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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (91 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William J. Bennett Narrator: William J. Bennett Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN: 9780743599399
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If you've ever been asked, "Who is Saint Nicholas?"...

If you've ever wondered if he is just a commercial invention...

If you've ever thought there is no such person...

You may be surprised to know the true Saint Nicholas.

You'll never again think of Santa Claus in quite the same way.

An instant classic by one of America's most respected thinkers, The True Saint Nicholas is a book to be shared with family and friends every year to evoke the true spirit of Christmas. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 12/6/2013

    " This is an interesting book on the life of St. Nicholas. It is very informative although it did not appeal much to my 8 year old boy. I did enjoy it though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 11/23/2013

    " Picked this up as fluff reading at my parents. Turned out not to be that fluffy, but very good. It's a great little history of Saint Nicolas, both fact and legend, and how he evolved into Santa Claus. Would definitely recommend it to pretty much anyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason Ruggles | 11/12/2013

    " The book was OK... I felt like it could have easily been a magazine article, but he decided to add fluff and make it a book. The content was interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeff | 8/21/2013

    " Interesting, but not his best work. Do not recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roz | 8/9/2013

    " Interesting but written at a middle school vocabulary level (so much for the former secretary of education) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan Garner | 6/24/2013

    " Great read. Especially, if you like the history genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carie | 11/4/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. It was neat to learn the history of St. Nicholas and how he has evolved to become Santa Claus today. This was a fun Christmas book to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 6/11/2012

    " This was an interesting history of Saint Nicholas, albeit a little dry. I enjoyed knowing more about his life and passion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan Lestini | 1/8/2012

    " Although somewhat simplistic, still a great read. Gives you a truncated background on the "real" St. Nicholas. Meshes well with the childhood figure of Santa Claus. Recommended for a light read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaylabookworm22 L | 12/7/2011

    " I really liked it :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne | 10/25/2011

    " Really good Christmas read. Loved this presentation of St. Nicholas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terzah | 7/27/2011

    " A quick read, really just a series of anecdotes about the elusive historical St. Nicholas and then a recounting of how he morphed into his modern self. The tone sometimes makes this sound like something you should read aloud to elementary school kids. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eyehavenofilter | 5/31/2011

    " A fact filled charming story about Nicholas and his life to serve God. His contribution to mankind and to the real meaning of Christmas, giving, and sacrifice. Share this with your family and spread the wonder of the real Christmas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carie | 1/13/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. It was neat to learn the history of St. Nicholas and how he has evolved to become Santa Claus today. This was a fun Christmas book to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 1/3/2011

    " Picked this up as fluff reading at my parents. Turned out not to be that fluffy, but very good. It's a great little history of Saint Nicolas, both fact and legend, and how he evolved into Santa Claus. Would definitely recommend it to pretty much anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne | 12/5/2010

    " Really good Christmas read. Loved this presentation of St. Nicholas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 1/20/2010

    " Although somewhat simplistic, still a great read. Gives you a truncated background on the "real" St. Nicholas. Meshes well with the childhood figure of Santa Claus. Recommended for a light read. "

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

    " A quick read, really just a series of anecdotes about the elusive historical St. Nicholas and then a recounting of how he morphed into his modern self. The tone sometimes makes this sound like something you should read aloud to elementary school kids. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roz | 12/14/2009

    " Interesting but written at a middle school vocabulary level (so much for the former secretary of education) "

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About the Author
Author William J. Bennett

William J. Bennett, bestselling author, educator, and speaker, is a conservative pundit, politician, and political theorist. He served as Secretary of Education from 1985 to 1988 under President Ronald Reagan. A former senior editor of the National Review, he writes for the National Review Online, National Review, and Commentary.