Audio Review: Skipping Christmas by John Grisham (Author) & Dennis Boutsikaris (Narrator)

Friday, December 6, 2019

Title: Skipping Christmas 

Series: Stand-Alone

Author: John Grisham

Narrator:  Dennis Boutsikaris

Genre: Adult, Fiction, Holiday < Christmas, Humor

Publication Date:  November 6th, 2001 by RH Audio

Format: Audiobook

Source: Library Overdrive


Four CDs, 4 hrs. unabridged
Read by Dennis Boutsikaris

Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That’s just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they’ll skip the holiday altogether. Theirs will be the only house on Hemlock Street without a rooftop Frosty; they won’t be hosting their annual Christmas Eve bash; they aren’t even going to have a tree. They won’t need one, because come December 25 they’re setting sail on a Caribbean cruise. But, as this weary couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings enormous consequences–and isn’t half as easy as they’d imagined.

A classic tale for modern times, Skipping Christmas offers a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that have become part of our holiday tradition.

I was looking through overdrive on my phone to see if it had any Christmas audiobooks available so I can listen to the audio while I was at the gym exercising last month. Because I was so in the Christmas and Holiday spirit in November because of my family real-life issues were getting a little rough at the beginning of November. I wanted to listen to an audiobook that left a little more my Christmas and Holiday spirit, and I was so surprised when I saw skipping Christmas was available on overdrive.

 Because the audiobook for Skipping Christmas on overdrive is always not available during the Christmas and Holiday season so of course, I borrowed the audiobook quickly on overdrive. I know Skipping Christmas has a lot of mix reviews and some readers didn't enjoy or love this book for understanding reasons.

 But I enjoyed and loved listening to Skipping Christmas on audio which to me was a much better way for me to read this book.  Skipping Christmas is a quick and short book to listen to and Luther Krank is an unlikeable character which if you know me by now I don't mind reading unlikeable characters and Nora Krank is an annoying character as well. But I thought that both Luther and Nora Krank's characterization adds to the plotline and storyline amazing well which I loved and enjoyed reading in Skipping Christmas.  The narrator Dennis Boutsikaris did an amazing job I thought he did the characters voices fantastic that I so enjoyed listening to the different voices that he was doing in this book.

His narration brought out each character in Skipping Christmas that made me love this book more. All and all I know Skipping Christmas is not for every reader and that is ok but I really love and enjoy it so much that this book got me more excited and ready for Christmas and uplift my Christmas spirit more. I am so glad that I got the chance to read Skipping Christmas on overdrive that I can't wait to read more Christmas books this month in December.

John Grisham (Author)

"Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, he was working 60-70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby—writing his first novel.

Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player. Realizing he didn't have the right stuff for a pro career, he shifted gears and majored in accounting at Mississippi State University. After graduating from law school at Ole Miss in 1981, he went on to practice law for nearly a decade in Southaven, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigation. In 1983, he was elected to the state House of Representatives and served until 1990.

One day at the DeSoto County courthouse, Grisham overheard the harrowing testimony of a twelve-year-old rape victim and was inspired to start a novel exploring what would have happened if the girl's father had murdered her assailants. Getting up at 5 a.m. every day to get in several hours of writing time before heading off to work, Grisham spent three years on A Time to Kill and finished it in 1987. Initially rejected by many publishers, it was eventually bought by Wynwood Press, who gave it a modest 5,000 copy printing and published it in June 1988.

That might have put an end to Grisham's hobby. However, he had already begun his next book, and it would quickly turn that hobby into a new full-time career—and spark one of publishing's greatest success stories. The day after Grisham completed A Time to Kill, he began work on another novel, the story of a hotshot young attorney lured to an apparently perfect law firm that was not what it appeared. When he sold the film rights to The Firm to Paramount Pictures for $600,000, Grisham suddenly became a hot property among publishers, and book rights were bought by Doubleday. Spending 47 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, The Firm became the bestselling novel of 1991.

The successes of The Pelican Brief, which hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list, and The Client, which debuted at number one, confirmed Grisham's reputation as the master of the legal thriller. Grisham's success even renewed interest in A Time to Kill, which was republished in hardcover by Doubleday and then in paperback by Dell. This time around, it was a bestseller.

Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year (his other books are The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren, A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, and The Broker) and all of them have become international bestsellers. There are currently over 225 million John Grisham books in print worldwide, which have been translated into 29 languages. Nine of his novels have been turned into films (The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time to Kill, The Rainmaker, The Chamber, A Painted House, The Runaway Jury, and Skipping Christmas), as was an original screenplay, The Gingerbread Man. The Innocent Man (October 2006) marks his first foray into non-fiction.

Grisham lives with his wife Renee and their two children Ty and Shea. The family splits their time between their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville, VA.

Grisham took time off from writing for several months in 1996 to return, after a five-year hiatus, to the courtroom. He was honoring a commitment made before he had retired from the law to become a full-time writer: representing the family of a railroad brakeman killed when he was pinned between two cars. Preparing his case with the same passion and dedication as his books' protagonists, Grisham successfully argued his clients' case, earning them a jur


  1. I haven't read his stuff in ages, thanx for reminding me!

  2. I didn't realize John Grisham wrote any Christmas books. I'll have to check this one out :) Thanks for the recommendation!

  3. This book has a very interesting plot.

  4. Boy was I surprised to see Grisham’s name. Great review.