances that can and do happen around the holidays. I would love to see this done into a movie if done right.

Many relatable characters and a few that took a while to grow on me but eventually became endearing. Annie Sanders did a good job narrating.

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  • C
  • McKinney, TX, USA
  • 12-28-08

British English Very Disappointing

Couldn't make it through the first few minutes of this. Really do wish Audible would clarify in the summaries which books are written in British English or American English.

1 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Anne
  • 01-08-09

Snatching Victory form the Jaws of Defeat!

A thoroughly engrossing account of the hassle of preparing for Christmas which interweaves the story of two women, Beth and Carol, as they both seek to make Christmas wonderful for those they love. A story full of warmth; mixing poignancy and happiness together into a marvellous climax.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Erin
  • 02-11-09

Great read

As a Christmas lover I couldn't resist getting this book when I saw it, and it didn't let me down. The story of how different women's lives entwine, and detailing their struggles to achieve "the perfect Christmas".

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • M P Collins
  • 12-28-12

Christmas at last

Two women have to deal with Christmas and all the complications that can bring while juggling work and family

Beth, a second wife, has to prove to the village and her husband and difficult step daughter that she is up to the role filled by his perfect late wife

Carol, a magazine editor, fights for the survival of her publication while trying to care for her son and give him the perfect Christmas.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • M J.
  • 11-15-10

Witty and touching all the way through

This story relates of some ordinary people experiencing familiar tricky situations. The atmosphere is really touching. A lot of wit in the writting and the narator reads it really well.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs. K. I. Richards
  • 09-24-14

i know its early

Any additional comments?

this was the next book on my list and I really enjoyed it.<br/>starting with a countdown from September to Christmas day, there were tips on how to get through the planning to the perfect Christmas. <br/>carol trying to bring new life to a failing womens monthly magazine and beth trying to live up to Jacob's previous wife are my favourite characters.as well as the little boy tim.<br/>there were little bits of humour sprinkled through the book<br/>all the characters were well written and kim hicks performance added to the enjoyment.<br/>I haven't listened to many stories set at Christmas, apart from a Christmas carol of course, but this comes after a proper family Christmas by june gorden-cumming.<br/>

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Anne
  • 06-30-13

Dire

Would you try another book written by Annie Sanders or narrated by Kim Hicks?

After around 30 minutes of 'listening' I realised I had completely switched off as I totally failed to engage with either the characters, nor the narrator. I gamely went back twice more, but became utterly lost in the froth of utterly 2-dimensional people whose superficial lives held no attraction whatsoever. The narrator had a very limited range of poor accents and, other than one being so comically patronising, completely to differentiate between the key players. A free download which was a waste of my time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Helen
  • 04-07-13

Light hearted and easy listening

I always find the narrator can make or break a book no matter how good the story is and kim Hicks does a really good job with this one. Its light hearted but enough of a story to make you want to keep listening but not to heavy. I fully recommend it .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • 01-06-13

A warm story for Christmas

A little obvious in places but on the whole a good tale and a nice reading.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Lindsey
  • 12-30-12

A light hearted tale

This was an easy listen (apart from the narrator's awful Liverpudlian accent!). The story is very light with mainly likeable characters but a number of unlikely co-incidences to draw the story together. Not going to win any awards, but if you want something that's easy on the ear and of a chick lit styling this will appeal.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful