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The True Saint Nicholas

Why He Matters to Christmas
Narrated by: William J. Bennett
Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (87 ratings)

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If you've ever been asked, "Who is Saint Nicholas?"...If you've ever wondered if he is just a commercial invention...If you've ever thought there is no such person...You may be surprised to know the true Saint Nicholas. You'll never again think of Santa Claus in quite the same way. Here is a touching rendition of the historical origins of our modern-day Santa by an in-demand speaker reacquaints us with the true meaning of Christmas.
©2009 William J. Bennett (P)2009 Simon & Schuster

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Santa as you never knew him.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it goes into who St.Nicholas really was. It brings up stories I have never heard about him. It also gets into what happened after his death for miracles that are associated with him.

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Interesting and inspirational

I loved the story in this book, both the historical and the origins of some of the legend. Bill Bennett is a great story teller and I am glad he narrated this one. I will enthusiastically recommend this one to anyone who loves holiday tales -- and this is an important one. It restores meaning to some of the parts of Christmas that the world has declared secular fun.

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Road trip read

Loved the simplicity of this book full of great information to share at Christmas time. I listened to it while driving to work. If you are on a road trip for the holidays make sure to download this audiobook.

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Fun, informative, and inspiring

A thoughtful and thoroughly enjoyable study of the history and origin of the myth of Santa Claus against the backdrop of the life and times of the historical St. Nicholas, the 4th century bishop of Myra. A great way to get into the Christmas spirit!

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left me with hope

after being angry at crass material commercial Christmas. the story of this remarkable man brings me hope in mankind.

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Very enjoyable

Always great to learn about the patron saint of the Byzantine Catholic Church. His works on Earth were great and God guided him very well. This book explains that well

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Wonderful, just wonderful!

A beautiful story for everyone about an amazing Saint and the spirit of christmas. The author reading also has such a nice voice. I loved every minute!

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  • Gary
  • Greeley, CO, United States
  • 03-19-13

Do you know EVERYTHING about Ol' St. Nick?

Where does The True Saint Nicholas rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Because it is such a short story it ranks in the middle mainly because Dr. Bennett is not a professional reader. His voice can sound very droning. The length and the topic allows him to sound more upbeat but there are points where you can tell he needed to take a break.

Have you listened to any of William J. Bennett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Having listened to "America's Last Best Hope" (sic) series Dr. Bennett seems more upbeat while reading this publication. The writing is aimed to the adolescent listener although all ages will enjoy it. There are likely some facts of the Santa Clause character.

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

This story made me smile. It is a new tradition to play this on Christmas Eve.