It's Christmas, and Jenny Checkland is beset with problems. The vicar, who really should know better, has asked to borrow Marilyn the donkey for the nativity play, thereby unleashing chaos on the already chaos-laden Frogmorton Farm.
Will Marilyn survive her bath? Will anyone survive Marilyn's bath?
Robbed of her role as the Virgin Mary, what revenge is the angel Gabriel plotting? Why is that sheep so fat?
Will Charlie ever get to say his one line? Can Marilyn be prevented from eating the baby Jesus? Where is Thomas, who promised he would be there? And worst of all - will Russell, lost on the moor in a blizzard, make it back in time for the birth of his first child? Or even at all?
Another chance to meet the characters from the best-selling novel The Nothing Girl as they navigate the complexities of the local nativity play in their own unique fashion.
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I just love everything she writes! A complete joy! You need to read 'Nothing Girl' first, or this won't make much sense - but when you have, this is an utter delight!
Jodi Taylor has a lovely sense of humour finding the funny side of life, her books are a joy to listen to if you want a humour full everyday story with no descriptive murders or unnecessary nastiness. As much as I enjoy a good detective story Jodi's books are comforting and the narrator, Lucy, is brilliant.
I'm @TeaganTheDog's mum. We live in Dorset and walk a lot & like geocaching. I became addicted to Audible in September 2015.
I thought I would try a few short stories to listen to on dog walks - this was perfectly lovely! Very enjoyable.
I read this 'short' before its associated book, accidentally thinking it was part of the St Mary's Chronicles. Consequently, i didn't enjoy it and had no intention of reading The Nothing Girl. However, having withdrawal symptoms with no St Mary's left to read and having read Bachelor Establishment, i decided to get Nothing Girl after all. I absolutely loved it, and so listened again to Little Donkey straight after, and this time enjoyed it. The problem the first time was that i didn't know the characters. So, if you've read NG, get this, you'll love it. If not, get the other one first.
I thought it was an unusual and amusing version of A Christmas Nativity. It was most enjoyable. The readings were excellent. At first I thought it was a children's book, but changed my mind. It was the kind of book I would recommend as a Christmas gift for my favourite aunt.
I have recently discovered Jodi Taylor's books and am now recommending them to all i can.
A great mix of humour and life.
A hint of Terry Pratchett at times too.
Perfect, free, easy listen as I did some Christmas chores.
I'd started to listen to the St Mary Chronicles Sequence of books and I've really enjoyed the ones that I've listened too. I noticed the author Jodi Taylor had generously written some accompanying short stories and novellas that were free. This book was included so I downloaded it. I haven't read any of the previous books in the series but this was a nice easy listen.
"THE BIG GOLDEN HORSE"
THESE ARE NOT DEEP WATERS, IN WHICH, I WISH TO SWIM
This is a sort of pregnant Christmas story. Most of the reviews say read, The Nothing Girl, first. That title should speak volumes. The donkey actually plays a very small role in the story. An imaginary horse is the hero. This was a pretty average story and I have no desire to read about Nothing Girl.
"Read The Nothing Girl first"
A wonderful continuation of The Nothing Girl. I would love to see more of these characters.
"Funny, charming, memorable"
I'm sure I will. It's everything you want a short story to be. BUT you really need to have read "The Nothing Girl" or it probably won't make sense. It's a short story sequel to the book.
Probably the sheep at the Christmas pageant. I can't say more or I'll spoil it.
It was spot-on. She does what great narrators do: make you forget she's reading.
There were a lot of moments that made me laugh which is exactly the movement I had it mind.
It's a lovely Christmas gift -- free -- and if you read the book "The Nothing Girl," this is one extra hour of enchantment before you have to leave. Until Jodi Taylor writes a full length sequel, it's all there is to do. I didn't think I would like anything Ms. Taylor wrote more than her St. Mary's time travel books (which I love), but these stories are delightful. Witty and funny. With just enough fantasy to make it out of this world.
But read The Nothing Girl first. This is a fabulous follow up and will not have the same impact if read as a stand alone.
"Lovely--Not a Children's Story"
I was aware of the short story for a while before I bought it. My first impression from the cover and short description was that it was a story for young -or very young-people. Finally, after I had read everything else by Jodi Taylor, I broke down and bought "The Nothing Girl" and "The Little Donkey."
I am so glad I did!
This charming short story is a lovely addition to the story of Russell and Jenny from "The Nothing Girl." It is perhaps best understood if you read "The Nothing Girl" first. Otherwise you might just be a bit confused by the references to and, finally, the brief appearance of Thomas.
Love this story and the narrator does a terrific job.
"I do love Jodi Taylor"
This. This is a Christmas story. Not just in subject – a Christmas pageant and all its surrounds – but in the honest warmth and the quiet hum of those emotions that ought to be associated with Christmas: hope and joy. Sweet, funny, scary, droll, tense, witty, heartbreaking, hilarious – all the adjectives I have come to associate with Jodi Taylor, and another gorgeous narrator to add to my wishlist in Lucy Price-Lewis. No one can best Zara Ramm in narrating Ms. Taylor's work – but Ms. Price-Lewis matched her.
Dammit, Jodi Taylor, you made me cry at work. Again. You too, Lucy Price-Lewis. Oh, don't give me that "it's your own fault for listening at work" look – I listen to lots of things at work and very few make me cry. It's all on you two. Don't think I'll forget about this.
Quote that made me laugh and cry simultaneously: "I named her after you."
I can't wait till payday, when I can get my hands on Nothing Girl. I should have listened to that first – this was pure spoiler for that – but I'm fine with it.
"Love These Characters"
Short and sweet. Glad to get a little more time with these characters. A great dessert to the Nothing Girl.
"Super Sweet Short!"
Enjoyed this sweet short story about the "Nothing Girl" family & friends! I'm attached this quirky group and hope Ms. Taylor continues their story.
"Loved it - highly recommend "Little Donkey""
Loved The Nothing Girl - & since Jodi Taylor makes you fall in love with her characters , you are happy to know they are still going strong this short story . Hopefully Jody will be putting out another book soon .
Also the narrator, Lucy Price-Lewis was excellent - her voice has a wide range for not just many different female characters , but for excellent male roles as well.
"A donkey causes chaos at Christmas"
The Vicar really should have known better than to ask to borrow the donkey, Marilyn, from Frogmorton Farm for the Nativity Play.
Jenny Checkland did know it was a mistake, but what else could the Checklands say? The Nativity Play needed a donkey, and there wasn't another available, and Marilyn really is a very pretty little donkey. But this really does unleash chaos, on Frogmorton Farm, and on the parish.
It's the kind of chaos that's great fun to read about, if not so much to be in the midst of. Jenny and the rest of the Checklands are a delight, and there's even a touch of the fantastic thrown in.
The hour or so spent listening or reading won't be wasted!
I believe this was free on Audible when I downloaded it.
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