Christmas Eve-1914 by Charles Oliver

Book Description:

Published December 16th 2014 by Audible Studios

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.
©2014 Audible Inc. (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Review-

This was offered free by Audible and was excellent. I listened to it on Christmas Eve and it made me cry. Sad that the feelings we have at Christmas can’t be with us year round.

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Click-Clack the Rattle Bag by Neil Gaiman

Product Description:

Click-Clack the Rattlebag” is your Halloween treat from Neil Gaiman and Audible, free through October 31. It’s not available anywhere else, and for a limited time, each download from Audible benefits educational charities at DonorsChoose.org.
A few words from Neil: “Why tell ghost stories? Why read them or listen to them? Why take such pleasure in tales that have no purpose but, comfortably, to scare?
“I don’t know. Not really. It goes way back. We have ghost stories from ancient Egypt, after all, ghost stories in the Bible, classical ghost stories from Rome (along with werewolves, cases of demonic possession, and of course, over and over, witches). We have been telling each other tales of otherness, of life beyond the grave, for a long time; stories that prickle the flesh and make the shadows deeper and, most important, remind us that we live, and that there is something special, something unique and remarkable, about the state of being alive. Happy Halloween!”
“‘What kind of story would you like me to tell you?’ ‘Well,’ he said, thoughtfully, ‘I don’t think it should be too scary, because then when I go up to bed, I will just be thinking about monsters the whole time. But if it isn’t just a little bit scary, then I won’t be interested. And you make up scary stories, don’t you?'”
So begins this subtle, witty, deceptive little tale from master storyteller Neil Gaiman. Lock the doors, turn off the lights, and enjoy!

Review –

2014- This story was again offered free so I listened to it again. I don’t think there were any charities involved this year.

It was near Halloween and I thought it would be a good spooky story.    I was very disappointed.  It was not scary at all(to me) so I only gave it three stars on GoodReads.

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The Hospital by Keith C. Blackmore

Book Description:

Published: March 2014

Mountain Man” Augustus Berry is a survivor in undead suburbia. He scavenges what he can from what’s left over. He is very careful in what he does and where he goes, taking no chances, no unnecessary risks, and weighing every choice… until he decides to visit the hospital at the edge of town, and experiences terror the likes he’s never encountered before.

Review –

This was offered as a free audio short story (9500 words) and I thought it was very well done. That being said, no one, not even Augustus Berry, could have survived all that he suffered at the hands of  a crazy nurse and zombie babies. Very far-fetched but it made for good fiction. 

This is the first in the Mountain Man series but I don’t know if I will read the others or not.

The first story of the “Mountain Man” series. Contains language and very graphic violence. 

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