Skipping Christmas

  • by John Grisham
  • Narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris
  • 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That's just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they'll skip the holiday altogether. Theirs will be the only house on Hemlock Street without a rooftop Frosty; they won't be hosting the annual Christmas Eve bash; they aren't even going to have a tree. They won't need one, because come December 25 they're setting sail on a Caribbean cruise. But, as this couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings enormous consequences - and isn't half as easy as they'd imagined.A classic tale for modern times, Skipping Christmas offers a hilarious look at the charm and frenzy that have become part of our holiday tradition.


What the Critics Say

" to read." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Simple Pleasures!

I LOVE this story! If you are looking for something around the holidays to make you laugh in the midst of all the insane bustle, this book will point you in the right direction! Within his comical story line, you will find profound truth about what the holidays have become in America. As simple as it might sound, I think this is my favorite Grisham novel. Throughout the whole thing, I kept saying, "He is a genius!" Listening to it as I frantically cleaned my house, baked, and signed Christmas cards made me smile at my own pace and caused me to slow down and reflect as to what I feel is really important around the holidays. Even if you've read it, or simply seen the movie, download this and listen to it - it will definitely make your holidays bright!
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- Lisa

Wished I would have skipped this book

Would you try another book from John Grisham and/or Dennis Boutsikaris?

Yes, I would try another book. I just don't think this was my type of story. I was driving to Ohio the weekend before Christmas and looking for stories to listen to on my 7 hour drive. This was not one that I enjoyed at all -- just was a drag -- I knew it was sort of "anti christmas" the celebratory kind -- but I couldn't wait for it to be over. I didn't stop listening just because I had nothing better to do during my drive.

Has Skipping Christmas turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, not at all.

What didn’t you like about Dennis Boutsikaris’s performance?

He had a nice voice -- I would like to hear stories by him again.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Skipping Christmas?

The beginning and middle -- I liked the end.

Any additional comments?

Just like Christmas with the Kranks (movie) not a book I would recommend.

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- Jody

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-06-2001
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks