• Snow Globe

  • By: LE Franks
  • Narrated by: Dave Gillies
  • Length: 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-11-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (3 ratings)


Kris Hamilton escaped the rat race in LA to live his dream of owning an art studio and making snow globes in a Christmas-themed town in northern Minnesota. But life in a tiny town isn't as peaceful as advertised, and being treated like an outsider is making Kris’s Tourette's flare up. When he inadvertently offends Tyr Tollefson - a beautiful blond giant of a man - Kris is ready to chuck it all. But he strikes up an unlikely friendship with Tyr's cousin Bun, who shows them the magic of Christmas and gives them both a lesson in love and acceptance.
©2013 L E Franks (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
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4 out of 5 stars
By IAN on 03-12-15

A lovely Christmas novella

Would you consider the audio edition of Snow Globe to be better than the print version?
Yes...and no. I love audiobooks, as I can do jobs while listening. But with this audiobook there didn't seem to any breaks in the reading, so it jumped around a lot, which you would see the breaks in the chapters in a printed format.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Snow Globe?
Bun opening her Christmas present from Kris.

Which scene did you most enjoy?
Kris's go at the town's top brass.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Any additional comments?
I listen to the audio format of this book & loved the storyline, characters and reader. I feel that the story could have been fleshed out more and longer. I found the story seemed to jump around a lot, not giving you time to pause and reflect on what's going on, but otherwise a great listen which I have now listen to a second time and still enjoyed it. 24/08/18

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3 out of 5 stars
By Heather on 10-12-14

Cute but I had issues

I'm a sucker for a man with a disability, especially a verbal sort of disability like our MC in this story.

Kris has form of Tourette's where he says adjectives out loud about whatever he is thinking. It was pretty fascinating to read about, and as the sister of a stutterer, I immediately connected to the MC. I really enjoyed the first part of the story. It was Christmas-y, touching, and just gave me the warm fuzzies inside! I was melting hard and fast for this story.

But then... it sort of lost me. I starting to have some issues with POV changes and then their relationship took off at lightening speed. I wasn't quite on board with it, and when the drama started up, I started to disconnect from the story.

Another issue that I had was with the audiobook. Now, the narrator has a great speaking voice, to be sure, but he is clearly not American. I kept rereading the blurb and re-listening to parts of the book, waiting to see if this book was secretly taking place in Scotland and the blurb and the story just didn't get the memo. At least, I think it was a Scottish accent... Anyway, it was distracting because it wasn't what I pictured for that locale and those characters. Also, I could have used a bit more vocal differentiation between the MCs. I found the dialog hard to follow at times because the two guys sounded alike to me.

A cute Christmas story that had the potential to be more.

**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tams (TTC Books and more) on 09-12-14

Short Holiday themed story.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would. It's short and romantic and quite descriptive for so few pages.

What did you like best about this story?

The way Kris kind of communicated through his Tourettes. Saying things he otherwise wouldn't have said out loud.

Have you listened to any of Dave Gillies’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not, but I want more!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me smile!

Any additional comments?

Kris Hamilton turned his online snow globe making business into something full time, buying into a store in Minnesota and moving his life across country. Only to be ceremoniously ostracized by his neighbors because he is different. Kris is tall, thin and has the appearance of an Anime character come to life, he’s gay and he has Tourettes. Any one of these characteristics would be frowned upon in this straight laced Midwestern town, but Kris seems to have nailed the trifecta.

When Tyr Tollefson and his niece stumble into Kris’s store and are witness to a full on episode, Tyr gets the wrong impression. But Kris’s personality shines when he starts to get to know Try and Bun, and Tyr learns the real reason behind Kris’s outbursts. While Kris is unable to control what comes out of his mouth most of the time, his outbursts serve to bring him and Tyr closer together as an odd form of communication. But inexperience and a town full of judgemental people threatens to drive a wedge between them.

This was a super short Christmas themed story. I was surprised at just how much content was given for a book just shy of an hour in length. I loved the detailed descriptive of the town, Kris’s work and Kris and Tyr’s appearance overall. I seriously had a visual of these two men and where they lived just by the words used for them. This was my first LE Franks book as well as my first Dave Gillies audible, it will not be the last for either of the afore mentioned! What a great collaboration of written word and the translation of them.

Definitely a must read for any fans of the genre that are looking for a heartfelt, romantic read for the Holiday. Again, it is very reasonably priced in both Audio and E-book, cheap enough in fact, this would be a great option for gifting as well.

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