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The Gift

Narrated by: Mark Meadows
Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
4 out of 5 stars (257 ratings)
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Summary

Everyday Lou Suffern battled with the clock. He always had two places to be at the same time. He always had two things to do at once. When asleep he dreamed. In between dreams, he ran through the events of the day while making plans for the next. When at home with his wife and family, his mind was always someplace else.

On his way into work one early winter morning, Lou meets Gabe, a homeless man sitting outside the office building. Intrigued by him and on discovering that he could also be very useful to have around, Lou gets Gabe a job in the post room.

But soon Lou begins to regret helping Gabe. His very presence unsettles Lou and how does Gabe appear to be in two places at the same time?

As Christmas draws closer, Lou starts to understand the value of time. He sees what is truly important in life yet at the same time he learns the harshest lesson of all.

This is a story about people who not unlike parcels, hide secrets.They cover themselves in layers until the right person unwraps them and discovers what's inside. Sometimes you have to be unravelled in order to find out who you really are. For Lou Suffern, that took time.

©2008 HarperCollins Publishers (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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Thought provoking read

I loved it. It made you stop and re~evaluate life. Work life balance reminder. Invoking

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Enjoyable recommended read

Really enjoyable story that has a common thread of meaning for us all. So engrossed just kept on reading.
Highly recommend for a light hearted interesting story with a potent life message

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A warm Christmas story

A 'nice' sweet Christmas story but really.... Lou was a very unpleasant man who thought the world evolved around him , why should he have been any gift ? His wife , Ruth , was a clever , bright women who would have left him years ago .. have some respect women! If you want to listen to fluff ..go for it .
The story was well read and I enjoyed the readers telling but not for me

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Fabulous

Gripping and yet lovely. Reminder of precious tif time love and loved ones.
Well read. Great characters. Lives interwoven to good effect.

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  • Eliza
  • Findhorn, Scotland
  • 08-02-19

Great book

Brilliant narration made this thoroughly enjoyable! Lost half a day as I couldn't stop listening! 😊

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Not so much a Christmas cracker

I found this book slow to start and almost returned it but thankfully it got better and I did enjoy it . The story is a little old and probably a bit predictable but don’t let that put you off

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An unusual twisted tale

It was an unusual festive tale with strange twists. It has lessons to be learnt and I found it a bit miserable in parts. It was my first Cecelia Ahern book.

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Beautiful, emotional

Loved it. Made me laugh and cry. I couldn't put it down.
Important lesson for everyone

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Intriguing!

Would highly recommend. I purchased because it was a special offer, and found it an unusual tale with a story to tell. One I will remember often and take heed to its message.

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A thinking book!

I must admit that halfway through I was getting very annoyed with Lou and couldn’t really see where it was going, but stick with it the end or towards the end it gets better and better, and deep thinking is triggered!