Gather ‘Round the Sound: Holiday Stories from Beloved Authors and Great Performers Across the Globe by Paulo Coelho
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Book Type: Audible Book
Length: 1h 12m
Full Disclosure: I generally dislike holiday books/stories and I had successfully avoided all Christmas carols and specials this year (except of course the required Dr. Who Christmas Special) so I thought I would give something a try now that the season was over.
This was free, and most of the stories are boring and forgettable, but the first one about the group at employees at GE answering letters written to Santa Claus was the most interesting. The office people volunteering for this were interviewed and with obvious emotion in their voices talked about how it changed their world. I do admit it tugged a little at the heart strings. The problem I had with the story is they kept saying the name GE so many times it started sounding like a commercial for GE. GE had to have been named more then 20 times in the 12 minute interview…
Made me wonder if GE paid for part of the book.
The positive was the fact the book is extremely short, so I was only bored for a little over an hour. When I was done I realized it had reinforced the idea I should have completely avoided Christmas stories.
So my words to you, it isn’t worth the time you put into listening to it.