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3.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 5 3.84 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Paul Evans Narrator: John Dossett Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9780743597296
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Saturday, three weeks before Christmas. James Kier looked back and forth between the newspaper headline and the photograph of himself, not sure if he should laugh or call his attorney. It was the same photograph the Tribune had used a couple of years earlier when they featured him on the front page of the business section. While the photograph was the same, the headlines could not have been more different. Not many people get to read their own obituary.

LOCAL REAL ESTATE MOGUL DIES IN AUTOMOBILE CRASH

Utah real estate developer James Kier was pronounced dead after his car collided with a concrete pylon on southbound I-80. Authorities believe Kier may have had a heart attack prior to swerving off the road.

Kier was the president of the Kier Company, one of the West’s largest real estate development firms. He was known as a fierce, oftentimes ruthless businessman. He once said “If you want to make friends, join a book club. It you want to make money, go into business. Only a fool confuses the two.”

Kier is survived by his son, James Kier II, and his wife, Sara.

Kier put the paper down. He had no idea what the article was about to set in motion.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Like his bestseller The Christmas Box, Richard Paul Evans’s novel exudes true holiday spirit.” 

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Dossett gives a heartfelt and stirring reading, with nostalgic shades of Capra's It’s a Wonderful Life.” 

    Publishers Weekly audio review

  • “It’s possible that Santa just won’t come if there isn’t a new Evans holiday tale in his bag…Sure to be a bestseller.” 

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Loraine | 2/1/2014

    " An inspiring Christmas story that will keep you riveted til the last word. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Staci | 1/16/2014

    " Bit distracting to have it set in a location that I am so familiar with. Found myself worried more about logistics than concentrating on the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy Spicer | 12/27/2013

    " A, a nice story for the holiday season. A modern day Scrooge gets a wake up call and makes amends for his poor behavior. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Academicsupport | 12/26/2013

    " Get out your tissues. This is a typical Evans book, but we all need a good cry every once in a while. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 12/26/2013

    " A quick read...just like his other Christmas books...WONDERFUL! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Athornton | 12/22/2013

    " If you are looking for a cute Christmas easy read this is it. I don't remember who suggested him as an author but the book can seriously be read in like 2-3 hours, even if you are a slow reader. It's the story of a man whose obituary is published while he is still alive and he reads the comments online that people post about him which show him to be heartless so he sets out to change people's opinion of him. You might need a few tissues at the end! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larene | 12/22/2013

    " I read this in a little over an hour, by the fire, a few weeks before christmas. can it get better than that? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonya Mertens | 12/19/2013

    " Your typical feel good Christmas story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 12/9/2013

    " I really didn't want to put this book down. I liked that the book was more realistic of the outcome of his list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 10/18/2013

    " I'm almost finished with this one. It's a modern day Christmas Carol type story. I like it quite a bit. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kris | 10/14/2013

    " I couldn't finish it. The character's transition from greedy and cruel to kind and wanting to make amends happened a little too quickly. It neede more substance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allyson | 9/30/2013

    " Oh my tear jerker! This was a good book- sweet, touching and really enjoyable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emsmith | 8/7/2013

    " I stayed up way too late finishing this quick read of a book. Enjoyed it but he does fail to mention that Jesus is the key to God's grace. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika | 5/31/2013

    " Short read but intriguing and meaningful! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane Levie | 11/2/2012

    " This was a good book to read during the Christmas season. A real tear jerker. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 10/11/2012

    " This was a good book about learning from mistakes and making things right. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffeny | 5/26/2012

    " For me, everything a Christmas story should be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Staff Favorites | 4/23/2012

    " Hillarious and touching all "wrapped up" in one book. --Daena "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie Cannon | 8/30/2011

    " I enjoyed reading this book very much. It was a retelling of a classic (A Christmas Carol) Christmas tale, but a good reminder to remember the legacy we are leaving as we leave it. It left me feeling all motivated to be a better person. A great read during the holiday season. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 8/24/2011

    " It was all right... a little too predictable. I've liked other Richard Paul Evans books a lot more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Bartlett | 6/2/2011

    " Heartwarming.... it gave me a lot to reflect on! Sort of a modern day "Christmas Carol". What will our legacy be? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Yvonne | 5/19/2011

    " I didn't expesially like this book. The beginning and the middle made me irritated and the end was overly sentimental. It has a nice message. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorine | 5/6/2011

    " Good book with an important message (usual for this author). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 3/19/2011

    " Good but very predictable and not very realistic. He has great books but this is not one of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robyn | 3/19/2011

    " I really liked the way he tells this story of ruthless, careless man who decides to try to make up for some of his wrongs. It's a terrific story of forgiveness and redemption and is realistic, in that, some of those hurt, he could not undo the hurt. Really good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lady | 3/9/2011

    " I love this book.. i'll be back soon. I will give a review about this one. but thumbs up.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Camala | 2/26/2011

    " So good love Richards books, cried at the end. A quick feel good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raquel | 2/18/2011

    " Muy linda historia. Yo diria que se trata mas bien de la voluntad y la perseverancia, mas que de si puede o no, cambiar una persona.Es una historia navidena que se puede leer en cualquier epoca del ano. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/12/2011

    " Although I don't think a lot of the author, I think many of his books, like this one, are really good. This one was a quick read, and it made me think of the kind of impact I leave on others. It's a great Christmas book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darrelyn | 2/7/2011

    " Loved this story. Makes me realize what is truly important in life. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Vicki | 2/6/2011

    " The book was like a bad Hallmark movie. Too unrealistic. I kept reading thinking that it would redeem itself, but it didn't. "

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

    " This was a fun Christmas story. Richard Paul Evans at his best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trudy | 2/1/2011

    " Book Club book. Light reading. Remake of Scrooge. If only it were that simple to change your life and the people's lives you have affected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 1/31/2011

    " Very good book! It reminded me a lot of the story of Scrooge. I'm glad he 'became good' so his dying wife could see that he was in there all along. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 1/30/2011

    " I really loved this book. A very interesting idea brought to a fast, easy read. It had a great message without being preachy. It also made me cry (not that that's hard, but...). :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nichole | 1/27/2011

    " Loved it. What an amazing story line and what it teaches about repentance and that it is never to late. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/25/2011

    " One of the ONLY books that has ever made me cry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keri | 1/16/2011

    " I loved this book! I loved the modern twist to A Christmas Carol and Scrooge. Very heart touching and thought provoking. "

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About the Author
Author Richard Paul Evans

Richard Paul Evans is the #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box. Each of his more than twenty novels has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list; there are more than seventeen million copies of his books in print. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages, and several have been international bestsellers. He is the winner of the American Mothers Book Award, two first place Storytelling World Awards for his children’s books, and the Romantic Times Best Women’s Novel of the Year Award. Evans received the Washington Times Humanitarian of the Century Award and the Volunteers of America National Empathy Award for his work helping abused children. He lives in Salt Lake City with his wife and their five children.