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Friday, December 30, 2011

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: The Christmas List by Richard Paul Evans

NARRATOR: John Dossett
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Audio
DATE OF PUBLICATION: October 6, 2009
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook, 4 hours and 58 minutes
GENRE: Holiday/Christmas
ISBN: 978-


The New York Times bestselling author of The Christmas Box returns with a holiday novel of hope, love, and redemption.


This is a modern-day retelling of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

James Kier is a successful businessman, but he is as ruthless as you can get. He thinks nothing of double-crossing those who trust him and has no appreciation for his employees. He left his devoted wife when she needed him most, leaving her to battle cancer alone. He is a pretty despicable, sorry excuse for a man.

One day, James is stunned to read his obituary in the newspaper. What is more shocking is reading all of the comments left online in response to the obituary. To read what people really think of him makes him examine his life to determine what kind of legacy he wants to leave behind. Amidst all of the negativity, only one commenter stands up for him...and it is the person who has the biggest reason not to.

James sets out to make things right to those whom he has betrayed, but most are unwilling to accept his apology. Is James only trying to change what people think of him, or is he looking for redemption for the right reason?

Once in a while, I like to pick up a tear-jerker. Christmas is a perfect time of year to read something that is inspiring and introspective. Evans does not disappoint! Although this is my first Evans novel, it will not be my last! I see that Evans has written a number of Christmas tales, and I plan to read more next Christmas! In the meantime, I will try out some of his other novels.

Dossett’s narration was the perfect complement to Evans’ beautiful prose! Many times, I was in tears while listening.

MY RATING: 5 stars!! Loved it!!

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  1. I have not read any of Evans books yet...but after reading your review I am putting this on my to read list for next Christmas. Thanks for the helpful review!

    1. You're welcome, Sandie! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!


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