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Christmas Book & Audiobook suggestions

Have you read any good Christmas books lately? I'm always looking for Christmas book and audiobook suggestions. I do a lot of driving, and audiobooks are a much better way to pass the time than listening to commercials on the radio. Has anyone read a good Christmas book? A mini review in this thread might be helpful.
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Here's an audiobook I listened to lately.

Jacob T. Marley by R. William Bennett - A novella about Scrooge's partner that imagines his roots and time adding those chains before A Christmas Carol begins. Some elements of the story are too contrived for my taste. Bennett's work does not compare in quality and imagination to Dickens', but it's a nice quick read for a fan of the original. The audiobook version is well-produced and worth a listen.
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For works in the public domain, visit librivox.org. Click on Advanced Search and search for "Christmas." The dedicated volunteers there create audiobooks of public-domain materials in many languages and offer them for free to the public. Some of their readers are very talented.

My favorite is The Christmas Angel.
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I really like the Cadfael (detective Monk/whodunit) series. I've got them all as audiobooks and try to listen to them at the right point in the year in which they're set! (Having ME/CFS I spend a lot of time resting in bed and get through audio books!)

One of the series is 'The Raven in the Foregate' which is set around Christmas - although it's not 'a christmas book' per se.

There are some audio version if it about.
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There are a couple of good Poirot stories, by Agatha Christie, set at Christmas; The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding and Hercule Poirot's Christmas.

The Sherlock Holmes short Story 'The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle' is set on Christmas Eve.

The Nero Wolfe short story 'Christmas Party' is in the book 'And Four To Go'.

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There are a couple of good Poirot stories, by Agatha Christie, set at Christmas; The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding and Hercule Poirot's Christmas.

The Sherlock Holmes short Story 'The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle' is set on Christmas Eve.

The Nero Wolfe short story 'Christmas Party' is in the book 'And Four To Go'.

Can you tell I like detective stories?!?!!??
You'd love the anthology "The Twelve Crimes of Christmas," if you can find it. It's a paperback that's now out of print, but well worth chasing. One of my favorite Christmas books.
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I'm not sure these are available via audio book but I'm looking forward to the third Christmas Western by J. A. Johnstone!

I read Johnstone's Westerns (and other genres) so the annual Christmas book is a must! 2013's book is entitled "A Big Sky Christmas."




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As a fan of William W. Johnstone & Christmas, I’m really excited about this one!

A Lone Star Christmas – William W. Johnstone with J.A. Johnstone will be available in November 2011

From the webpage and Newsletter:

We are excited to be releasing our first ever Christmas Western for this coming Holiday Season. The very cool thing about this western title is that the Johnstones are putting several favorite characters together...Smoke Jensen, Matt Jensen, Falcon and Duff Maccallister. Together For The First Time!

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They just wanted to get home for Christmas...but fate had other plans. It's December 1890. A Texas rancher named Big Jim Conyers has a deal with Scottish-born, Wyoming cattleman named Duff MacAllister. Along with Smoke and Matt Jensen, the party bears down on Dodge, Kansas, to make a cattle drive back to Forth Worth. But before they can get out of Dodge, guns go off and a rich man's son is killed.

Soon the drive turns into a deadly pursuit, then a staggering series of clashes with bloodthirsty Indians and trigger-happy rustlers. And the worst is yet to come-the party rides into a devastating blizzard, a storm so fierce that their very survival is at stake.

From America's greatest Western author, here is an epic tale of the unforgiving American frontier and how, amidst fierce storms of man and nature, miracles can still happen.


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It's December 1890. A Texas rancher named Big Jim Conyers has a deal with Scottish-born, Wyoming cattleman named Duff MacAllister. Along with Smoke and Matt Jensen, the party bears down on Dodge, Kansas, to make a cattle drive back to Forth Worth. But before they can get out of Dodge, guns go off and a rich man's son is killed. Soon the drive turns into a deadly pursuit, then a staggering series of clashes with bloodthirsty Indians and trigger-happy rustlers. And the worst is yet to come - the party rides into a devastating blizzard, a storm so fierce that their very survival is at stake. From America's greatest Western author, here is an epic tale of the unforgiving American frontier and how, amidst fierce storms of man and nature, miracles can still happen.


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Like last year's "Lone Star Christmas", it's a Western, it's about Christmas and it's written by J.A. Johnstone. Even before the first word is read, what's not to like?!


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The families Jensen and MacCallister are two of the most legendary clans in frontier fiction. Now, the USA Today bestselling authors of A Lone Star Christmas bring them together once more—in a gripping tale of tragedy, survival, love, betrayal, and maybe even a miracle...
Three days before Christmas, Matt Jensen is traveling the Denver and Pacific railway when an avalanche slams down onto the train, trapping it in desolate Trout Creek Pass. But it wasn’t an act of nature that caused the accident; it was a gang of outlaws attempting to rescue their leader, who is being taken to Red Cliff to be hanged.

As Smoke Jensen and Duff MacCallister frantically try to make their way to the scene, Matt struggles to save the survivors, among them a beautiful young woman with a dark past, a merchant seaman turned rancher, and a senator with his very ill young daughter. Starving under a bitter, driving snow in the brutal, unforgiving Rocky Mountains, and surrounded by armed and desperate outlaws, Matt still dreams of making it home for Christmas. But unless fate lends a hand, nobody will.

And coming soon!...


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The Christmas Train by David Baldacci (read by Tim Matheson) - Christmas redemption and miracles abound. Don't want to say more in case folks are going to listen to it the first time.
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