The Christmas List

  • by Richard Paul Evans
  • Narrated by John Dossett
  • 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Dear Listener,When I was in seventh grade, my English teacher, Mrs. Johnson, gave our class the intriguing (if somewhat macabre) assignment of writing our own obituaries. Oddly, I don't remember much of what I wrote about my life, but I do remember how I died: in first place on the final lap of the Daytona 500. At the time, I hadn't considered writing as an occupation, a field with a remarkably low on-the-job casualty rate.What intrigues me most about Mrs. Johnson's assignment is the opportunity she gave us to confront our own legacy. How do we want to be remembered? That question has motivated our species since the beginning of time: from building pyramids to putting our names on skyscrapers.As I began to write this book, I had two objectives: First, I wanted to explore what could happen if someone read their obituary before they died and saw, firsthand, what the world really thought of them. Their legacy.Second, I wanted to write a Christmas story of true redemption. One of my family's holiday traditions is to see a local production of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. I don't know how many times I've seen it (perhaps a dozen), but it still thrills me to see the change that comes over Ebenezer Scrooge as he transforms from a dull, tight-fisted miser into a penitent, "giddy-as-a-schoolboy" man with love in his heart. I always leave the show with a smile on my face and a resolve to be a better person. That's what I wanted to share with you, my dear listeners, this Christmas - a holiday tale to warm your season, your homes, and your hearts.Merry Christmas,
Richard Paul Evans


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Soft Gentle Story

I did not realize I have had this book for such a long time; however, I began listening without knowing anything about the story. The story has an initial grab to pull you in; but, it really doesn't need it. It moves along and sounds realistic. All of the characters feel very believable. They seem real from the beginning. The story feels real. Then, the character has an incident and he changes nearly immediately. As a reader - I didn't believe it; and, neither did anyone else in the story. I think that what makes this story compelling is that I am not even sure the main character believes he has changed. As the story progresses though both the reader and the main character come to realize that he has changed. The story is smooth; i.e., it flows like a gentle river. It is the kind of story I would like to tell if I could tell a story as easy as this one was to read. There is a nice ending and a nice 'moral to the story.' The reader had the perfect voice to read this story.

I give this the top rating.
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- The Wicked Parson

The good over the bad heart felt life story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Since 2009 I have read this book at Christmas time, 2012 I saw I could add this to my audible collection so I did. Listening to the book not once but 4 times during the Holiday season. The story telling was brought to life in what i call a Very modern day Dickins. If you like how people can change and how they search for forgiveness. How they seek to make things right for the bad things they have done, then you will love this story. From your heart you will be touched and you will see how searching for forgiveness you find piece in ones self. All wrapped up in a holiday classic that fits in everyday life through out the year.

Who was your favorite character and why?

His secretary to helps guide him and ends up being there for him throughout his journey. This book is full of strong willed women whether it's his ex wife who battles cancer with a broken heart or the waitress working any job she can to take care of her son and give them a life, or the Secretary facing personal health issues with her husband and yet being there every step of the way for her boss as he looks for forgiveness.

Which character – as performed by John Dossett – was your favorite?

Question: What kind of man serves divorce papers on his wife the day she arrives home from her first chemo treatment? Or swindles an old friend on a property deal, netting millions for his own pocket while costing his “friend” his shirt? What kind of guy has a son who refuses to invite him to his wedding and dubs Christmas décor “idiot glitter”? John played all the characters so well but the way he played James Kier, ruthless Salt Lake City real estate mogul and main character of this book was so wonderful.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I won't give it away but it was near the end when he went to a diner that just gave this story the full circle and made it so complete

Any additional comments?

So well written by Richard Paul Evans and so well preformed by John Dossett. The story is face paced and touches your heart and mind. Can't recommend this enough to everyone.

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- Gil

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-06-2009
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio