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  • The Best Worst Christmas

  • An Audible Original Novella
  • By: Kate Forster
  • Narrated by: Rachael Tidd
  • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (107 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Lily is back from Australia for the first time in seven years to spend Christmas at her mum’s house in a small, gossipy English village. To her surprise, she returns to find that her mother is dating the man next door, who also happens to be the father of her ex-boyfriend Tom. Tom, who broke Lily’s heart all those years ago. Tom, the real reason Lily fled to the other side of the world and stayed there. Tom, who is also home for Christmas and right there, next door.

In what is shaping up to be the worst Christmas ever, somehow Lily and Tom have to try to get along and play happy families, but living with the man who she is clearly not over is proving to be difficult, and tensions are high. Add in some drunken caroling, a reindeer bite, a potent Christmas pudding and some meddling parents and Lily’s trip home will turn her entire life upside down.

©2021 Kate Forster (P)2021 Audible Australia Pty Ltd.

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feel good Christmas cheer

joyful and easy listen with a great narrator. guaranteed to put you is a festive mood

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A nice little Christmas short story

Very enjoyable and feel good story. Nice that it was included for free Thank you Audible 😊

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Sweet story

A very sweet story. It was narrated beautifully so easy to listen too. Will read more by this author.

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A good little Christmas Story for the holidays.

Light and easy. Nice for getting in the mood for Christmas. Good to have a short story sometimes.

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Excellent

I listened to this book on my journey to and from work
It has an interesting storyline and predictable ending but does have a small twist.
I enjoyed this book

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Loved it

Starting listening this morning and couldn't stop, had to go to work, very inconvenient. Not sure how you managed it Kate Forster but you tugged at my heart strings only an hour after the funniest line I've read in a long time!

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2021 just got better

This was sweet and funny and all the things I needed right now. Thank you for making this horrible year a lot better.

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Short sweet Christmas story

Short sweet uncomplicated Christmas love story. If you love Christmas romance movies you’ll enjoy this one.

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Nice book nothing ground breaking but sweet.

I felt the narrators voice didn't match the tone of the book- like she was good but sounded much older than the characters. Story was fine, quite sweet in places but rather predictable. Overall a good, non taxing, holiday read

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Predictable but easy listen

Good easy listen with predictable outcome but comfort read all the same. Like a bowl of homemade soup on a cold winters day.

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  • Desert Summer
  • 01-12-2021

Wonderful Christmas Story…

I just finished this audible book and I LOVED it! It was so nice to listen to a Christmas book that actually talks about doing Christmas activities and having a romance which I don’t usually like. It was funny and interesting and made me feel Christmas. It’s a bit of Australia but mostly my favorite, a bit of English in an amazing town. I’m in pain right now to and I laughed out loud many times and smiled the whole way through. I am going to listen to it again and hopefully every Christmas. Get this book you will not be disappointed. Very good book. Thank you so much for the great gift of a Christmas book and having it read to me. I enjoyed it immensely. Happy Christmas

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  • Cheryl
  • 12-12-2021

Grouchy

I know Australian language is normally seasoned with expletives, but it was a bit over-salted for me. Especially the common use of disrespect for Christian deity. A person’s religion is their rightful choice, but it is personally precious.
The amount of time spent expressing rude behavior is also simply jarring for me.

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  • Phx17
  • 06-12-2021

Christmas Cozy

From the summary, I was expecting more of a Bridget Jones Xmas rom-com. Turns out this wasn’t a laugh out loud “best-worst” Xmas, and was instead a sweet second chance romance with enough personality to put a smile on my face. No cussing and only kisses before fading to black puts this in cozy romance territory. Like many romances, this relies heavily on the “failure to communicate” trope.
But, for a free novella, this was easily forgiven.

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  • NinjaMom
  • 13-12-2021

Missed the mark a little….

It hit some of the points of a Christmas story…. predictable ending and classic misunderstanding, but definitely would have been better without the language. I know this probably doesn’t bother most people, but I can’t get past a Christmas story full of swearing.

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  • Angela
  • 04-12-2021

Give it a chance

In my opinion, the first chapter or two was slow moving as the author was world building. But I am happy I gave it a chance and listened! It was a cute story.

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  • C E Wright
  • 04-12-2021

A Christmas story

A truly enjoyable listen. While it was on my plus account, it now is also in my wish list for future purchase.
The decidedly proper English and Australian accents, seemed spot on.
Rachael Tidd was perfect as the narrator,. the characters were clearly defined. Her range in voices, simply amazing. Honestly Rachael she brought the story to life.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-12-2021

Characters I enjoyed spending a few hours with.

Christmas is tough for some of us, but this lovely Holiday romance took me out of my own life for a few hours and let me hitch a ride with these quirky, loveable people. If you're looking for a bit of sweet and funny escapism this book is perfect. I always hesitate to leave reviews because I'm not a highbrow reader. I can't tell you anything about the craft of writing or if something is in iambic pentameter. I just like a good story and I think this is a good story. I loved the narrator. She's got a nice voice and had great pacing. When I was listening as I went about my day I was totally absorbed. Did the dishes without really noticing. What a gift. I hate doing dishes. Looking forward to reading more from Kate Forster and if I see Rachel Tidd as the narrator of anything else I come across I'll definitely have a look.

Also enjoyed the blend of traditional and non traditional ways of celebrating. Nice touch. Not everyone does the holidays the same.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-12-2021

The best worst Christmas

Different liked it will listen to it again recommend it as a nice Christmas story since this is the holiday season would like to read more of the authors books merry Christmas

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  • Jeanne Molloy
  • 04-12-2021

Cute story

Nice Christmas story with humor, spirit and some romance thrown in. Very fun and light for holidays

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  • Lucy in the Sky
  • 07-12-2021

Charming and funny!

I hesitated in choosing this novella because I find a lot of Christmas-themed stories to be pretty cheesy, but this was charming. Interesting characters who behaved believably, and laugh out loud funny. Great narration - what is it about a regional British accent that makes everything more clever and funny? This is perfect to listen to while putting up the Christmas decorations.

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  • Smeedell
  • 10-12-2021

Jump to chapter 12

Time wasting fillers.I would not waste your time.To obvious and predictable.Just listen to chapter one and then listen to chapter twelve.Book done.

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  • jab
  • 08-12-2021

Vocabulary errors

Wording ie. trousers not pants, class not grade. Not used in England for these .

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  • P Farley
  • 10-12-2021

fun story

a lovely little story with happy ending , nice story line makes you lath and a little sad bit , but on the whole nice to listen to

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  • a r wheeler
  • 12-12-2021

A feel good festive read.

Jolly and upbeat rom com. Perfect for the Christmas season. Well narrated by Rachel Tidd

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  • Stella
  • 11-12-2021

Delightful

This is Very light hearted romantic funny and relaxing. Totally recommend to anyone of any age

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  • Tracey
  • 09-12-2021

Very Average

story bit boring. Narration (especially accents) were awful. Annoying. Personally I wouldn't recommend it. sorry

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  • Sarah
  • 09-12-2021

Not really worth listening to, but passes the time

Really not great. Totally lacking any subtlety, the characters were very flat, and the main character quite unlikeable. The accent of the narrator was just a bit odd for a story set in the North of the UK. I listened through, but I'd never revisit this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-12-2021

Such a heart warming book

I loved the romantic story in this book. I really connected with all the characters, i got the gist of the plot twist quite early on which was a little disappointing but I still loved it!

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  • Michelle
  • 08-12-2021

Very enjoyable

Thoroughly enjoyed this short storey and would highly recommend it. It was light hearted, relatable, funny and heartwarming.

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  • julie cranston
  • 07-12-2021

Would you like this book?????

I loved it!! You will not be disappointed, made me laugh too, 10/10, x

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