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3.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 5 3.25 (8 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Roger Highfield Narrator: Gerard Doyle Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2002 ISBN: 9780739304747
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Can reindeer fly? Why is Santa Claus fat? Could scientists clone the perfect Christmas tree? Was the star of Bethlehem really a comet? Why is Rudolph’s nose red? How does Santa manage to deliver presents to an estimated 842 million households in a single night? What could we do to guarantee a white Christmas every year? These are among the questions explored in an irresistibly witty book that illuminates the cherished rituals, legends, and icons of Christmas from a unique and fascinating perspective: science.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan | 12/27/2010

    " If you like reading about all things science, you will like this book. My only complaint is that it talks a lot about science with sometimes thin connections to Christmas. Once I accepted this as a literature review of science attempting to be fun I really enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Derek | 12/20/2010

    " Read the first half of it (more or less) this year. Will read the rest of it next holiday season. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katharine | 6/20/2010

    " This was completely contrived, ridiculous, and not that interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tisha | 1/9/2010

    " Very interesting book, but I just can't get that into it now that Christmas is past. I will bring it out in December and try again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jef | 12/16/2009

    " Some good, like the biochemistry of food and drink. There is some stuff of questionable research like the faith-makes-you-well section. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 2/29/2008

    " Thanks to this book, I now understand the relationship between Santa Claus, flying reindeer, and the hallucinogens in fly agaric mushrooms. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosa | 12/25/2007

    " Borrowed this book from the public library. Very interesting to read and it is good to read just to get in the thanksgiving and christmas season. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellis | 12/21/2007

    " This book is full of a bunch of "gee-whiz" facts related to Christmas. Some of it is pretty interesting some of it not. I was really happy when, after three years of half hearted reading at Christmastime, I finished it. "

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About the Author
Roger Highfield was born in Wales, raised in north London and became the first person to bounce a neutron off a soap bubble. He has written seven books, sat on a few committees and was the science editor of The Daily Telegraph for two decades. Today, he is the Editor of New Scientist magazine, the global science and technology weekly.
About the Narrator

Gerard Doyle was born of Irish parents and raised in Hertfordshire, England. In Great Britain he has enjoyed an extensive career in both television and repertory theater and toured nationally and internationally with the English Shakespeare Company. He has appeared in London’s West End in the gritty musical The Hired Man. In America he has appeared on Broadway in The Weir and on television in New York Undercover and Law & Order. A seasoned narrator of audiobooks, he has been awarded eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and in 2006 won the prestigious Audie Award for his reading of Blackstone’s recording of The Dead Yard by Adrian McKinty. He lives with his wife and two children in Sag Harbor, New York.