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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,142 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Paul Evans Narrator: Richard Thomas Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Christmas Box Trilogy Release Date: December 1995 ISBN: 9780743542814
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"Whatever the reason, I find that with each passing Christmas the story of the Christmas box is told less and needed more. So I record it now for all future generations to accept or dismiss, as seems them good. As for me, I believe. And it is, after all, my story."

So begins The Christmas Box, the touching story of a widow and the young family who moves in with her. Together they discover the first gift of Christmas and learn what Christmas is really about. The Christmas Box is a Christmas story unlike any other. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The true miracle of The Christmas Box is in the thousands of spirits it has lifted and the hearts it has healed.”

    Mary Higgins Clark

  • “The most popular holiday tale since Tiny Tim.”

    Newsweek

  • “This touching tale relates the meaning of Christmas in a profound but simple way…[The story] reminds the reader that the only way that we can genuinely love one another is by accepting the greatest gift of love ever given—that of a Father who ‘so loved His children that He sent His son, that we might someday return to Him.’”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “[A] cleverly told tale…revels in sentimentality.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Britta | 2/17/2014

    " I really enjoyed reading this series all together. It was such a good one to read during the Christmas season, but would be nice any time of the year. Be prepared to shed a tear or two, especially if you're a mom. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julaine Evans | 2/14/2014

    " This book is pretty depressing. It has a good message that we can change our lives no matter how terrible our choices may be. I don't want to cry for Christmas or the rest of the year so I would not suggest this story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 1/29/2014

    " This is a mildly entertaining book for the holidays. Not much substance and a bit melodramatic, but kind of nice to get into the Christmas spirit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise Scheets | 1/24/2014

    " Good story line and quick read. A good colection of books and maybe one that I would read again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mauressa | 1/20/2014

    " So, I borrowed this one from my Mom after Christmas, so I skipped 'The Christmas Box' and read 'Timepiece'. He is a very eloquent writer and it was a breath of fresh air to read an old fashioned romance. Sad, but lovely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 1/7/2014

    " This book made me cry. What a beautiful story. I have given this book as a gift to several friends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 1/5/2014

    " Wonderfully romantical tales for everyone/anyone to read at ANY occasion not just Christmas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 1/1/2014

    " All three books are based on the same characters. It's an easy read, intriguing stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jerri | 12/4/2013

    " Great read especially at Christmas time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendra | 11/15/2013

    " I don't know what took me so long to read these books, but I like them all. They're very touching. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelley Hart | 11/7/2013

    " Loved all 3. Hated to see them end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elizabeth | 10/30/2013

    " Ugh. Finally jumped ship after the second story. My only regret is that I didn't give up sooner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 10/13/2013

    " Sad story; good though. Great moral; every parent should read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dharma130 | 9/26/2013

    " Love his books...such a tearjerker. Couldn't put it down. His books are so inspiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia Solla | 9/23/2013

    " I think the cover of this book says it all. Three beloved classics in one heartwarming volume. I was truly moved by the stories of a family and an old woman who befriended them. The old woman leaves behind a legacy that is a tale in itself. I really enjoyed reading this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 8/1/2013

    " A heartwarming collection of books. Perfect for around the holidays! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janelle | 6/7/2013

    " One of my VERY favorites! Good to make you evaluate what is important in life! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/1/2013

    " I read it every December and it never disappoints! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby | 9/27/2012

    " i read this whole entire thing and bawled my eyes out. GREAT Christmas story.i give it 4 because it ended bad (in my opinion) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 8/31/2012

    " This collection was very enjoyable to read. It was very nice to read during the Christmas season, but may be enjoyed any time of the year because the message is continuous. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra Lewis | 2/28/2012

    " I liked this collection of stories so much I bought a copy so i can read it over and over. Its a must read for me every Christmas "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 10-11 Hannah | 12/13/2011

    " I really liked this boo I read it with my sixth grade lodge my teacher read it aloud.I give this book a four star rating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 11/13/2011

    " I liked the Christmas Box quite a bit for a sweet Christmas story. I was really drawn in, however I thought it lacked something for me. I wouldn't tell anyone not to read any of the books in this series. At the same time it wouldn't be a top recommendation either. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 10/2/2011

    " Our family is currently reading "The Christmas Box" together and it is wonderful to have them discover it for the first time. I love the two following stories which are sort of a prequel to "The Christmas Box." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alli | 8/4/2011

    " I like to read this series of books once a year. It is such a sweet and endearing story of love and loss and life. I love a sweet story that makes one shed sweet tears and this is one of them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 8/2/2011

    " I started reading these stories right after Thanksgiving. They really put me in a good mood. The story is very sweet and I enjoyed learning more about the characters as the story progressed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tom Kimball | 7/4/2011

    " This one was highly recommended but it's seems hard to start this in the middle of a Summer Heat Wave in Colorado! But I love the idea of this book... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morris Bradburn | 6/18/2011

    " Very moving stories, I would suggest it to my friends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 5/27/2011

    " This is a great story of people's kindness as well as forgiveness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 5/9/2011

    " Good touching story, though with a tad too much sap. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 4/27/2011

    " Easy read and enjoyable. A friend of mine met the author and got to interview him. she ws impressed and so I read the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 4/22/2011

    " A sweet story that became even sweeter after Richard Paul Evan bought my dessert one night when I was dining out with a friend. He couldn't have been a more charming man! This book makes a great Christmas gift! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Connie | 4/11/2011

    " There was no character development (there were <90 pgs.) and I could not connect with the characters. The writing was not descriptive and was simply horrible. The message was good, but poorly relayed. Though it is a short book I wouldn't bother. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dad | 3/25/2011

    " This is an interesting story and I liked it. It shows a lot of love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 2/24/2011

    " Read this around Christmas. Got as a gift. It was a quick read with a great message of love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trina | 2/24/2011

    " Read this book in one setting and cried my eyes. Definitely a reality check at the end of the day! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 2/15/2011

    " I read many of this author's books year ago. They are quick and entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jwolfe5 | 2/14/2011

    " given to me 10 years ago by Kim Pierson. Just decided to read over Christmas (bathroom book). It was ok "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 1/26/2011

    " Loved it. Enjoyed reading it during the holidays. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Byron | 1/18/2011

    " Good read during the Christmas season; probably read it every year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kylene | 1/17/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. It really helps one focus on the true meaning of Christmas. I even bought a copy for my parents one year! "

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About the Author
Author Richard Paul EvansRichard Paul Evans is the #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box. Each of his more than thirty novels has been a New York Times bestseller. There are more than thirty million copies of his books in print worldwide, translated into more than twenty-four languages. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Mothers Book Award, the Romantic Times Best Women’s Novel of the Year Award, the German Audience Gold Award for Romance, two Religion Communicators Council Wilbur Awards, the Washington Times Humanitarian of the Century Award and the Volunteers of America National Empathy Award. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife, Keri, and their five children. You can learn more about Richard on Facebook at Facebook.com/RPEFans, or visit his website, RichardPaulEvans.com.
About the Narrator
Richard Thomas is one of America's most highly gifted, versatile, and respected actors.  A veteran of over forty years in entertainment, he is renowned for his Emmy Award-winning portrayal of John-Boy on The Waltons and has appeared in dozens of television movies, feature films, and theatrical productions.  His recent works include Taking Woodstock, Wild Hearts, Annie's Point, and the role of Hamilton Whitney III on the series Just Cause.  Richard's audiobook credits include a wide range from the inspirational books Selections from a Course in Miracles and Chop Wood, Carry Water to Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome and Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals.