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I never got past Chapter 1 because it was exhausting to listen. I expected uplifting stories that would help keep Christmas cheers alive in my heart. Instead after the preface, I heard mostly passive aggressive journal entries or letters of complaint. It makes me hopeful that humanity has come farther than I thought when I heard these “stories”.
Sorry I’m not feeling well enough to write a proper review...but listening to this book is just wonderful medicine. The narration is outstanding and totally appropriate to every piece in this anthology. I didn’t know about the author’s annual collection of pieces in his “Christmas Crackers”, I just wanted something warming and heartening for the time before Christmas in what has been a really grim 2017 for many.
This is a rich collection of poetry; passages from Dickens, Pepys and other sources; historic recipes for posset and Mrs Beeton’s Christmas pudding; descriptions of Queen Victoria’s Christmas and Moley’s return to Mole End from Wind in the Willows and many other descriptions of Christmasin ever form you can think of ..and oh so much more! This is one of the very best Audible books I’ve bought out of 750 in my collection over 10 years. I think I shall be playing this on a loop from now to Christmas .Give yourself a little Christmas cheer and treat yourself to this. You won’t regret it.
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