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2.99997558842819 out of 52.99997558842819 out of 52.99997558842819 out of 52.99997558842819 out of 52.99997558842819 out of 5 3.00 (27,446 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Grisham Narrator: Dennis Boutsikaris Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2001 ISBN: 9780553755503
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Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That’s just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they’ll skip the holiday altogether. Theirs will be the only house on Hemlock Street without a rooftop Frosty; they won’t be hosting their annual Christmas Eve bash; they aren’t even going to have a tree. They won’t need one, because come December 25 they’re setting sail on a Caribbean cruise. But, as this weary couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings enormous consequences–and isn’t half as easy as they’d imagined.

A classic tale for modern times, Skipping Christmas offers a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that have become part of our holiday tradition.


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Quotes & Awards

  • Grisham may well be the best American storyteller writing today. The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Grisham is an absolute master. The Washington Post
  • Never let it be said this man doesn’t know how to spin a good yarn. Entertainment Weekly
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2.333333 out of 52.333333 out of 52.333333 out of 52.333333 out of 52.333333 out of 5 Audiobook Lover | 12/3/2016

    " This is so pathetic and one note and more of a statement of Grisham's view on his stupid neighbors. Or he thinks 'all' Americans would react and act like the small minded neighbors in this book. It's so sophomoric and crude it is insulting to have the Grisham name on it. DON'T BUY THIS BOOK! It's really as bad as I 'm writing here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynann | 2/20/2014

    " It was a cute quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 2/15/2014

    " Very funny and perceptive "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhonda | 2/13/2014

    " A very slight, mildly entertaining book that I completed in two sittings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mindy | 1/28/2014

    " This was definitely a fun read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan Waits | 1/26/2014

    " the book is WAY better than the movie...loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Etta | 1/21/2014

    " Very fun read for book group this week. Quite a contrast in writing style from our other choice, Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle Corley | 1/19/2014

    " I found this book hilarious! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sylvia | 1/19/2014

    " This book so hilarious! I really loved it. I read this book several years ago and gave it to my dad as entertainment for the Holiday's. He loved it too. A must read. I could relate to most all of it. Great book. And to think that it came from the mind of John Grisham is just unbelievable. I take him to be such a serious writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Juliana Jura | 12/20/2013

    " An amusing Christmas romp! Lightweight but fun to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ★Meghan★ | 12/17/2013

    " I probably would have given this book a 5 star if the narrator had been any better. This book is absolutely hilarious and is a great way to get you in the mood for Christmas! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna Ippoliti | 11/9/2013

    " What a funny book...the outcome ended up what I hoped for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 aobibliophileâ„¢ | 10/11/2013

    " i have read some Grisham before but this one took me by surprise. it was funny and a quick read about "the mindless capitalism" of Christmas and the consequences of skipping it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney | 9/2/2013

    " Loved it. I love the movie (yes, it's cheesy and has some terrible writing and terrible acting by some of my favorite actors), and I loved the book. I love Christmas. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Richard Pittman | 8/31/2013

    " Every character is a terrible person. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 angel_eyes_2nite | 8/30/2013

    " A heartwarming story. Just right for the season. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael J. Bourgault | 6/22/2013

    " Absolutely LOVED this book. My wife & I even pick up on the premise of following the "Kranks" and did just what they did only we spent Christmas in New York City and had one of our best vacations/Holidays since we got married! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 2/24/2013

    " When their daughter joins the Peace Corps, a couple decides to skip Christmas and go on a cruise, much to their friends' and neighbors' dismay. Very humorous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ingrid | 10/29/2012

    " I read this book many years ago. I enjoyed the humor and found it a great little read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patsy | 9/24/2012

    " Saw movie didn't know it was taken from this book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 8/24/2012

    " Silly, but cute. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 7/31/2012

    " I enjoyed this book. When one couple tries to skip Christmas, they find that Christmas comes to them in the form of caring neighbors, friends and family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 5/21/2012

    " Good bit of fluff...quick read. Funny and laugh out loud in parts. Not what I'd call a great book, but definitely good humored and light-hearted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iola | 4/23/2012

    " I loved this book, it made me happy and smile a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fred Lodder | 2/12/2012

    " Good idea! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephanie Corbett | 1/24/2012

    " Not sure what all the brouhaha was about... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yosef Shapiro | 10/19/2011

    " A very funny book and also a pretty good movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 7/28/2011

    " Fun Christmas read - MUCH better than the knock-off movie "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jay Jani | 7/2/2011

    " Very promising start that leads to an extremely mediocre ending..... not much humour, just baseless & directionless story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cactuskid2 | 5/21/2011

    " Story of the Kranks - a movie was made about them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mrs. Tolbert | 5/20/2011

    " Better than the movie ( Christmas with the Kranks but not my favorite Grisham novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail | 4/24/2011

    " This is one of my most favorite short stories. It brings to light all that a typical American Christmas involves and questions its worth.
    John Grisham knows how to tell a story! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jason | 4/11/2011

    " fun little book. nothing to fancy. good perspective on the holidays. would recommend to anybody who wants a light humored short novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 4/3/2011

    " Grisham hits all the "bad" things about our modern Christmas observation. Too bad the movie version of this book was so terrible. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Summerfly | 4/1/2011

    " Read this at the (persistent badgering) recommendation of the hubster. Nice twist at the end with the gifting, but over all I had to keep asking him if it was going to get better/there was a point. Struggled to finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 3/31/2011

    " Sad to admit this since i am a HUGE Grisham fan but i didnt totally love this. Something about the descriptions felt forced. Movie was better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 3/21/2011

    " I read this book way before the movie ever debuted. What can I say--the book is much better than the movie. The story shows how Christmas has become commercialized, but it also shows humanity at its best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 3/17/2011

    " I laughed and laughed and laughed. It showed how rediculous all the fanfare of Christmas can be. Don't get me wrong, I love it, and I love the beauty and decorations and music, but the cleverness he
    used in writing this was priceless. I've heard they made a movie, I'll have to find it. "

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About the Author
Author John Grisham

John Grisham, whose name has become synonymous with the modern legal thriller, used to work sixty to seventy hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi, law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby—writing his first novel. When finally published, A Time to Kill met with little success, but when he sold the film rights to The Firm to Paramount Pictures, Grisham suddenly became a hot property among publishers. Spending forty-seven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, The Firm became the bestselling novel of 1991. The successes of The Pelican Brief, which hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list, and The Client, which debuted at number one, confirmed Grisham’s reputation as the master of the legal thriller. His success even renewed interest in A Time to Kill, which was then republished. This time around, it was a bestseller. Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year, and all of them have become international bestsellers. There are currently over 275 million John Grisham books in print worldwide, which have been translated into forty languages. Nine of his novels have been turned into films, as was an original screenplay, The Gingerbread Man. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.

About the Narrator

Dennis Boutsikaris has won two Obie Awards, one for his performance in Sight Unseen, and played Mozart in Amadeus on Broadway. Among his films are W.Batteries Not Included, The Dream Team, and Boys on the Side. He is a recipient of both Audie and Earphones Awards and has read over 140 audiobooks.