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The Christmas Sweater Audiobook

The Christmas Sweater

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Publisher's Summary

The #1 New York Times best-selling author and renowned radio and television host Glenn Beck delivers an instant holiday classic about boyhood memories, wrenching life lessons, and the true meaning of the gifts we give to one another in love.

"We weren't wealthy, we weren't poor - we just were. We never wanted for anything, except maybe more time together...."

When Eddie was 12 years old, all he wanted for Christmas was a bike. Although his life had gotten harder - and money tighter - since his father died and the family bakery closed, Eddie dreamed that somehow his mother would find a way to have his dream bike gleaming beside their modest Christmas tree that magical morning.

What he got from her instead was a sweater. "A stupid, handmade, ugly sweater" that young Eddie left in a crumpled ball in the corner of his room.

Scarred deeply by the realization that kids don't always get what they want, and too young to understand that he already owned life's most valuable treasures, that Christmas morning was the beginning of Eddie's dark and painful journey on the road to manhood.

It will take wrestling with himself, his faith, and his family - and the guidance of a mysterious neighbor named Russell - to help Eddie find his path through the storm clouds of life and finally see the real significance of that simple gift his mother had crafted by hand with love in her heart.

Based on a deeply personal true story, The Christmas Sweater is a warm and poignant tale of family, faith, and forgiveness that offers us a glimpse of our own lives - while also making us question if we really know what's most important in them.

©2008 Mercury Radio Arts Inc.; (P)2008 Simon & Schuster

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    Christopher San Diego, CA, United States 01-21-10
    Christopher San Diego, CA, United States 01-21-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Scared off by the name Glenn Beck?"

    I didn't know much about Glenn Beck when I chose this book. I knew he was a republican talking head and that was about it. I was afraid this book would be more propaganda and less story but the other reviews convinced me to get the book anyway. What I heard was a story about dealing with your own personal demons and personal redemption. Does the story have a republican slant? Yes, but only once or twice does the story become heavy handed in that respect. Does the story deal with religion? Definitely. As an atheist I decided it was no different than reading about orcs, dragons, or aliens. Just keep and open mind and give it a listen. The story has a message for anyone that will ever face a rough patch in their life. So basically everyone.

    The three stars are for the average writing and less only adequate narration. I really wondered how Glenn Beck gets people to listen to him with some of those character voices.

    PS:Length of the story is about perfect so the book doesn't drag on too long.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mickey S. 12-19-08
    Mickey S. 12-19-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Book for you and your teenagers"

    My wife and I listened to it on a trip. Found it to be enjoyable and inspiring. Overall his narration was very good but at times he lowered his voice so much that it required me to have to raise and lower the volume numerous times.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    tracy thatcher, AZ, United States 12-14-08
    tracy thatcher, AZ, United States 12-14-08 Member Since 2006
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    "a good Christmas story"

    I really enjoyed this book, but the ending was a little too cheesy for me. That said, I still really liked it enough to listen to it again with my teenage kids. They really liked the beginning, but then they said, "enough already!" and voted it down. I guess there was too much philosophy in it for them.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sheryl Juergensen 11-23-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Keep the kleenex handy"

    My husband and I listened to the audio on a roadtrip to Myrtle Beach. Normally we make several stops on the way but this trip we drove straight through because we didn't want shut it off. I am giving copies of this book to my family for Christmas. We loved it.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    I Kapowsin, WA, United States 12-06-09
    I Kapowsin, WA, United States 12-06-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Check download"

    Book length says 4 hrs. 49 mins. Mine only downloaded 4:24. Chapters 4 & 5 appear to be missing. I believe the book has 16 chapters, mine downloaded 14. Chapter 4 on iTouch list is actually Chapter 6.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    :J phoenix,AZ 06-06-09
    :J phoenix,AZ 06-06-09 Member Since 2010

    Look for the details, that is what life is about.

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    "The Christmas Sweater"

    Glenn Beck made this story come to life. My husband saw it live, we both read the hardcover book and I listened to the audiobook. Know matter how you view it, this book is great, full of emotion, so have your kleenex handy. :J

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    Benjamin 01-13-09
    Benjamin 01-13-09 Member Since 2007
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    "very good"

    I highly encourage everyone looking for a great book to give The Christmas Sweater a listen. You won't be sorry.

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    Florina Beaufort, SC, United States 01-11-10
    Florina Beaufort, SC, United States 01-11-10
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    "Good book, well read"

    Good listen, very touching

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    John Tyler, TX, USA 03-30-09
    John Tyler, TX, USA 03-30-09
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    "Christmas Sweater"

    Well done story with great messages. Easy listen.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    cassie 01-09-09
    cassie 01-09-09
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    "Overrated"

    Boring. Predicatable. And most cetainly not a tear jerker...unless you're menstuating, pregnant or on Prozac.

    12 of 37 people found this review helpful

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