Title: Grumble Monkey and the Department Store Elf
Author: BG Thomas
Narrator: Donald Tursman
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Kit Jefferies, a part-time department store Christmas elf, is an artist who loves life and his family. Unfortunately, his car dies at a rest stop in the middle of nowhere as he is heading home for Christmas. Enter Nick St. George.
Nick is a very unhappy man—he’s achieved his professional goals only to find the rest of his life bleak and empty. Deciding there was only one way to make everything right, he is on his way to San Francisco on a dark mission, and even the horrible sleet storm that blocked his path won’t deter him. That’s when he found Kit.
At first, Nick is pretty sure rescuing Kit was a big mistake. Kit’s personality is just too, well, effervescent. But as the miles go by, Kit begins to bring light to his dark heart. It might even be bright enough to illuminate a Christmas miracle.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Advent Calendar package “Heartwarming”.
My View – Story:
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… okay so that is hard to believe since it is still at or near the triple digits where I live, but I am a sucker for Christmas stories, so you will start seeing reviews of Christmas stories on Prism.
Grumble Monkey and the Department Store Elf was first published as part of Dreamspinner Press’ 2013 Advent collection, Heartwarming. Grumble pairs jaded and posh Nick St George with fun, flamboyant and young Kit. They meet on Christmas Eve when Nick offers Kit a ride to his hometown after finding Kit with a broken down car.
Kit is sweet, innocent, and out and proud. Nick understand why someone would want to be out and proud. That could have something to do with being thrown out of his family a decade earlier for just such an infraction. He is a broken man. Despite Nick’s continual dour mood, Kit manages to worm his way under Nick’s prickly exterior.
Grumble Monkey is a sweet, almost syrupy, tale of love in unexpected faces and overcoming one’s demons to find a bright future.
My View – Narration:
Tursman does not do a bad job on the narration. He makes me feel the characters very well, and he is pleasant enough to listen to. However, there are a few things about the recording that nagged at me. First the recording seemed distant, like it was recorded in a tube. Secondly, there is some background noise the origin of which I couldn’t determine. I think it might have been from the narrator himself, but I won’t swear by that. I have heard better narrators and I have heard worse narrators.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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