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The Christmas Hirelings

Narrated by: Jennifer Saunders
Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,868 ratings)
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The meaning of Christmas
A holiday for the children
Sir John's troublesome bad mood
Excitement mounts on Christmas Eve
Wise words from Moppet

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  • The Christmas Hirelings
  • The meaning of Christmas
  • The Christmas Hirelings
  • A holiday for the children
  • The Christmas Hirelings
  • Sir John's troublesome bad mood
  • The Christmas Hirelings
  • Excitement mounts on Christmas Eve
  • The Christmas Hirelings
  • Wise words from Moppet

Summary

A heartwarming festive tale of redemption and cheer, The Christmas Hirelings is the story of a lonely widower who reluctantly invites a group of children to his manor for Christmas. It showcases the benefits of opening your doors and hearts during the holiday season. 

About the Book
First published in 1893, The Christmas Hirelings is a delightful short tale of compassion and redemption. With his sole surviving daughter Sybil estranged, and his wife passed away, there is a deficit of Christmas cheer in the near-vacant country mansion of Sir John Penlyon. In an attempt to improve the festive mood, Sir John’s good friend Mr Danby suggests that three children be 'hired' over the Christmas period in the hope of brightening the mood. After overcoming his initial reluctance, Sir John soon opens the doors of Penlyon Castle to Lassie, Laddie and little Moppet. Their arrival does more than signal the coming of Christmas however, as Sir John finds himself re-evaluating his past actions. 

About the Author
Mary Elizabeth Braddon was a popular English author who earned success in the Victorian era with her sensation novels. Born in London in 1835, she was raised by her mother Fanny after her parents’ separation. She began working as an actress as a teenager, but after eight years, and with declining popularity and waning interest, she instead turned to writing. Her prolific output resulted in over 80 novels, 150 short stories, as well as plays and articles. Braddon is best known for her novel Lady Audley’s Secret, which combined elements of the detective novel, the psychological thriller and the romantic comedy to become one of the most successful novels of the 19th century.

About the Narrator
Jennifer Saunders is a national comedy icon and a much loved TV star. She has a host of awards to her name including five BAFTA Awards, two International Emmy Awards and four British Comedy Awards, to name a few. She is most well known for her French and Saunders comedy duo, Absolutely Fabulous and her work with Comic Relief. Jennifer’s voice credits include Shrek 2, Minions, Stick Man, Sing and Moominvalley

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Loved it! What a wonderful Christmas tale.

I really enjoyed this heartwarming Christmas tale. Jennifer Saunders brings each character expertly to life.

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A gem!

Thank you Audible for this Christmas gift I really enjoyed it. Jen Saunders is one of the best narrators ever, so even better for that too. The subtle nuances and humour makes this a great listen and was delightful.

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Great Christmas Fare

Warm hearted story thoroughly enjoyable. Well told by J Saunders
Thank you to Audible and Merry Christmas

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exellent story

Loved it although you knew the end it was a lovely heartwarming story beautifully read

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Delightful.

A delightful Christmas story about an old man who, found wanting of Christmas spirit, takes up a friend's suggestion to hire some children for the Christmas holidays to inject some life and laughter into his quiet, lonesome world. What follows is a truly wonderful, albeit a little predictable, tale of the true meaning of Christmas. This was a free download on Audible and you would be a fool to miss out. It was an absolute pleasure to listen to this.

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A sweet story

It was a sweet story, if a little predictable. What made it wonderful was the telling.

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Charming Christmas Tale

There are no surpises here but this is a lovely Christmas tale to warm the heart and embue one with a jolly feeling.

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Ridiculous rubbish

A 4 year old child with the vocabulary of an adult??? I managed to get to chapter 5 but could stand no more.

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Very charming festive story!

This was an incredibly charming heartwarming story. Easy to listen to and over too quickly (in a good way). Jennifer Saunders was a perfect reader.

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Well read, ok story

It was a fine classic piece although predictable. Voice narration was excellent and overall I enjoyed it.

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