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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,571 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeff Guinn Narrator: John H. Mayer Publisher: Listen & Live Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 1997 ISBN: 9781593163150
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“You’re right to believe in me,” Saint Nicolas assures us. Old St. Nick, Santa Claus himself, reveals the definitive story, through seventeen centuries of Christmas lore, of how he came to be known as the all-knowing, all gift-giving man from the North Pole! Listen as this enchanting holiday treasure recalls Santa’s quest for universal gift-giving, spreading his message of kindness to countless others so they, too, could share his belief in the goodness of giving! Children, parents and entire families will delight in each entertaining chapter of this holiday classic—one for each cold December night leading up to Christmas! Download and start listening now!

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  • “Where exactly did Santa Claus come from? How did he meet Mrs. Claus? Who named the reindeer? We’ve all asked these questions and a million more, and Jeff Guinn uses a wonderful mix of scholarship, fantasy, folklore, and faith to answer them all…A fine way for the whole family to receive a dash of history and humor relating to holiday cheer.”

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith Wahl | 2/19/2014

    " Just some fun for Christmas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 2/17/2014

    " I have learned a great deal about history from a totally different perspective than the average history book. This is a delightful story about one of the world's most beloved people...Santa Claus, and I BELIEVE "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 2/16/2014

    " I found this book quite interesting merely for the fact of all the history it presented. I struggle with having Santa be a part of our Christmas for two reasons. One, I don't like lying to my kids. Two, it is so easy for Santa to become the focus of the holiday rather than the birth of Jesus. Some of the information in this book really did ease some of that struggle for me. I found some of it a bit much and other parts dragged for me. I would still recommend this book as a good read though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura A. | 2/4/2014

    " A MUST read! Should be required reading! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauren | 2/4/2014

    " This was the book club pick for this month, meant to get us all in the holiday spirit. And it was fun, especially for learning about when and where many Christmas traditions originated. The actual story of Saint Nick was a little hard to swallow (seriously, his cast of helpers got completely ridiculous), but it was a light read and appropriate for the festive season. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tristine | 2/2/2014

    " Super easy read, but a really fun book to check out around christmas. It has a lot of historically accurate events, which makes it really interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jared | 1/31/2014

    " Interesting...sort of clever...but generally just a nice story about Santa Claus. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 1/19/2014

    " I enjoyed most of the history in this book but found that most of the characters were flat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alissa | 12/23/2013

    " This book is an incredible mix of historical facts and a great imagination! The spirit of Christmas is incredibly express through this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicki | 12/8/2013

    " Had some interesting information about how all the traditions of Christmas came to be, but it wasn't really my favorite. I'd say it's worth reading once. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hillary | 11/30/2013

    " The historical facts were good but it is hard to believe the characters joining Santa, especially Atilla the Hun. If you take it as a light Christmas book and look at the historical facts, this is not a bad book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 11/29/2013

    " Not the best Christmas book I've ever read, but it was different and interesting, and explains a lot of the Christmas traditions and how they came about. I'm glad I read it, but it's not one that I would probably read again... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 11/28/2013

    " I love this book! I re-read it this Christmas season and will probably pull it out again in a few years. I like how the author uses world history and St. Nicholas legends and traditions from around the world to create an "autobiography." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 11/13/2013

    " Really interesting narrative of the Santa Claus story. You read a chapter a night throughout December - finishing on Christmas Eve. Lots of history and interesting facts - and some interesting non-facts (Atilla the Hun works for Santa!) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina | 7/24/2013

    " Very hard to follow and confusing, but an overall good story "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julianne | 6/6/2013

    " I knew he was real. He is alive and well at the North Pole with Amelia Earhart and Leonardo da Vinci. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Blessing | 10/12/2012

    " I really enjoyed this...read it a few years ago. I loved all of the historical references to how the Santa Claus story started and how it has gotten passed down many generations. Very interesting and inspiring book and good one to read as we go into the Christmas season! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 8/1/2012

    " A perfect read for the entire family on a cold winter's night. I love the intertwining of myth and legend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah H | 6/30/2012

    " The writing was mediocre and the story itself moved pretty quickly (meaning it kind of lacked depth) but overall, I really enjoyed it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 4/13/2012

    " Loved this book. I enjoyed learning about the history of Santa Claus. He is more real to me. A must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelby | 1/15/2012

    " I loved this! A great Christmas tradition. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aimee | 11/12/2011

    " This is a great Christmas story - very imaginative and an all-around enjoyable book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary Jane | 10/31/2011

    " I could take most of this book, until Attila the Hun joined Santa's crew. This book falls under "really lame." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Holly | 8/28/2011

    " I endured to the end because someone recommended it to me. It couldn't have been less of a page turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Desiree | 8/21/2011

    " Really, really boring. Too much of a Forest Gump thing with history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesli | 8/15/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. The author did a great job of blending history with the story of Santa Claus. Great historical fiction, it was a fun read. I'm almost considering rating it four star.s "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 5/5/2011

    " A MUST READ for anyone who is doubting the existance of Santa. You could read this book to older kids. It explains how Santa can still exist in modern times. A GREAT BOOK! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carole | 3/28/2011

    " Enjoyable, but light. Did not finish it, but did enjoy the first chapters very much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 3/15/2011

    " nice marriage of fact and fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Malina | 3/13/2011

    " This was a cute read. Overall I would say its best read a chapter at a time to kids. Conveniently 24 chapters that are all fairly short and interesting little stories of Santa's adventures. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jasmith | 3/4/2011

    " It was okay. Just okay. ... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 The Reading Cove | 2/11/2011

    " 85th: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF SANTA CLAUS by Jeff Guinn
    Trivia Winner - Roberta

    ~COVE OPINION: C, Okay story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/17/2011

    " This is an explanation of how Santa Claus came to be. It answers any questions you might have about Santa's toymaking history, his helpers, reindeer, etc. There are many references to historical figures and events all the way back to the birth of Jesus. It's a great book to read in December! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 1/16/2011

    " For the most part...I enjoyed it. I loved how the author explained history as Santa aged, but the historical figures who joined Santa as his 'elves' was kind of weird.
    I would recommend it as a good holiday read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audrey | 1/3/2011

    " Cute and magical xmas story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rickie | 1/1/2011

    " I really liked the beginning of the book up until about page 80 or so. But then it got so boring! You couldn't get attached to any of the characters. The author did too much "telling" and not enough "showing" in his writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryan | 1/1/2011

    " Started out good, lots of interesting facts about how Christmas came to be. Towards the end it just got to be too much and I lost interest. Had I not been listening to it on a trip, I doubt I would have finished it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/30/2010

    " Fun read. I enjoyed the history mixed in with the story. I'm such a Santa Believer after reading this book. How can you not? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 12/28/2010

    " What a great Christmas book. Santa telling the story how it all began. He goes through 17 centuries meeting historical figures along the way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Addy | 12/25/2010

    " this was a VERY good book that reeled me in and it was really good filled with historical fiction and nonfiction facts, however I got bored one-third of the way through it because it was they were just sitting and doing the same things... It was a good christmas read though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 12/18/2010

    " I think I expected more fluff and not so much history. My brain is fried, so fluff was what I was looking for. At a different time, I might have gotten into the history more. "

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About the Author

Jeff Guinn is the bestselling author of several books of fiction and nonfiction, including The Last Gunfight and Go Down Together, which was a finalist for an Edgar Award in 2010. Formerly an award-winning investigative journalist and now a frequent guest on national radio and television programs, he lives in Fort Worth, Texas.

About the Narrator

John H. Mayer is a writer, actor, and audiobook narrator. In 1973, he cowrote Radio Rocket Boy, an award-winning short film. He also has narrated dozens of audiobooks, including American Lion and The Wolf Tree, among many others.