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Little Donkey

A Short Story
Written by: Jodi Taylor
Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
4 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

Publisher's Summary

It’s Christmas, and Jenny Checkland is beset with problems. The vicar, who really should know better, has asked to borrow Marilyn the donkey for the nativity play, thereby unleashing chaos on the already chaos-laden Frogmorton Farm.

Will Marilyn survive her bath? Will anyone survive Marilyn’s bath?

Robbed of her role as the Virgin Mary, what revenge is the angel Gabriel plotting? Why is that sheep so fat?

Will Charlie ever get to say his one line? Can Marilyn be prevented from eating the baby Jesus? Where is Thomas, who promised he would be there? And worst of all - will Russell, lost on the moor in a blizzard, make it back in time for the birth of his first child? Or even at all?

Another chance to meet the characters from the best-selling novel The Nothing Girl as they navigate the complexities of the local nativity play in their own unique fashion.

©2014 Jodi Taylor (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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Heartwarming

A heartwarming Christmas tale with it's own little Christmas miracle. The human and animal words and emotions intermingle with each other to make a delicious hot cocoa of sorts to warm up chilly afternoons

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Childhood memories revisited again

It was fun to be a child again for a while. It was beautiful little story narrated even more beautifully by the narrator. Thank you.

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  • Rynin
  • 09-10-15

Read The Nothing Girl first

A wonderful continuation of The Nothing Girl. I would love to see more of these characters.

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  • motown
  • 07-06-15

Wonderful

But read The Nothing Girl first. This is a fabulous follow up and will not have the same impact if read as a stand alone.

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  • Kindle Customer mmr
  • 28-03-15

Lovely--Not a Children's Story

I was aware of the short story for a while before I bought it. My first impression from the cover and short description was that it was a story for young -or very young-people. Finally, after I had read everything else by Jodi Taylor, I broke down and bought "The Nothing Girl" and "The Little Donkey."

I am so glad I did!

This charming short story is a lovely addition to the story of Russell and Jenny from "The Nothing Girl." It is perhaps best understood if you read "The Nothing Girl" first. Otherwise you might just be a bit confused by the references to and, finally, the brief appearance of Thomas.

Love this story and the narrator does a terrific job.

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  • Tracet
  • 27-11-15

I do love Jodi Taylor

This. This is a Christmas story. Not just in subject – a Christmas pageant and all its surrounds – but in the honest warmth and the quiet hum of those emotions that ought to be associated with Christmas: hope and joy. Sweet, funny, scary, droll, tense, witty, heartbreaking, hilarious – all the adjectives I have come to associate with Jodi Taylor, and another gorgeous narrator to add to my wishlist in Lucy Price-Lewis. No one can best Zara Ramm in narrating Ms. Taylor's work – but Ms. Price-Lewis matched her.

Dammit, Jodi Taylor, you made me cry at work. Again. You too, Lucy Price-Lewis. Oh, don't give me that "it's your own fault for listening at work" look – I listen to lots of things at work and very few make me cry. It's all on you two. Don't think I'll forget about this.

Quote that made me laugh and cry simultaneously: "I named her after you."

I can't wait till payday, when I can get my hands on Nothing Girl. I should have listened to that first – this was pure spoiler for that – but I'm fine with it.

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  • Dani
  • 16-10-15

Love These Characters

Short and sweet. Glad to get a little more time with these characters. A great dessert to the Nothing Girl.

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  • Quinn
  • 14-10-15

Super Sweet Short!

Enjoyed this sweet short story about the "Nothing Girl" family & friends! I'm attached this quirky group and hope Ms. Taylor continues their story.

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  • Colonelswife
  • 13-04-15

Loved it - highly recommend "Little Donkey"

Loved The Nothing Girl - & since Jodi Taylor makes you fall in love with her characters , you are happy to know they are still going strong this short story . Hopefully Jody will be putting out another book soon .
Also the narrator, Lucy Price-Lewis was excellent - her voice has a wide range for not just many different female characters , but for excellent male roles as well.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 19-12-15

THE BIG GOLDEN HORSE

THESE ARE NOT DEEP WATERS, IN WHICH, I WISH TO SWIM
This is a sort of pregnant Christmas story. Most of the reviews say read, The Nothing Girl, first. That title should speak volumes. The donkey actually plays a very small role in the story. An imaginary horse is the hero. This was a pretty average story and I have no desire to read about Nothing Girl.

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  • ImSoPretty
  • 12-01-20

pretty good short story

pretty good for a short story.
and well read. good classic book to read on a rainy day

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  • Amanda Johnson
  • 08-11-19

Hilarious and heart warming

I love this series. The stories are imbued with warmth and humor. You can imagine the commotion as if you were there. Very well written.The narrator is just perfect, too.

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  • Hevpais
  • 25-10-15

Read the nothing girl first!

I read this 'short' before its associated book, accidentally thinking it was part of the St Mary's Chronicles. Consequently, i didn't enjoy it and had no intention of reading The Nothing Girl. However, having withdrawal symptoms with no St Mary's left to read and having read Bachelor Establishment, i decided to get Nothing Girl after all. I absolutely loved it, and so listened again to Little Donkey straight after, and this time enjoyed it. The problem the first time was that i didn't know the characters. So, if you've read NG, get this, you'll love it. If not, get the other one first.

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  • Gabrielle Harvey-Jones
  • 14-02-16

Glorious!

I just love everything she writes! A complete joy! You need to read 'Nothing Girl' first, or this won't make much sense - but when you have, this is an utter delight!

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  • Alan
  • 10-12-15

Nice and easy

Jodi Taylor has a lovely sense of humour finding the funny side of life, her books are a joy to listen to if you want a humour full everyday story with no descriptive murders or unnecessary nastiness. As much as I enjoy a good detective story Jodi's books are comforting and the narrator, Lucy, is brilliant.

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  • The Dogs Mum
  • 28-11-15

Lovely!

I thought I would try a few short stories to listen to on dog walks - this was perfectly lovely! Very enjoyable.

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  • Mrs. M Watt
  • 03-10-15

a lovely little story for Christmas and other times too

I thought it was an unusual and amusing version of A Christmas Nativity. It was most enjoyable. The readings were excellent. At first I thought it was a children's book, but changed my mind. It was the kind of book I would recommend as a Christmas gift for my favourite aunt.

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  • N Taylor
  • 07-08-15

Lovely

Loved it but it was too short! I wanted more :-) hopefully there might be another full length book?

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  • Carien
  • 31-03-15

A touching little story

Not having read Nothing Girl yet, I didn't really expect anything and was totally blown away by this touching story.
A definite MUST READ!

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  • Victoria
  • 27-03-15

Wonderful and funny

I have recently discovered Jodi Taylor's books and am now recommending them to all i can.
A great mix of humour and life.
A hint of Terry Pratchett at times too.

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  • Sally
  • 24-03-15

Excellent

More more and more. Please. And St Mary's as well These stories are a joy to listen to. Excellent narration

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  • deborah s
  • 10-03-18

Wonderful

Thank you for such a lovely story and read so beautifully. Everyone should have a Thomas.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-11-16

A lovely Christmas Tale

Sweet, funny, a little sad in parts but only to make the ending that much happier. Even if you've never met the inhabitants of Frogmorton Farm before, you'll fall in love with them.