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  • Christmas Eve, 1914

  • By: Charles Olivier
  • Narrated by: Cameron Daddo, Xander Berkeley, Cody Fern, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,062

In 1914, the war which was to have been wrapped up by Christmas had - in reality - only just begun, as all sides entrenched themselves deeper into the Great War. Christmas Eve, 1914 follows one company of British officers as they rotate forward to spend their Christmas on the front lines, a mere 80 yards from the German guns. Upper- and working-class men and boys are thrown together into one trench and struggle to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully "illustrated"

  • By anonymous on 12-25-14

Spirit of Christmas

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-21-14

Where does Christmas Eve, 1914 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Christmas Eve is a wonderful story of life in the trenches during WW I. Outstanding description of the harsh conditions and the utter fear of the men. As well as the levity and bantering amongst the officers jockeying for command and to allay their own fear. The interaction with the German soldiers proves we are all human beings. Although maybe not that civil.

Which scene was your favorite?

The new Lieutenant singing Silent Night and the Germans responding by singing back.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Teared up at the prospect the enemies on the battlefield could find common ground and become conversant for at least 24 hours.

Any additional comments?

Hard to believe the war continued for another 3 years.

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