I had the pleasure of listening to the Alison Larkin Presents versions of Dickens' A Christmas Carol and Clement Clark Moore's The Night Before ChristI had the pleasure of listening to the Alison Larkin Presents versions of Dickens' A Christmas Carol and Clement Clark Moore's The Night Before Christmas. Anyone who knows me, knows I love A Christmas Carol. I usually either read it every year, or listen to some version on audio, in addition to watching all the film versions.
This particular version of A Christmas Carol was very entertaining. The narrator had a pleasing voice, and I was envisioning the story as I listened. It was quite a nice audio during my forays as Mom's taxi service. Teehee.
Alison Larkin narrated The Night Before Christmas herself and I just love her voice! She gave the traditional tale, that we all have loved since children, a very whimsical, yet heartwarming tone.
Listening to these classic Christmas tales in the lead up to the Christmas season was just what I needed to get me into the spirit. I highly recommend to anyone who loves Christmas, and enjoys listening to audiobooks....more
As she did with The Reindeer Keeper and The Snowman Maker, Barbara has once again brought the true meaniThis review is from the 2015 Christmas season.
As she did with The Reindeer Keeper and The Snowman Maker, Barbara has once again brought the true meaning of Christmas in her newest novel, The Candle Giver, which completes her Christmas trilogy. In this book, we are brought full circle back to Abbey's farmhouse and all the characters from the prior books are brought together at Christmas.
The messages in this book are profound. Being able to believe, no matter your age. The ability to love again. The importance of endings, and new beginnings. The magic and whimsy of Christmas. It's all here.
This was the only book I read this season, as I had a lot going on personally (and why it took me so long to read it). I'm so glad it was this one. Barbara really knows Christmas and writes it so everyone can experience the joy of it. I highly recommend this and her the previous books in the trilogy to anyone who loves Christmas and loves a great story....more
Krampus, Krampus, Krampus...we're hearing a lot of that name this year. It seems the beast of legend, one of Santa's helpers with the not so nice on tKrampus, Krampus, Krampus...we're hearing a lot of that name this year. It seems the beast of legend, one of Santa's helpers with the not so nice on the list, is finally making his way into our modern world consciousness. I find it exciting actually. I love the old legends surrounding holidays so I welcome Krampus as the dark alter ego of Santa. After all, everyone has a dark side, whether it be small or large.
Manochio's Twelfth Krampus Night is set in medieval times when people were very superstitious and believed in such legends as Krampus and Frau Perchta. But even the people of the time found themselves having to suspend disbelief when they encountered these individuals, especially Krampus, the demon/man/goat monstrosity. Turns out, these two have a score to settle with a very naughty individual. Little do they know...they're not after the same person. When they decide to join forces, all hell breaks loose...literally.
This novella is a short read, but it packs a lot of punch. It's not really Christmas-y, but it is set during Twelfth Night so still within that window of the festive season. Manochio shows a real talent for spinning a good, scary yarn, with some humor thrown in for good measure....more