Silent Night

  • by Stanley Weintraub
  • Narrated by Edward Holland
  • 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the beginning months of World War I, a very strange thing happened. After the fierce trench warfare of November and December, on Christmas Eve, 1914, the fighting spontaneously stopped. Men on both sides laid down their arms and came to celebrate Christmas with each other. They shared food parcels across the lines, sang carols together, and erected Christmas trees with candles. They buried the dead, exchanged presents, and even played soccer together. Stanley Weintraub uses the letters and diaries of the men present to underscore the reality of this strange, delicate, twilight-like state of truce, when peace and good will really were for all men. It was with reluctance that the truce came to an end, and men had to get back to the business of killing.


What the Critics Say

"An emotionally stirring, uplifting, yet ultimately sad story brilliantly told by a gifted writer." (Booklist)
"Edward Holland excels with his German, French, three classes of British English, and some well-aged Scots. Nor is he taxed by the requirement to recite poetry, soldier's prayers, and even to sing a bit." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Silent Night: a hope and prayer

A. true story of the meaning of Christmas, demonstrating the goodness that dwells in the heart and soul of man. In the last chapter the author posits of what might have happened if the world took the small embers of the Christmas Truce 1914 and carried it's spirit and light to brighten the world with the first and true message of the first Christmas...Peace on Earth and Goodwill to Man!
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- Srvivore

Everyone needs to read this book

I just finished this on Christmas. In a world where my county has been at war most of my life this book opened my mind to the insanity of war.
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- Mr. Tumnus

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-03-2004
  • Publisher: Books on Tape