Grumble Monkey and the Department Store Elf

  • von B.G. Thomas
  • Sprecher: Donald Tursman
  • 2 Std. 19 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


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".


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Nick St. George is on an urgent mission to get to San Francisco on Christmas Day it seems, and neither the ice-sleet storm and terrifying road conditions nor the crappy motel stays deter him. At one of his many stops he meets young college student Kit Jefferies, who is stuck with his car dead on the roadside. Despite Nick's hostile way, cheerful Kit succeeds in talking him into a lift to his hometown. First Nick regrets taking Kit with him, but slowly this kind passenger and colorful part-time Department store elf melts his bitter heart.

The quite unusual title and the eye catching cover illustation, depicting the MCs perfectly, draw my attention to this short but heartwarming Christmas miracle story first. Soon I realized that way more than a light entertaining read was awaiting me. Both Kit and Nick have been well and vividly described by the auther, still I could not identify with either of them much. Kit's flamboyant but somewhat immature „poopie“ saying, crying way grated a bit on my neves. Nick on the other hand was downright nasty and insulting in the beginning. He annoyed and made me pitty him at the same time.
It took me a while to get into Mr.Tursman's narrating. His voice is clear, his tempo fast but with only little changes to distinguish Kit from Nick and to make out the difference between inner/out spoken dialoges and narration passages.

B.J.Thomas maybe has laid out Nick and Kit's characterizations a bit too thick and stereotype for my personal taste. I bought the art connection between those two so strikingly different men much easier though. Despite the dramatic black and white pattern, the story is well written and the final chapters with Nick slowly changing to a positive outlook of life,felt more realistic and left me with an hopeful smile for him. I must admit, I would love to hear/read more about those two again.
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Weitere Infos zum Titel

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 26.08.2014
  • Verlag: Dreamspinner Press LLC