Skipping Christmas

Version: Unabridged
Author: John Grisham
Narrator: Dennis Boutsikaris
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Published In: November 2001
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 4 hours
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Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That’s just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they’ll skip the holiday altogether. Theirs will be the only house on Hemlock Street without a rooftop Frosty; they won’t be hosting their annual Christmas Eve bash; they aren’t even going to have a tree. They won’t need one, because come December 25 they’re setting sail on a Caribbean cruise. But, as this weary couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings enormous consequences–and isn’t half as easy as they’d imagined.

A classic tale for modern times, Skipping Christmas offers a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that have become part of our holiday tradition.

Reviews (18)


Written by Anonymous on October 3rd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Made both my wife and I laugh. I could just picture this guy with all the things that happened to him.

Skipping Christmas

Written by Anonymous on June 11th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I could not believe this was a book written by the famous John Grisham. This book was downright stupid in its content. It was painful finishing it.


Written by Anonymous on February 9th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I liked seeing this book on the screen better than reading it. Although there was nothing different in the movie vs. the book, it seemed to play out better on the big screen.

Skipping Christmas

Written by ladybug86 on September 6th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

And that is probably exactly what would happen if you tried to skip Christmas. It was really funny and enjoyable read.

skipping christmas

Written by Anonymous on August 10th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I loved the story. We had some great laughs. It was a little predictable, but all the same, it was worth it for the laughs.

Very funny

Written by Anonymous on May 22nd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This was an enjoyable surprise! It was quick, easy and very funny. Very enjoyable to listen to.


Written by Katie from Tucson, AZ on May 9th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Wonderful book, hilarious and fun to listen to, great book to listen to during a stressful commute. Wish I would have listened to it during the holiday season!

Skipping Christmas

Written by Anonymous on December 19th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I am a huge John Grisham fan, but I wasn't as thrilled with this one. The whole idea behind the story is thought provoking though.

Skipping Christmas

Written by Anonymous on November 3rd, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved it, the most entertaining and funny book I've read in a long time!

skipping christmas unabridged

Written by Katherine George on September 27th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was a great book. I had a good laugh. I was thinking it was about Christmas already.

Author Details

Author Details

Grisham, John

Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, he was working 60-70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby—writing his first novel.

Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player. Realizing he didn't have the right stuff for a pro career, he shifted gears and majored in accounting at Mississippi State University. After graduating from law school at Ole Miss in 1981, he went on to practice law for nearly a decade in Southaven, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigation. In 1983, he was elected to the state House of Representatives and served until 1990.

One day at the DeSoto County courthouse, Grisham overheard the harrowing testimony of a twelve-year-old rape victim and was inspired to start a novel exploring what would have happened if the girl's father had murdered her assailants. Getting up at 5 a.m. every day to get in several hours of writing time before heading off to work, Grisham spent three years on A Time to Kill and finished it in 1987. Initially rejected by many publishers, it was eventually bought by Wynwood Press, who gave it a modest 5,000 copy printing and published it in June 1988.

That might have put an end to Grisham's hobby. However, he had already begun his next book, and it would quickly turn that hobby into a new full-time career—and spark one of publishing's greatest success stories. The day after Grisham completed A Time to Kill, he began work on another novel, the story of a hotshot young attorney lured to an apparently perfect law firm that was not what it appeared. When he sold the film rights to The Firm to Paramount Pictures for $600,000, Grisham suddenly became a hot property among publishers, and book rights were bought by Doubleday. Spending 47 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, The Firm became the bestselling novel of 1991.

The successes of The Pelican Brief, which hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list, and The Client, which debuted at number one, confirmed Grisham's reputation as the master of the legal thriller. Grisham's success even renewed interest in A Time to Kill, which was republished in hardcover by Doubleday and then in paperback by Dell. This time around, it was a bestseller.

Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year (his other books are The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren, A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, and The Broker) and all of them have become international bestsellers. There are currently over 225 million John Grisham books in print worldwide, which have been translated into 29 languages. Nine of his novels have been turned into films (The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time to Kill, The Rainmaker, The Chamber, A Painted House, The Runaway Jury, and Skipping Christmas), as was an original screenplay, The Gingerbread Man. The Innocent Man (October 2006) marks his first foray into non-fiction.

Grisham lives with his wife Renee and their two children Ty and Shea. The family splits their time between their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville, VA.

Grisham took time off from writing for several months in 1996 to return, after a five-year hiatus, to the courtroom. He was honoring a commitment made before he had retired from the law to become a full-time writer: representing the family of a railroad brakeman killed when he was pinned between two cars. Preparing his case with the same passion and dedication as his books' protagonists, Grisham successfully argued his clients' case, earning them a jury award of $683,500—the biggest verdict of his career.

When he's not writing, Grisham devotes time to charitable causes, including most recently his Rebuild The Coast Fund, which raised 8.8 million dollars for Gulf Coast relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He also keeps up with his greatest passion: baseball. The man who dreamed of being a professional baseball player now serves as the local Little League commissioner. The six ballfields he built on his property have played host to over 350 kids on 26 Little League teams.