30 December 2011

Christmas Audiobook Review: The Christmas Secret


2¢ Worth: This is one of those great character driven stories where all the characters don't really realize, until the end, how serendipitous their coming together is. Each person plays a roll in helping the other find their way. By the end you're completely invested and you can't wait for them to put all the pieces together and realize how blessed they really are. This tale is full of wonderful thoughtful quotes that I often had to replay, pause, and ponder. Ultimately this story is like hot chocolate with a friend after a long day of Christmas shopping. It's comforting and reminds you of what is important and what some people go through all year round.

Words aloud: The Christmas Secret is read by the authoress herself. Donna does a great job with the voices of her characters and the pace. The only thing I had trouble with is that sometimes the point of view changed and it took me a few seconds to catch up. It would have been nice if she said the character's name before switching to that character's POV.

Whisper: The book seems to say, be kind and generous because you never know what someone has gone through, the difference your kindness can make, or how they're connected to you.

Whippersnappers: The characters in The Christmas Secret have all been through something. So expect some mentions to drug abuse, infidelity, premarital sex, sex, child neglect, illness, and a few minor curse words.

Wind-up: The Christmas Secret by Donna VanLiere is read by the authoress and consists of 5 discs (6 hours and 20 minutes). But don't let the prologue deter you. It really does get much much better. Audiobook rating: 5 stars. Narrator rating: 4 stars.

Warm holiday cheer meter: Low Medium High

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18 comments :

  1. "Ultimately this story is like hot chocolate with a friend after a long day of Christmas shopping." <----Love this! Sounds like another great holiday read that leaves one with some lasting lessons!

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  2. this sounds like one fantastic holiday story!!

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  3. Aww! Yay!! I'll have to check it out!! How's that pretty baby girl????

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  4. I loved reading this - though I didn't do the audio.

    Glad to have you back!

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  5. Your christmas reviews are always so cozy! Love. :)

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  6. Oh this is my kind of audio. I've yet to listen to one read by the author so that will be interesting. Also it is the perfect length for me ;)

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  7. This book sounds so perfect and cozy! Glad you enjoyed it!

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  8. Alexis: I'm with you doll! I love shorties ;)

    Wendy: Ahhh thanks :)

    Regina: Thanks :) I'll be on and off for awhile :)

    BB: She's doing great thank you! :)

    Melissa: Exactly :)

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  9. I only like books like this around the holidays and then I love them! This sounds like a good one to me.

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  10. I ought to make a list of cheery Christmas books to read for next year; this one sounds like it has a wonderful message!

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  11. Bermuda: I feel ya. Well make note of this one for next year :)

    Aylee: Yes! Definitely try this author next Christmas.

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  12. "Ultimately this story is like hot chocolate with a friend after a long day of Christmas shopping."

    This is a great simile and something I could relate to. That's why I enjoy your reviews. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  13. I like it when the author narrates their own book. That so fun, though I would have probably wanted to know more easily when the POVs shifted.

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  14. Jenny Girl: O thanks doll :)

    Missie: Yes! Exactly!

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  15. How great that she narrates herself! The changing points of view would be difficult in audio. Hadn't thought of that!

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  16. Alyssa: I know right? I wish all authors narrated themselves.

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  17. This sounds like a wonderful Christmas read. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I love audiobooks that are read by the author, they know a thing or two about how the book is supposed to be read.

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  18. JessicaBookLover: Amen! So far, I've yet to encounter an author narrator I haven't liked.

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