A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2012 Advent Calendar package “Evergreen”.
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By Heather on 09-11-14
Cute story but not amazing
A very sweet holiday story... but was I the only one that thought Noel should have done way more groveling?
I love holiday stories. Little seasonal tales of love and forgiveness never fail to put a smile on my face.
This was a really cute audiobook about two North Pole workers. I was actually pretty impressed at the amount of world building involved in this story. This wasn't just a bunch of elves and Santa in the North Pole. There was a whole class system, a more sinister underbelly, and a police-type force in this fictional world. I enjoyed the whole light tone of the story, made even better by a very nice narration from Dave Gillies.
My small issues with the story came with Noel's behavior. I thought that he was grumpy and juvenile to the point where I didn't see Tim's attraction to him at all. I wanted more emotion and more begging for forgiveness from Noel. I also thought that Tim was a bit of a wet noodle. He sort of took everything that Noel dished out and didn't have much of a backbone.
Though the relationship dynamic between the two of them wasn't the strongest, I was still swept away by the story. It was fun escapism and a very nice way to spend an hour or two. It was a cheery listen and just right for the beginning of the holiday season.
**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
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By Tams (TTC Books and more) on 12-12-15
Fun Holiday story!
Would you consider the audio edition of Mending Noel to be better than the print version?
I never read the print, I quite liked the audio though.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Tim, he was bound and determined not to be miserable, though Noel gave it a valiant effort to make sure he was most of the time.
Which character – as performed by Dave Gillies – was your favorite?
All of them, I loved all the different characters and what they brought to the story.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It did leave a smile on my face.
Any additional comments?
Mending Noel is a Christmas tale with a fun twist. All your favorite characters like Jack Frost, Rudy, the elves and toy soldiers are people in this version. North Pole City isn't all presents, pretty little elves filling Santa's sleigh and parties with spiked egg nog. Jack Frost is the closeted Prince in a hidden long term relationship with the fastest flyer in the land, Rudy Reindeer. When a couple of residents, Tim and Noel, stumble upon some traitors to the City that seem to be working with the Mouse King, they inadvertently bring Jack and Rudy in on their trouble. The four of them will have to set their differences aside and work together if they are going to save North Pole City from the Mouse King. And more importantly, mend two relationships, one broken, and one bent.
I had so much fun listening to this crazy tale, written by Charlie Cochet and brought to life with Dave Gillies voice. I've always thought that Gillies voice was jolly, upbeat and energetic and all that came through crisply in the story. The twist on the classic tale was odd, but I found myself completely engrossed in the story about five minutes in. I especially enjoyed the little game of cat and MOUSE at the end. See what I did there?
Perfect little Holiday story, well written and well conveyed by Dave Gillies. Left a smile on my face, and I can't wait to start the next story in this fun Christmas themed series.
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