The Greatest Gift

  • by Philip Van Doren Stern
  • Narrated by Edward Herrmann
  • 0 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The heartwarming story that became the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life, now available in audio for the first time!
For almost 70 years, people the world over have fallen in love with Frank Capra’s classic Christmas movie It’s a Wonderful Life. But few of those fans know that Capra’s film was based on a short story by author Philip Van Doren Stern, which came to Stern in a dream one night.
Unable at first to find a publisher for his evocative tale about a man named George Pratt who ponders suicide until he receives an opportunity to see what the world would be like without him, Stern ultimately published the story in a small pamphlet and sent it out as his 1943 Christmas card. One of those 200 cards found its way into the hands of Frank Capra, who shared it with Jimmy Stewart, and the film that resulted became the holiday tradition we cherish today.
Now fans of It’s a Wonderful Life, or anyone who loves the spirit of Christmas, can own the story that started it all in a charming audio edition that’s perfect for holiday giving. It includes an Afterword by Stern’s daughter, Marguerite Stern Robinson, that tells the story of how her father’s Christmas card became the movie beloved by generations of people around the world.


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Customer Reviews

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A must-read for any fan of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE

If you love learning about the story behind the story, this book is well worth the money (or credit). I only wish the story itself and the afterword (by the author's daughter) could have been longer!
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- Wendi

Change Your Life with "The Greatest Gift"

Would you listen to The Greatest Gift again? Why?

I listen to "The Greatest Gift" once a week--and often with a grandchild in my car.

Which character – as performed by Edward Herrmann – was your favorite?


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

Make it a habit.

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- Jeanine W. Smith

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-28-2014
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio