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This retelling of a remarkable event in the history of our world is impeccably written and brilliantly narrated.
That might be a good enough recommendation, but it does little justice. It is difficult to describe the detail that must have gone into the research. You must listen to appreciate the blending of poetic colour with historical fact that went into the writing. The author clearly loves the romantic elements of the story and, at the same time, considers himself a guardian of historic truth and verifiable fact.
Perhaps sometimes without meaning to, although several times with a clear intent, the author provides sublime insights that apply to our world today. The story itself is full of joy and sadness and raw human emotion that the author displays for the listener with perfect timing, yet without unnecessary embellishment.
The narrator’s careful and respectful use of German, English, Scottish, French and other accents give a voice to personal letters of the men involved.
Whether you come for a heart-warming Christmas story, interesting historical details, or something more profound, you’ll find it. For me, listening to this is now an annual experience that will be part of my Christmas traditions for years to come.
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!
I really enjoyed Stanley Weintraub's style and the manner Edward Holland (narrator) brought the book to life. Weintraub touches on the subject of propaganda and the attitudes shared by men on apposing sides after initiating the truce. The use of diary entries, letters from eye witnesses and the description of life in the trenches provided a greater understanding regarding the reluctance to continue fighting after Christmas 1914. I found it hard to break away from the audio.
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