The Christmas Hirelings

The Christmas Hirelings

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Title:The Christmas Hirelings
Author:Mary Elizabeth Braddon
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:The Christmas Hirelings
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:261 pages pages

The Christmas Hirelings Reviews

  • Barbara
    Dec 24, 2018
    Published in 1894, this story falls within the Victorian period, and certainly reads like a Victorian melodrama. The author was considered a sensationalist, and for decades it was out of print. It has all of the twists and turns we have come to expect of Victorian writing, particularly...
  • Mahlon
    Dec 16, 2018
    Let?s hire some children and give them a good Christmas? That?s a creepy concept even for 1895. But on the positive side Richard Armitage reading anything is always a treat. ...
  • Elaine
    Dec 14, 2018
    A short and simple, feel-good Victorian novel, with no complex characters, nor much conflict, nor much of a plot. The trajectory of the story is evident very early on; nevertheless, seeing it play out is pleasantly diverting. Unfortunately, the ending was a disappointment. It was a hap...
  • Tarissa
    Jan 02, 2019
    What a delightful vintage treat! We meet a Scrooge type of man at Christmastime... He doesn't know it, but he needs some holiday cheer. Children have been vacant for far too long in his home, and he has forgotten the happiness that family brings. The proposition? Some children sh...
  • Maine Colonial
    Dec 19, 2018
    A story reminiscent of A Christmas Carol, and just as sentimental?actually, more so. It will hit the spot if it?s the holidays and you?re in the mood for something schmaltzy. ...
  • Julia
    Apr 07, 2018
    Short and sweet, rather unlike most of Braddon?s stories! A cranky old rich Scrooge character agrees to humor his favorite houseguest by allowing him to invite some unknown children to spend Christmas with them in the spacious old mansion. You never know what Christmas miracles may h...
  • Cindy Rollins
    Dec 16, 2018
    This was a free Audible Christmas offering with Richard Armitage and delightfully better than expected. Armitage not only has a melliflous voice himself, he does other voices even female voices without seeming ridiculous. The thing that heightened my attention was the ideas on educatio...
  • Lis Carey
    Dec 12, 2018
    This is a Victorian Christmas tale, and it's a good one. Sir John Penlyon is spending Christmas with his niece, Adela, and his friend Thomas Danby, a makeshift family for the aging man with no closer family left to him. Long widowed, his older daughter died just a few years after h...
  • Asheley
    Dec 28, 2018
    I'm glad that I chose to listen to this one right after I received it from Audible this year rather than letting it sit in my cloud untouched. It was delightful. This was a short Victorian holiday tale about Sir John Penlyon who is a little older and unmarried, without any children at ...
  • Suzanne
    Dec 12, 2018
    Although this was written over 100 years ago, it felt timeless. The premise is some wealthy aristrocrats without younger family members hire 3 children to make Christmas more enjoyable. Moppet was adorable and totally stole the show. ...
  • Lorrie
    Dec 17, 2018
    I am so grateful to Audible.com for this Christmas gift. This was such a wonderful story reminiscent of those of Rosamund Pilcher?s. The setting was even Cornwall. ...
  • Sara
    Dec 27, 2018
    ????? ????????: https://www.youtube.com/embed/a5yyRq1... Moving ?? and a heart warming story suitable for holidays. Although I felt really sad near the end, Mary have done it beautifully and left me satisfied ? Listened to it on Audible. ????? ?????...
  • Wendy
    Jan 10, 2019
    Moppet was terribly annoying. Usually, I'm a huge sucker for 'grouchy old man is softened by cute child/animal' stories (like Little Lord Fauntleroy), but I just really could not stand Moppet. She was entirely too perfect, and literally every character adored her above anyone else. Ble...
  • Linda
    Dec 19, 2018
    I listened to the audiobook that was the Christmas gift from Audible. It was a cute, predictable story with a Dickenesque feel. I listened while wrapping Christmas presents. It was a nice gift. Thanks Audible. ...
  • Sandy
    Dec 30, 2018
    This novel is quite a diversion from the "sensation novels" of Mary Elizabeth Braddon, and very different from the sappy holiday fare that sometimes passes off as representative of the "Spirit of Christmas". Only about 30 percent of the story actually takes place during the Christmas s...
  • Joselyn  Moreno Burke
    May 03, 2019
    Well this one sat a long time on my audible because I was pretty busy on Xmas to hear it, not at all what I expected really. Even for a classy Xmas tale the plot infuriated me a lot, didn't make any sense on the reconciliation or even the fight in the first place. I don't know ...
  • ✨Susan✨
    Dec 26, 2018
    3.5 stars. A Christmas short that has a bit of bah humbug, nostalgia, and sweet forgiveness. ...
  • Paul Shan
    Dec 12, 2018
    This is what i get for having read too much and seen too many movies and television shows. I knew less than a third of the way into the story how this was going to go. However, the writing style is fantastic and while i knew where the story was going I wanted to know how it got there a...
  • Deb✨
    Jan 20, 2019
    This was a delightful novella with some fun characters and a sweet plot. I enjoyed listening to it. ...
  • Brianne
    Dec 14, 2018
    This was a perfect, sweet story to read during the holidays! Also, I will listen to, and recommend, anything read by Richard Armitage! (Have no shame and don't care.) ...
  • Adam
    Dec 25, 2018
    Review of the audiobook narrated by Richard Armitage. It's obvious why this Public Domain book from 1894 was apparently forgotten before its revival by Audible as a free reward for their 2018 Christmas season. Predictable and derivative, yet just charming enough to be an ok use of 4...
  • Peter
    Dec 26, 2014
    A bored, "bah, humbuggy" Earl agrees to hire three unknown children to make his house guests' Christmas more genial. The Queen of Victorian Sensation Fiction, who's best known for blood curdling tomes like Lady Audley's Secret, wrote one book for children and this is it. Short, sweet a...
  • Netta
    Dec 27, 2018
    Too soppy even for the classy Christmas story of an old man redemption. ...
  • Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
    Feb 07, 2019
    I listened to the audiobook via Audible! I really enjoyed Jennifer Saunders' narration of a short, classic Christmas story originally published in the 1800s. Set during the bitterness of a cold winter, three young children from France arrive in England to stay in a grand old manor h...
  • David Albee
    Jan 01, 2019
    Predictable, but enjoyable. ...
  • Anya
    Dec 17, 2018
    This was a good surprise, expecially since it was a free Christmas gift from Audible. The story is sweet and simple, in the classic style of Dickens/Collins. The plot is quite predictable but still entertaining. I didn't know the author but I'll be probably reading something else from ...
  • Narilka
    Jan 02, 2019
    Sir John Penlyon is spending Christmas with his niece, Adela, and his good friend, Tom Danby. Over dinner Adela mentions how the holiday would be better if there were children around and Sir John, while not entirely liking it, allows himself to be talked into bringing some children int...
  • Catka
    Dec 17, 2018
    So, this was a classic Victorian predictable, supposedly heart-warming and thankfully short novella about Christmas hearths, trees, puddings, shining children's eyes, shriveled hearts thawing, with small children behaving like little adults, life-threatening illnesses being overcome an...
  • Dele Haynes
    Dec 24, 2018
    This charming little book is a delightful story for a quick Christmas read, Thank you, Richard Armitage for giving your fan this little gift. Sir John Penylon was planning to spend Christmas with his niece and long time friend, Mr. Danby, when it was suggested that they needed child...
  • Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
    Dec 21, 2018
    It?s always fun getting into the holiday season. When I saw that The Christmas Hirelings was being offered for free on Audible, I thought that it would be a great addition to my holiday preparations. The Christmas Hirelings is set in Braddon?s contemporary period, circa mid to l...