This enchanting holiday treasure combines historical fact with glorious legend as Saint Nicholas himself reveals the definitive story of Santa Claus. From his birth in Lycia to meeting Mrs. Claus and all of his helpers, Santa relates the tale of how he spread his message of generosity and the goodness of giving across the world.
Families will delight in every entertaining chapter of this holiday classic, one for each cold December night leading up to Christmas!
©2004 Jeff Guinn; (P)2004 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.
What a wonderful Christmas story. This story takes place over 17 hundred years of the life of Saint Nicholas and how he became Santa Claus. The story reviles how he started and all of his adventures of himself and companions thru the ages. starting from 300AD until present, and you would not believe who his companions are. The story even tells how the reindeer came to fly. I loved the story so much, I went and bought the book so I can read to my kids. This story will be in my house and my heart for years to come. This story is a must for all readers..
I really enjoyed this story. It's entertaining for both young and old and has just enough history to make it interesting and keep the book going. I would highly recommend this for a family trip to the grandparents or where ever the family is driving for Christmas. The narrator is top notch and fit very nicely into my concept of what Santa should sound like...and who knew Santa would be so touchy about his weight? :-) And as for Atilla - I believed it - salvation at Christmas time.
I listened to this book two years ago. It is for both adults and children. Other reviews say that the book is written for children. I disagree because I don't believe children will know the historical facts and figures in the story. It is actually for adults who once believed in Santa Claus. I believe the book gives the illusion that Santa is alive and well in a veil of truth and magic.
Certainly a fabulous book to read to children before Christmas. Adults might not enjoy it as much because of the repetition and the fantasy involved. The book moves right along and the narrator was excellent........9 hours was a bit much and I probably would have been just as happy with an abridged version.
I will absolutely listen to this book again. In fact, I plan to make it a Christmas tradition. The story is not only enjoyable, it is inspiring. It feels like it really could be the Autobiography of Santa Claus
I haven't read it yet, it I'm guessing How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas will be a nice companion piece. I should add, however that after reading this one I'm inspired to revisit some of my Dickens favorites.
I'm not honestly sure how to answer that question. It is enjoyable, easy to listen to, and see in my mind's eye as he reads it. This would have still happened if I read it alone,but perhaps, the voices of the characters would have differed. I can securely say he gave Santa a voice.
It made me happy.
I will recommend this book to all of my friends and family every year as I begin my official start of the Christmas season. (Caution friends: as you know that is June 1 in my mind. So be prepared.)
I enjoy listening to books on my daily drive to my business sites.
How so many historical figures played a role in this book. Who would have thought Leonardo DaVinci had anything to do with Santa. But the author made it work.
When Santa first discovered he was on a different time plane than others that allowed him to move from town to town quickly, yet not age.
I've listened to this book during the holiday season each year for the past 5 years. Still find it a very enjoyable listen each year!
I am a Christmas believer. This book will remain as one of my all time favorite books ever. The facts embedded into the story and the way the author makes you stop and think about what could have been, settles in my heart. It reminds me of the time my daughter asked me the ultimate question about Christmas and I explained it to the best of my ability and she looked at me as innocently as possible and said 'well mom what about the hoof prints I hear on the roof?"
If you don't believe in Santa, don't purchase this audio. This is not a book for the cynics. It's a book for the innocent and childlike at heart.
However, if you believe in the magic of Christmas and are still a child at heart, you must listen to this book. The narrator is terrific! He sounds just like Santa should sound like. The story also takes you on a historical ride through the ages. Excellent! I would love to read this aloud to my students (if the school district would allow it....)
Although there's interesting material here about the origins of the (probable) real St. Nicholas, as well as his evolving image, it's written and read in a way that suggests the audience is children... though I'd say kids would get bored, since it contains the kind of info that a historical biography does. So I'd say the audience for this is probably an adult who's obsessed with Santa...
This book will be familiar to people that know about the history of Christmas. The author takes the historical facts and weaves them in with fictional characters to make a nice story. I highly recommend listening without the kids before sharing as the author gives some people from history immortality and that may not fit in with a child's knowledge of history. It certainly would be tough for a child to explain this story to his or her friends.
The story itself is entertaining and is a nice trip through history. If you like Christmas stories in general, this will make a nice addition to your collection.
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