Book Review: The Christmas Cave by David R. Beshears

December 1, 2016 Audiobooks, Book Reviews 0

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Book Review: The Christmas Cave by David R. BeshearsThe Christmas Cave by David R. Beshears
Published by Greybeard Publishing on October 11th 2012
Narrator: Dan Absalonson
Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 75
Source: AudioBook Reviewer
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Opening scene… December 1960. Thirteen year old Jenny Harper is exploring the caves with her brother Bill and their best friend Mike. They see a strange shimmering light up ahead. Bill rushes ahead, disappears around the bend.
Fade to present day. Thirteen year old Jack and his twelve year old sister Amanda visit their Grandma Jenny in the mountains over the Christmas holiday.
They hear the story of a mythical cavern that Grandma went searching for fifty years earlier with her little brother Bill and their best friend Mike. Her brother was lost, never to be seen again.
Drawn to the mystery, Jack and Amanda meet up with Daniel Madsen, a local boy diagnosed with Leukemia and only months to live. He tells them of a boy who went into the caves a few days before Christmas, 1910 and came out three years later telling of “The Christmas Cave”, a world of amazing colors and lights.
They find their way to the Christmas Cave and discover much more than they expected.
Novella based on the screenplay "The Christmas Cave", written by David R. Beshears.

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When I first read the title of this book it took me a minute to remember but then the entire story came back! I can actually remember this whole thing. I enjoyed the book and thought it was lovely but I did not think that I would remember it a year later, even with the personal enjoyment of five stars! This is a book that I would re-read. It was fun and after reading my review from last year I would still recommend it! I think I would even up the rating from a 3.9 to a 4.5. Now if only they would update that cover!

Review:

Everyone hears about the Christmas Cave but nobody has seen it. Jenny, Mike, and Bill decide to go find it and although Jenny remembers seeing the bright, gorgeous, blue, red, and green lights, she cannot remember how they got there or how they lost Bill. He ran ahead and just disappeared.

Nobody has seen it since then, even though they have searched for Bill but somehow the myth has still spread about this wondrous place.

Years later Jenny’s grandchildren come for a visit and hear about the myth. Being kids they make a plan to go find the mysterious cave.

This is a really cute story, told over a little more than one day. The caves have been searched and searched before and after Bill disappeared but no evidence has shown the cave really exists. The kids are not put off track, of course, and decide to venture in.

This young adult is a light hearted mystery. Quite short but cute. There are a few heart-stopping moments but for the most part this could be told to anyone.

Narration was good. Soft and quiet. It reminds me of something that would be perfect to listen to on Christmas Eve with the kids. The production was also good, no weird noises. I can’t remember if anything else was added in but there is when part, near the end, where in the story someone burps, so the narrator actually burps! I would prefer to skip those types of noises but it was just the once (that I can remember) so it did not take away from the story.

Rating Report
Plot
4 / 5
Character Development
4 / 5
Writing Style
4 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
Cover
2.5 / 5
Overall: 3.9 / 5

 

The Author

Award-winning screenwriter and author of science fiction, fantasy and adventure.

David’s work has been praised by literary professors and by PhDs in science, by fans and by book reviewers around the world.

His miniseries screenplay adaptation of his popular novel “The Shylmahn Migration” won the Pacific Northwest Screenwriting Competition in 2007.

David lives in Washington State. When not writing, he can often be found on any one of a dozen northwest mountains.

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