Orphans at the Carnival

  • by Carol Birch
  • Narrated by Heather Wilds
  • 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Pronounced by the most eminent physician of the day to be "a true hybrid wherein the nature of woman presides over that of the brute", Julia Pastrana stood apart from the other carnival acts. She was fluent in English, French, and Spanish, an accomplished musician with an exquisite singing voice, and equally at ease riding horseback and turning pirouettes - but all anyone noticed was her utterly unusual face. Alternately vilified and celebrated, Julia toured the world, often hobnobbing with high society as she made her fame and fortune.
Beneath the flashy lights and thunderous applause lies a bright, compassionate young woman who only wants people to see beyond her hairy visage - and, perhaps, the chance for love. When Julia visits a mysterious shaman in the back alleys of New Orleans, he gives her a potion and says that she'll find a man within the year. Sure enough, Julia soon meets Theodore Lent, a boyishly charming showman who catapults Julia onto the global stage. As they travel the world, the two fall into an easy intimacy, but the question of whether Theo truly cares for Julia or if his management is just a gentler form of exploitation lingers heavily with every kind word.

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It's better without the audio

The narrator is dull and monotonous. No expression from her at all. She reads too cadence like. Read it without the audio, it's much better that way.
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- Regina

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-08-2016
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books