Christmas Eve, 1914

  • by Charles Olivier
  • Narrated by Cameron Daddo, Xander Berkeley, Cody Fern, Damon Herriman, James Scott, John Beck, Lance Guest, Gabe Greenspan, Nate Jones
  • 1 hrs and 13 mins
  • Performance

Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Audio Drama, 2016
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. Beyond the exploding shells and artillery, the merciless freezing cold, extreme hunger, and crushing exhaustion, these young men - both British and German - discover a miracle of grace, as enemies becomes friends and an impossible Christmas finally arrives.
Written by Emmy Award winner Charles Olivier and produced by Dawn Prestwich (The Killing) to commemorate the Christmas Truce's centennial anniversary, this astonishing moment of peace in the midst of total war is brought to life as a vivid and immersive audiodrama, featuring a full-cast performance, elaborate sound design, and an original musical score. Listeners will also enjoy a classic Christmas carol, "Il Est Ne", performed by Tom Tom Club, at the conclusion of the story.
The full cast includes Damon Herriman, Cameron Daddo, Xander Berkeley, James Scott, Lance Guest, Nate Jones, Cody Fern, John Beck, Gabe Greenspan, and Heiko Obermoeller.


What the Critics Say

"The cast's excellent naturalistic acting and superb dialogue bring out the human side of a conflict in which the enemy lay entrenched only a few hundred yards away." (AudioFile)


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Perfect to listen to on a dark December evening

A lovely short dramatised story; though not sure why they added the supposedly ‘classic’ Christmas carol "Il Est Ne" at the end of the download. Never heard of it myself, just seemed a bit odd. It would have been more fitting to have ended with “Silent Night”.

Audible should promote this every Christmas, either by including it as a ‘Daily Deal’ or within the monthly deals ‘less than £5’. It’s perfect to listen to on a dark December evening.

Add it to your ‘Wish list’ and wait until Audible have one of their 40% off sales. As it is too short to spend a credit on.
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- Nigel

God Bless All Who Gave Their Lives & Their Limbs

A thoughtful tribute to all the men and women who have fought for their Country and their loved ones. To those living and those who's spirit shine on. Thank You ❤️ This little drama says it all. God bless.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-12-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios