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Written by James McIvor – Audio book performed by Michael Prichard – Unabridged Nonfiction – 1 MP3 COMPACT DISC – 3 hours, 30 minutes
Publisher, Tantor Media (November 2005)
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A heartwarming Civil War tale bound to become an American holiday classic
In the winter of 1862, during the seemingly endless nightmare of the Civil War, a small miracle occurred. Just after Christmas, on the eve of the bloody battle of Stones River in Tennessee, the Union and Confederate armies set up camp within shouting distance of one another. To raise their spirits, they began a volley of patriotic tunes-“Yankee Doodle” drowned out by “Dixie.” Then, during a pause, a Union band struck up the wistful strains of “Home Sweet Home.” A Confederate band chimed in, and soon every regimental band and every soldier, Rebel and Yankee alike, had swelled the chorus. This bittersweet moment is the centerpiece of James McIvor’s portrait in miniature of a country weary of war.
Filled with soldiers’ letters-marked by humor, yearning, and courage–as well as Christmas poems and songs from the period, this is a tale of unabashed holiday spirit for our own divided nation.
About the Performer: Michael Prichard has played several thousand characters during his career. While he has been seen performing over 100 of them in theater and film, Michael is primarily heard – having recorded over 430 full-length books. During his career as a one-man repertory company, he’s recorded many series with running characters, including the complete travis McGee adventures by John D. MacDonald, the complete Nero Wolfe mysteries by Rex Stout, the Dirk Pitt adventures by Clive Cussler and more than a dozen other series by masters of suspense ranging from Georges Simenon and Dashiell Hammett to Robert B. Parker and Tom Clancy — as well as series by greats like Mark Twain, Herman Wouk, John Cheever, and John Updike. He’s won Earphones Awards for three of his non-fiction recordings. SmartMoney Magazine named him one of the Top Ten Golden Voices, an asset he developed as a boy singing at the wheel of a tractor on his family’s farm. Jesuits taught him Latin, Greek, and French. He earned an M.F.A. in theatre from the University of Southern California. In addition to narrating, he works at the Pasadena Playhouse.