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The audiobook edition of a rare story David Morrell wrote to give to his friends at Christmas is finally available. Featuring a foreword by the author, this is a novella that has different meanings, depending if you're a child or an adult. It's about the poignant friendship between Father Christmas, who lives a hundred years before being replaced, and Father Time, who lives only a single year before being replaced. Each year, Santa sees a version of his friend grow old and die. Now it's Santa's turn, but he's having trouble finding a replacement, and if he doesn't succeed, there'll be no one to take care of the infant Father Time, and time itself will stop.

©1983 David Morrell (P)2019 Encyclopocalypse Publications

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  • 19-07-20

Nice and gentle.

A pleasant, and gentle story which can be enjoyed every year, as part of Christmas or not.

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  • MaryLou Hoffman
  • 18-01-20

MAKE IT A TRADITION

THE HUNDRED-YEAR CHRISTMAS is a stand-alone short holiday fantasy story.

The forward is about 1/3 of the 55 minutes of the recording. Don’t skip it (at least the first time you listen to it); it’s worth knowing the background of this story.

This is a story that reminds us (once again) that Christmas is more about giving than receiving, that the love should be embodied all year round, and that Christmas and New Year are more than days on the calendar.

I intend to make this an annual listen.

Narration: The narrator, Owen Moogan, does a superb job of presenting the story. He brings the magic of Christmas and Santa’s dilemma to life.

Note: While I received this book as a gifted audiobook copy via freeaudiobookpromocodes, my opinions are my own and are given freely.

Title: THE HUNDRED-YEAR CHRISTMAS
Series: N/A
Category /Genre: Fantasy, Christmas
Recommended for: all ages
Listenability: OK for ears
Received from: David Morrell (as an Audible gifted copy)

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  • Jess H.
  • 17-01-20

awesome story

Awesome story and narration. Definitely worth listening too. Very short. Long intro from author.

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  • Justin J
  • 12-05-21

A Short and Sweet Little Story

A nice little fireside tale about Santa Clause, Father Time, and the importance of responsibility. Learn through the whimsical writings of David Morell and the soothing voice of Owen Morgan why Christmas is not just the time for receiving but giving as well.

Fair warning, The foreword in of itself is around 20 minutes long. don't miss it if you want to learn more about why the story was made and what was behind it's making.

I do recommend this Christmas tale for those gatherings with family and friends. A nice cup of milk and a warm blanket to snuggle is also recommended when listening to this!

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  • Red and Orange Baliyo USA
  • 14-02-21

A Great Christmas Story

The narration is great and I really loved this twist on Santa Claus. I recommend giving this audiobook a listen to especially during the Holidays. It's my new favorite Christmas story.

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  • C
  • 03-02-21

Thoroughly enjoyed it!

This is another great listen for the family. Would recommend listening during your down time or during a small task that doesn’t need your full attention. The story has some great beats and a good overall message.

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  • grey
  • 21-12-20

May make this a tradition

It has a spoken message, but I felt the deeper message was unspoken and left to the reader to glean. Religious or not, I feel this story will appeal to all types of folks, the older the better.

Narration was just right.

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  • Eve
  • 01-07-20

Great 'By The Fire' Story

Admittedly I wasn't expecting for the introduction to be long, but I think it adds a nice context going into the narrative. Morrell conjures a charming little story world full of lessons and sweet interactions between Father Time and Santa. Their vulnerability, respect, and trust is very heartwarming to hear, such as when they kiss one another's cheeks when bidding Father Time farewell the first time. I also love the sunset imagery. In that particular moment, the visualization of turning crimson to pink to an ominous dark color adds a nice touch of symbolism.

It's a nice listen for kids to show them the importance of responsibility and benevolence, while conversely showcasing the repercussions of an increasingly nihilistic and selfish modernity. Yet, it's also nice for adults as well to resurface a sense of hope and optimism in an increasingly tough world. Would recommend highly!

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  • Miguel
  • 02-06-20

Pretty Good

Lowkey was caught off guard by the long foreword, but listening to it all was well worth it to get the backstory of the story and what went in to bringing it about. Highly recommend listening to the full foreword if this your first time listening to this audiobook.
Overall I highly recommend this book.

As for the actual story, I really enjoyed this story. I really liked the way the 'Santa' role is passed down and his friendship with Father Time. I also love the interactions between the father telling the story and his children, Mr. Moogan did a great job conveying the conversation.
I also liked the imagery of Father Time and Santa walking up the hill. Was really well done and engaging, and further enhanced by Mr. Moogan's narration.

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  • Mad Max Reviews
  • 19-02-20

New Christmas Tradition, from the author of Rambo!

From the author of Rambo: First Blood….comes a heartwarming story of Santa that David Morell wrote for his kids. This will definitely become a Christmas tradition listen. Wonderfully narrated by Owen Moogan and presented by Encyclopocalypse Publications.