Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AudioBook Review by Stacia: Grumble Monkey and the Department Store Elf

Title:  Grumble Monkey and the Department Store Elf (Audio)
Author:  B.g. Thomas
Narrator:  Donald Tursman
Publisher:  Dreamspinner  Press LLC
Rating: 5/5 Smooches


Kit Jefferies, a part-time department store Christmas elf, is an artist who loves life and his family. Unfortunately, his car dies at a rest stop in the middle of nowhere as he is heading home for Christmas. Enter Nick St. George. Nick is a very unhappy man - he's achieved his professional goals only to find the rest of his life bleak and empty. Deciding there was only one way to make everything right, he is on his way to San Francisco on a dark mission, and even the horrible sleet storm that blocked his path won't deter him. That's when he found Kit. At first, Nick is pretty sure rescuing Kit was a big mistake. Kit's personality is just too, well, effervescent. But as the miles go by, Kit begins to bring light to his dark heart. It might even be bright enough to illuminate a Christmas miracle.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Advent Calendar package "Heartwarming".


This is the first time I’ve heard Donald Tursman narrate a book. His deep rich voice makes for easy listening. I would definitely listen to him again.

Nick is a lost man who thinks he’s done with life or life is done with him. Even though he’s become a very successful man after his parents severed all ties with him just because he was who is was, gay, Nick feels there is nothing left. He feels empty. Going to San Francisco was going to fix all of the emptiness he felt. That is until he rescued Kit, disguised as one of Santa’s elves.

Things don’t get off to a great start when Nick offers to take Kit home to his family. Kit irritates Nick to no end. They’re just too opposite, nothing alike but sometimes that’s a good thing. Nick is uptight and swears a lot, Kit is laid back and doesn’t like to swear and he sees the good in everything.

By the end of the journey Kit has changed Nick’s idea of life.

This was a really cute holiday read and you will recognize the next door neighbors that are mentioned if you’ve read any other of the books B.g. Thomas has written. I love how he crosses over characters. This was rather enjoyable, a great listen for when you’re in your car while doing your Christmas shopping or just riding around looking at Christmas lights.

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