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The Christmas Hirelings

Narrated by: Jennifer Saunders
Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
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Publisher's Summary

A heartwarming festive tale of redemption and cheer, The Christmas Hirelings is the story of a lonely widower who reluctantly invites a group of children to his manor for Christmas. It showcases the benefits of opening your doors and hearts during the holiday season. 

About the Book
First published in 1893, The Christmas Hirelings is a delightful short tale of compassion and redemption. With his sole surviving daughter Sybil estranged, and his wife passed away, there is a deficit of Christmas cheer in the near-vacant country mansion of Sir John Penlyon. In an attempt to improve the festive mood, Sir John’s good friend Mr Danby suggests that three children be 'hired' over the Christmas period in the hope of brightening the mood. After overcoming his initial reluctance, Sir John soon opens the doors of Penlyon Castle to Lassie, Laddie and little Moppet. Their arrival does more than signal the coming of Christmas however, as Sir John finds himself re-evaluating his past actions. 

About the Author
Mary Elizabeth Braddon was a popular English author who earned success in the Victorian era with her sensation novels. Born in London in 1835, she was raised by her mother Fanny after her parents’ separation. She began working as an actress as a teenager, but after eight years, and with declining popularity and waning interest, she instead turned to writing. Her prolific output resulted in over 80 novels, 150 short stories, as well as plays and articles. Braddon is best known for her novel Lady Audley’s Secret, which combined elements of the detective novel, the psychological thriller and the romantic comedy to become one of the most successful novels of the 19th century.

About the Narrator
Jennifer Saunders is a national comedy icon and a much loved TV star. She has a host of awards to her name including five BAFTA Awards, two International Emmy Awards and four British Comedy Awards, to name a few. She is most well known for her French and Saunders comedy duo, Absolutely Fabulous and her work with Comic Relief. Jennifer’s voice credits include Shrek 2, Minions, Stick Man, Sing and Moominvalley

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  • Tams!
  • 22-04-2020

The Christmas Hirelings

A treasured Christmas story. It belongs along side the likes of Charles Dickens The Christmas Carol. It is eloquently read by Jennifer Saunders. Her voice and vocal expressions bring to life this charming story. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to her as my mind was imaging Victorian England. I found the story and the reading absolutely delightful.

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  • Helen SJ
  • 17-12-2018

Loved it! What a wonderful Christmas tale.

I really enjoyed this heartwarming Christmas tale. Jennifer Saunders brings each character expertly to life.

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  • Dan & Kim
  • 16-12-2018

A gem!

Thank you Audible for this Christmas gift I really enjoyed it. Jen Saunders is one of the best narrators ever, so even better for that too. The subtle nuances and humour makes this a great listen and was delightful.

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  • S. Rifflart
  • 16-12-2018

Great Christmas Fare

Warm hearted story thoroughly enjoyable. Well told by J Saunders Thank you to Audible and Merry Christmas

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-12-2018

exellent story

Loved it although you knew the end it was a lovely heartwarming story beautifully read

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  • Helen Martin
  • 16-12-2018

Delightful.

A delightful Christmas story about an old man who, found wanting of Christmas spirit, takes up a friend's suggestion to hire some children for the Christmas holidays to inject some life and laughter into his quiet, lonesome world. What follows is a truly wonderful, albeit a little predictable, tale of the true meaning of Christmas. This was a free download on Audible and you would be a fool to miss out. It was an absolute pleasure to listen to this.

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  • Rachael the FABULOUS!!
  • 16-12-2018

A sweet story

It was a sweet story, if a little predictable. What made it wonderful was the telling.

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  • Lizzie Biscuits
  • 16-12-2018

Charming Christmas Tale

There are no surpises here but this is a lovely Christmas tale to warm the heart and embue one with a jolly feeling.

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  • Nic
  • 17-12-2018

Very charming festive story!

This was an incredibly charming heartwarming story. Easy to listen to and over too quickly (in a good way). Jennifer Saunders was a perfect reader.

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  • Ian Scott
  • 17-12-2018

Well read, ok story

It was a fine classic piece although predictable. Voice narration was excellent and overall I enjoyed it.

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  • Nicola
  • 04-01-2019

Pleasant Xmas Tale

A pleasant short story. It wasn’t gripping or exciting. More a short portrait of life in the time.

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