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The Christmas Letter

Narrated by: Pam Dougherty
Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Mary is a naive 20-year-old in 1945 when her high school sweetheart, Jack, returns to their small Indiana steel town wounded from World War II and makes her his bride. While Jack struggles to find his place in the world, Mary begins her own journey of self-discovery. 

As the years and letters unfold, Mary and Jack have five children, including their first-born son, Junior, who is not “right", an issue that contributes to the turmoil in their marriage and impacts their lives in unforeseen ways. 

Mary's Christmas letters track her children from toddling to adulthood, while also commenting on her marriage, her friendships, and the world around her - advances in technology, the dawn of the nuclear age, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Cold War, Vietnam, Woodstock, and more. 

Through disappointments, triumphs, dark moments of doubt and suspicion, loss of loved ones, and the lessons learned from hard experience, Mary’s Christmas letters are a constant in an uncertain world. A part of the ritual of Christmas, these letters are a touchstone from which Mary takes strength and comfort.

©2017 Steven H. Berman (P)2018 Steven H. Berman

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Christmas Cookies

The Christmas Letter
: Steven H. Berman

This is an amazing book. I found it absolutely delightful to follow Mary's family from 1945 until 1981. The Christmas letters written to her best friend Midge highlight family, music, movies, and politics as things evolve and change over time. I will listen to this again next Christmas, and the next.



The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed. Pam Dougherty brought the characters to life!!!



I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Fabulous Christmas Story

This book consists of letters to a friend across the country written at Christmastime spanning nearly 40 years. Once I started listening, I found it hard to stop - staying up later than I should have, saying, "one more letter then I'll shut it off!" The story of Mary's family from WWII to the 80s was fascinating. I will listen to this again next Christmas. I have recommended it to my daughter. The book was very nicely read by the narrator. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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The Christmas Letter

This was a very unique book, I loved the main character Mary the story was very well written and narration was great. I was voluntarily provided this free copy by the author, narrator or publisher. Thank you

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  • Jan M
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Heartwarming!

The Christmas Letter by Steven H Berman is a heartwarming listen. I loved the yearly Christmas letters. They are reminiscent of the letters that my mom wrote. I found them to be so endearing, and heartfelt. The author did a fantastic job sounding so realistic. Pam Dougherty performed this book brilliantly! She added such authentic emotions and made this listen so incredible. I loved how the family interaction and friendship was written in this book, and multiple generations that are included. There is heartbreak along with hope, fun details, and incredible imagery. II requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

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I listen to the story in 3 days...

I was so sucked into each individual letter. And I just kept listening for one more letter and one more letter. There was so much heart in this family. The combination of the author and the reader made for a perfect Christmas Story.