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A Boy Called Christmas

By: Matt Haig
Narrated by: Stephen Fry
Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (800 ratings)
Regular price: £12.99
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Summary

You are about to listen to the true story of Father Christmas. It is a story that proves that nothing is impossible. If you are one of those people who believe that some things are impossible, you should put this book down right away. It is most certainly not for you. Because this audiobook is full of impossible things. Are you still reading? Good. Then let us begin....

A Boy Called Christmas is a tale of adventure, snow, kidnapping, elves, more snow, and an 11-year-old boy called Nikolas, who isn't afraid to believe in magic. From the winner of The Smarties Book Prize and the Blue Peter Book Award. With illustrations by Chris Mould.

©2015 Matt Haig (P)2016 Canongate Books

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  • 16-12-16

A lovely Christmas story

So how did Father Christmas get to be who we know today, this story answers that question. Suitable for pretty much any age. Youngsters will appreciate the flying reindeer who lives to pee on people and adults will love a well told, and well read, tale

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A christmas cracker

A wonderful story filled with adventure and humour. Stephen Fry's narration brings it to life too!

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A new Christmas tradition

Fabulous. This may become a Christmas tradition! Had all 4 of us hooked. (Parents as well as children.)

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Delightful

What a wonderful way to cheer up a dreary commute. The kid in me enjoyed every minute of this. Merry Christmas 😀

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Amazingly depressing!

What would have made A Boy Called Christmas better?

The story is really, really nasty. From the cover picture and some of the reviews i expected a nice fun Christmasey story but it's not at all. The whole thing is a series of really, REALLY depressing and actually upsetting events. Once I started listening I thought it might be like a fairy story which starts off sad but then gets happy as the protagonist meets new people but if anything it gets worse. I struggled through two thirds until I gave up.

What could Matt Haig have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Completely changed the story into what it looks like on the front cover and from the blurb. Obviously lots of reviewers liked the book and I can see that it's pretty well written but it should be better reflected in the cover and description. I definitely wouldn't have bought it if I had realised it was full of really horrible stuff.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I didn't enjoy it at all.

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Absolutely delightful

This was a fantastically told and performed children's story full of hope, magic and goodness. Highly recommended!

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The best Christmas story

It's brilliant. Everyone should listen to it. Warms your heart and reminds you what being human is really about.

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I enjoyed the story but it was a bit darker and weirder than I thought it'd be

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Lovely story for getting into the Christmas spirit

We listened as a family whilst travelling around doing christmassy things . We loved it and will definitely be listening to more from Matt Haig. Stephen Fry is wonderful as always.

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A Christmas gift for young and old

Please someone, make this book into a film. A future Christmas Classic. Superbly read by the great Mr Fry.

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  • Peter Darling
  • 22-01-19

This deserves a movie adaptation.

Of all the origin stories for this mythical figure that exist in movie form, none that I know of comes even close to this. This is original and creative, yet also believable. The characters and events are all down to earth and flow seemlessly but the story does not lack magic. It's just been blended in so well. If Father Christmas was real, this is how he likely would have become the magical figure we know. The relative realism made this such an enjoyable listen, as did the likeable, reasonably complex characters. The narrator is spot-on too. Great job he did.

I only wish he had googled how to pronounce the Finnish names--especially the town names. It got a bit distracting to one who knows how, and the correct pronounciation would be easy enough for those whose first language is english. I also think that in the wring the toilet humour was unnecessary and didn't really fit in, but fortunately there was only four points where that happened. But these flaws are not big enough to lose them stars.

Anyway, great job from the narrator and a heart-felt, creative story from the author. Matt Haig seems to be at his strongest as a children's author and able to make his stories engaging for adults too. I would listen to this again around Christmas.