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3.78 out of 53.78 out of 53.78 out of 53.78 out of 53.78 out of 5 3.78 (9 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Greg Kincaid Narrator: Mark Bramhall Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN: 9781455199549
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In this heartwarming novel, Greg Kincaid, the bestselling author of A Dog Named Christmas, revisits the early life of one of that book’s protagonists and brings us a holiday tale of redemption, hope and forgiveness.

It’s 1962, and as Christmas approaches so does one of the worst snow and ice storms in Kansas history. Without utilities and emergency services, it is a dangerous time for the residents of Cherokee County. For the McCray family, it is even worse. Big Bo McCray is the county road maintainer, and it is his duty to keep the roads clear—but all tasks seem more difficult to Bo and his wife Cora due to the recent death of their only son, John.

Losses begin to pile up for the family like the snow on their rural roads. John’s wife and two daughters move off the McCray family farm and return to Minnesota, leaving the youngest member of the family, twelve-year-old George, behind with his grandparents. Young George has been hit hard by his father’s death and hangs on to the farm, the only thing left to connect him to his father. As George retreats into his grief, Bo and Cora’s focus shifts to their struggling grandson. Then, when an alcoholic neighbor does a stint in the county jail, someone must care for his dog, Tucker, an Irish Setter. Tucker comes to the McCrays with his own pain yet learns to trust George as boy and dog form a bond that helps George begin to deal with his grief and helps him take the first steps into manhood.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This simple but strong story celebrates the beauty of everyday things, the power of love and humility, the singular grace that is a good dog, and the mysterious ability of that grace to transform the human heart. A perfect Christmas read.”

    Dean Koontz

  • “I don’t own a dog—but after reading this book, I have an irresistible urge to go out and get one. Christmas with Tucker is simply that poignant and lovely.”

    A. J. Jacobs

  • “It was the bleakest of Christmas seasons that year: blizzards followed by ice paralyzed the entire county. No one would have blamed the thirteen-year-old boy for taking the easy way out, or expected the aged grandfather to single-handedly pull off a miracle. Stirred into author Greg Kincaid’s wondrous crucible are an empathetic grandmother, a sorrowing mother, a shy earliteen girl, a sodden alcoholic neighbor–oh yes, and an Irish setter named Tucker, with a heart filled with love for all of them. Taken all together: a Christmas story for the ages!”

    Joseph Wheeler, editor/compiler of the bestselling Christmas in My Heart story anthologies

  • “Cute, hopeful, and residing on the safe side of saccharine, this heartwarming…tale should appeal especially to younger readers.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynde | 5/9/2011

    " If you love dogs this is a must read!It is a beautiful book a joy to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 2/16/2011

    " I wish I could give it 3.5 stars. It was sweet. I found the writing a bit tedious at times and felt that the constant explanations of life lessons were unnecessary, but it was sweet and at times truly touching. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 2/5/2011

    " Am enjoying this book. It makes me think of my growing up on the farm...we always had a dog. Makes me miss my dad and grandparents! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 1/27/2011

    " Enjoyable. I could relate to farm life in the early 1960's. Always enjoy a book with a dog. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeannie | 1/22/2011

    " Great book with a happy ending. Sometimes I just like these old fashioned heart warming stories. Reminds me of when I lived on the farm with my mom and dad.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 1/4/2011

    " A sweet feel-good story, although not what I expected. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire | 1/3/2011

    " A good Christmas story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clocklin | 12/28/2010

    " I enjoyed this book. A story about a boy growing up, after the death of his father. He lives on a dairy farm in Kansas, with his grandparents, & receives comfort from a Irish Setter (Tucker). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 12/23/2010

    " Not enough about the dog....too much about the farm life..tractor, the maintainer.....truthfully, a perfect book for my 12 year old son. He would really enjoy the farm life details....or someone who grew up in the 50s/60s on the farm. Nice message though. "

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About the Author

Greg KincaidNew York Times bestselling author of A Dog Named Christmas and Christmas with Tucker, is a practicing lawyer in Kansas who helped start the Changing Lives through Literature program and has served as the chairman of the Optimist Oratory Contest for the last seven years. The father of five children, he lives on a farm in western Johnson County, Kansas, with his wife and two dogs.

About the Narrator

Mark Bramhall has won eighteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been a finalist for the Audiobook Publishers Association’s prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has been named by Publishers Weekly and AudioFile magazine among their “Best Voices of the Year” in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. He is also an award-winning actor whose acting credits include off-Broadway, regional, and many Los Angeles venues as well as television, animation, and feature films. He has taught and directed at the American Academy of Dramatic Art.