“A Boy Called Christmas,” by Matt Haig (audiobook)

I recently had the chance to listen to the unabridged audiobook version of A Boy Called Christmas, by Matt Haig. This audiobook was released on November 1, 2016, by Listening Library.

About this audiobook (official description):

Before there was Santa Claus, there was a young boy who believed in the impossible. . . . Lemony Snicket meets Elf in this warmhearted Christmas caper.
 
Eleven-year-old Nikolas—nicknamed “Christmas”—has received only one toy in his life: a doll carved out of a turnip. But he’s happy with his turnip doll, because it came from his parents, who love him. Then one day his father goes missing, and Nikolas must travel to the North Pole to save him.

Along the way, Nikolas befriends a surly reindeer, bests a troublesome troll, and discovers a hidden world of enchantment in the frozen village of Elfhelm. But the elves of Elfhelm have troubles of their own: Christmas spirit and goodwill are at an all-time low, and Nikolas may be the only person who can fix things—if only he can reach his father before it’s too late. . . .

Sparkling with wit and warmth, A Boy Called Christmas is a cheeky new Christmas classic-in-the-making from acclaimed author Matt Haig.

Final Verdict:

This is my first time getting to review an audiobook, although we’re all huge audiobook fans in my house. One of the most important things I have to determine when getting an audiobook is whether the narrator is amazing, tolerable, or completely unbearable. I usually won’t spend money on an audiobook unless the narrator is amazing, and Stephen Fry, the narrator for A Boy Called Christmas, definitely exceeded my expectations, and I would put him on my list of “best of the best”. My favorite narrator is Jim Dale, and Fry, with his deep British accent, reminded me a lot of Dale. Fry’s voice alone would have made an ordinary story fun, but this is not just an ordinary story. The recommended age range is 8-12 years old, but I’m 36, and I enjoyed this book as much as my 7- and 9-year-old daughters! I was cackling out loud, which always delights my girls. It’s a wonderfully-written story, and would make a great addition to anyone’s Christmas reading (listening) list…but honestly, it would be a great story year-round, too.

Also impressive: A Boy Called Christmas was a runaway hit in England own country and is translated in over 25 languages. It is being made into a film by Studio Canal and The Guardian called it an ‘instant classic’. Neil Gaiman said of his writing: “Haig has an empathy for the human condition, the light and the dark of it, and he uses the full palette to build his excellent stories”. You can find out more about Matt Haig by visiting his website here.

 If you’d like to check out A Boy Called Christmas on audiobook it is currently on sale for $24.46. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time
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