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Audio Drama Review: Christmas Eve 1914

The story of the Christmas truce in 1914 during World War I is an emotionally powerful and resonant event to anyone who hears about it. I’ve seen and/or heard several dramatic presentations of it. The Audible Originals audio drama Christmas Eve 1914 is the best dramatization of the event I’ve experienced.

The production focuses on a group of young lieutenants in a company whose captain has died. They’ve rotated in on Christmas Eve and expect a quiet night, but get word from the Colonel at HQ that a German attack is expected and they need to prepare. At the same time, a fresh young Sub-Lieutenant, who lied about his age to get into the Army, joins them on the front lines.

The play is well-written. Christmas Eve 1914 takes listeners in the thick of conflict and immerses us in the war-weary world of these young officers. The play focuses on the horrors of war and the way they relate to the war and each other for most of the run-time. The truce only comes into play in the last twenty minutes. As a result, we feel the bittersweet impact of the event, knowing, in a day, our heroes will return to the nightmares of war.

The acting is solid. Almost every character is well-characterized, and the best drama comes from hearing them interact and play off each other.

The sound design and music are superb, doing a great job creating a realistic feel and atmosphere. The sound design and music never overwhelm the listeners or the story.

The Colonel was written as a stereotypical clueless and hypocritical senior officer who was gung ho about putting other people in danger. The Colonel’s best skills is not-too-subtly trying to play the lieutenants’ ambition to become the next captain against one another. Thankfully, while important, the Colonel’s part is relatively small.

Overall, Christmas Eve 1914 is a great Christmas Story, a great drama, and a great example of how good modern Audio Drama can be.

Rating: 4.75 out of 5

Christmas 1914 is available as one of the free Audible orignal selections for Audible subscribes during the month of December.

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EP2702: Dragnet: The Big Little Jesus

Jack Webb

Friday and Smith investigate the theft of a statue of the child Jesus from a church’s nativity scene.

Original Air Date: December 22, 1953

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AWR0062: Railroad Hour: Christmas Party

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The Railroad Hour has its Christmas Party and performs Holiday music including a portion of the Nutcracker Suite. Features Gordon Macrae.

Original Air Date: December 22, 1952

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EP2701: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Phony Phone Matter

Mandel Kramer
Mandel Kramer

Johnny interrupts scheduled time off over Christmas to pick up a check for a previous job and finds himself the alibi for the owner of a factory that was blown up.

Original Air Date: December 17, 1961

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EP2700: Boston Blackie: Blackie, Santa Claus and The Stolen Rings

Richard Kollmar

Boston Blackies chases a thief who fled from a jewelry store with valuable rings, but when he catches him, the rings are gone.

Original Air Date: December 17, 1947

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