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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ken Harmon Narrator: Johnny Heller Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9781400189861
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Fired from his longtime job as captain of the Coal Patrol, two-foot-three-inch 1,300-year-old elf Gumdrop Coal is angry. He's one of Santa's original elves, inspired by the fat man's vision to bring joy to children on that one special day each year. But somewhere along the way things went sour for Gumdrop. Maybe it was delivering one too many lumps of coal for the Naughty List. Maybe it's the conspiracy against Christmas that he's starting to sense down every chimney. Either way, North Pole disillusionment is nothing new: Some elves brood with a bottle of nog, trying to forget their own wish list. Some get better. Some get bitter. Gumdrop Coal wants revenge. Justice is the only thing he knows, and so he decides to give a serious wakeup call to parents who can't keep their vile offspring from landing on the Naughty List. But when one parent winds up dead, his eye shot out with a Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model BB gun, Gumdrop Coal must learn who framed him and why. Along the way he'll escape the life-sucking plants of the Mistletoe Forest, battle the infamous Tannenbomb Giant, and survive a close encounter with twelve very angry drummers and their violent friends. The horrible truth lurking behind the gingerbread doors of Kringle Town could spell the end of Christmas-and of the fat man himself. Holly Jolly! Download and start listening now!


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  • I must have made the nice list this year, because Santa brought me Ken Harmon's The Fat Man. I double-dog dare you not to laugh. Steve Hockensmith, author of the Holmes on the Range series
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About the Author

Ken Harmon is an advertising copywriter who has authored everything from headlines to brochures to on-hold messages (yes, he’s the one). He studied English at Lenoir-Rhyne College and spent his early years in front of old movies where tough guys and smoldering dames dished a blue-plate-special of banter with a side of innuendo. Since that kind of talk was frowned upon in corporate meetings, with other parents at t-ball, and especially at the DMV, Harmon decided to create worlds where wry heroes liked their rye, redheads and rubbing out rubes. The result is two detective parodies—The Fat Man: A Tale of North Pole Noir and Alas, Pulp Yorick: The Jester’s Hat Always Ringeth Twice.

About the Narrator

Johnny Heller, a two-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award, was named a top voice of 2008 and 2009 and selected as one of the Top 50 Narrators of the Twentieth Century by AudioFile magazine. His adult and children’s book narrations have earned him thirty-five AudioFile Earphones Awards.