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Author: John Grisham Narrator: Dennis Boutsikaris Publisher: Random House Audio Audio Length: Release Date: November 2001 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780553755503

Publisher Description

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

  • Never let it be said this man doesn’t know how to spin a good yarn.

    - Entertainment Weekly
  • Grisham is an absolute master.

    - The Washington Post
  • Grisham may well be the best American storyteller writing today.

    - The Philadelphia Inquirer

Awards

  • A #1 New York Times bestseller

Customer Reviews

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  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Narration Rating: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Story Rating: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Audiobook Lover, 12/3/2016
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " It was a cute quick read. "

    - Lynann, 2/20/2014
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    " Very funny and perceptive "

    - Diane, 2/15/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    - Rhonda, 2/13/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This was definitely a fun read! "

    - Mindy, 1/28/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    - Dan, 1/26/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    - Mary, 1/21/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I found this book hilarious! "

    - Michelle, 1/19/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Sylvia, 1/19/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    - Juliana, 12/20/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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! "

    - ★Meghan★, 12/17/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    - Donna, 11/9/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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! "

    - aobibliophileâ„¢, 10/11/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Courtney, 9/2/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Every character is a terrible person. "

    - Richard, 8/31/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    - angel_eyes_2nite, 8/30/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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! "

    - Michael, 6/22/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Linda, 2/24/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    - Ingrid, 10/29/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    - Patsy, 9/24/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Silly, but cute. "

    - Kate, 8/24/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Brenda, 7/31/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Nancy, 5/21/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    - Iola, 4/23/2012
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    " Good idea! "

    - Fred, 2/12/2012
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

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

    - Stephanie, 1/24/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    - Yosef, 10/19/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    - Peter, 7/28/2011
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

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

    - Jay, 7/2/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    - Cactuskid2, 5/21/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

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

    - Mrs., 5/20/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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! "

    - Gail, 4/24/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

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

    - Jason, 4/11/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    - Sharon, 4/3/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Summerfly, 4/1/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Michelle, 3/31/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Molly, 3/21/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Carol, 3/17/2011

About the Author

John Grisham is the author of more than thirty-five novels, one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and seven novels for young readers. Thirty-three of his crime thrillers have made the #1 spot on the New York Times bestsellers list

About the Narrator

Dennis Boutsikaris is a two-time OBIE award winner. He has received five Audie Awards and seven Golden Earphone Awards for his work in over 100 audiobooks and was voted one of the Best Voices of the Year by AudioFile magazine. He has appeared in numerous Broadway, television, and film roles. He played Mozart on Broadway in Amadeus and has appeared on television shows including Shameless, The Good Wife, House M.D., Grey’s Anatomy, ER, and Law & Order.