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Father Christmas and Me

By: Matt Haig
Narrated by: Natascha McElhone
Series: A Boy Called Christmas, Book 3
Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 8-10
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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It isn't always easy growing up as a human in Elfhelm, even if your adoptive parents are the newly married Father Christmas and Mary Christmas. For one thing, Elf School can be annoying when you have to sing Christmas songs every day - even in July - and when you fail all your toy-making tests. Also it can get very, very cold.

But when the jealous Easter Bunny and his rabbit army launch an attack to stop Christmas, it's up to Amelia, her new family and the elves to keep Christmas alive. Before it's too late....

©2017 Matt Haig (P)2017 Canongate

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  • Camac
  • 05-02-2018

Father Christmas and Me

My son and I enjoyed this story (the third book in the series) a lot. However we had a few issues with this recording... First of all, we both found it quite annoying that several names were pronounced differently between this book and the one before it (The Girl Who Saved Christmas). I understand that they were read by 2 different readers - but the pronunciation of names should not change. Secondly, there seems to be a technical glitch in the recording. In chapter 12, the recording repeats a big section of the preceding chapter. It’s quite weird, and caught us off guard - but we listened to the whole 2 chapters again and the same thing happened! Other than that, we enjoyed the performance a lot.

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  • Donn Edwards
  • 24-12-2017

Technical Issue Spoils a Great Story

There is no gap between each chapter. Not even a second. It detracts from a great narrator and a wonderful story. I hope Audible can fix it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-12-2017

good story, similar to others in this series

good story but a bit samey. these stories have good morals and my kids enjoy listening to them.

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  • Kate
  • 31-12-2018

Magical story containing important lessons

The third book in Matt Haig's magical Christmas trilogy, Father Christmas and Me is as magical as the rest.

This book follows Amelia's struggle to find acceptance in Elfhelm, and draws many parallels from the political situation in our own world. From blended families to xenophobia, the themes resonate with the experiences around us, and it would be a superb lesson for slightly older children in understanding 'fake news' and the importance of questioning information. Ultimately, however, its message is of courage, kindness, and finding goodness in the people around you.

Wonderfully narrated by Natascha McElhone, I was very glad to have chosen this as my bedtime listening over the Christmas period. Her voice is at once lively and soothing, full of character but smooth and gentle - like bathing in warm chocolate.

For the past three Christmases I have listened to one of these books each year, and been delighted by them all. I am only sorry there are not more, though I see there is a short story featuring the Truth Pixie, which will help me adjust to having no new Elfhelm novel for the next festive period.

Perfect for families who are listening together while journeying to and from friends and relatives during the holidays. I'd recommend this series of books to listeners of all ages, as no-one is ever too old for a magical Christmas story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-12-2018

A magical and joyful story.

A magical and joyful story full of wonder and warmth. Memorable - a definite keeper.

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  • JackieM
  • 19-12-2018

Great story!

I love this series of books. It was a shame about the narrator, however, as she kept mispronouncing two of the characters names; Fathers Vodel and Topo. It would have been fine if they had been pronounced her way from the first book: could she not have checked the previous pronounciations? Such a shame as it really spoilt my enjoyment!

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  • Ms. M. Rees
  • 08-12-2018

Dreadful editing

Great story but the editing is shocking. Whole section repeated plus individual lines. No gap between chapters.
Narrator is good but whispers too often, hard to hear in the car

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  • JMP
  • 12-02-2018

Not as good as the first 2 books

Whilst I still enjoyed this sequel it did not capture me as much as the previous 2 stories. The narrator was excellent though and livened up an otherwise often quite dull tale. The last few chapters were more interesting however but it took some persistence to get there.

The audio editing had some issues too. There were no spaces before the next chapter so the chapter titles almost overlapped with the end of the precious chapter. There’s also a section in the middle which almost completely repeats the previous chapter.

Overall a bit disappointing but maybe that’s just because I enjoyed the first two so much.

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  • Farniboy
  • 08-01-2018

Another Modern, Christmas Classic

It amazes me that Hollywood still constantly churns out average Christmas films when you have books like Matt Haig's Christmas trilogy to adapt... These books have kept my family entertained over the last few festive periods as we shuttled around town visiting family and friends. A touching but not a saccharine listen, with a great narration, make them part of your family Christmas tradition.

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  • Rebecca B.
  • 27-06-2019

Brilliant story of kindness

I love this story of magic and wonder. Matt Haig is a brilliant author .

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  • Steve T.
  • 12-01-2019

Great kids story

My 6 year old loved this series of books and I think this is the best of them