Library Ed. Recorded Books 2003
CS ISBN 1402559895 $49.75 Five cassettes
CD ISBN 1402561776 $69.75/ $13.50(R) Six CDs
John McDonough reads this endearing holiday tale, along with two bonus Christmas stories. After narrating several audiobooks in the Mitford series, he has grown into the role. McDonough's deep, gentle voice matches the simple lifestyles of Karon's characters. He gives a natural voice to the town's residents and charms with his vocal characterizations. The listener feels Mule Skinner's discomfort at abandoning a cozy diner and the tender emotions of Father Tim. McDonough endears himself to the reader with his portrayal of the elderly, ill, and impoverished Uncle Billy. As the mountain man frets over the "Santy" he must provide for his schizophrenic wife, McDonough's depiction resonates with the Christmas spirit. J.J.B. 2004 Audie Award Finalist (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine [Published: JUN/ JUL 04]
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