The Magic of Youth

  • by James Philip Head
  • Narrated by Pamela Almand
  • 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Fame, fortune, and beautiful models - Howard Chandler Christy had them all.
Christy was the most famous American painter of the Jazz Age, a time when an elite brotherhood of New York artists dominated the publishing world. Christy had eclipsed all of them with his ''Christy Girl'', an idealized woman who redefined beauty, influenced fashion, and inspired generations of women.
The Magic of Youth is the first book in An Affair with Beauty - The Mystique of Howard Chandler Christy, a biographical trilogy of the artist's epic life as told primarily through the eyes of his second wife, Nancy, a former Cosmopolitan model once considered to be one of the most beautiful women in America. As she reflects on her life, Nancy tells of first meeting Christy in 1912 and becoming his top model. She is captivated by his irresistible charm and the glamour of his enchanting world, but discovers that things are not always what they seem and even the great Christy has scandalous secrets.

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OUTSTANDING! THIS WILL MAKE A GREAT MOVIE!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Magic of Youth to be better than the print version?

The audio version brings the true, epic story of legendary painter Howard Chandler Christy to life. Although it is biographical in nature, the narrative flows like a best-selling novel, both lyrical and nostalgic. The print version is also excellent with 63 color and black and white photos and illustrations placed throughout the hardbound book. Both are of the highest quality.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Magic of Youth?

There are so many memorable scenes in the story. One such indelible event was Christy's lavish lawn party in the summer of 1912 at his mansion The Barracks where the guest of honor is the famous mystery writer Mary Roberts Rinehart. Hundreds of guests fill the Christy green in their summer finery.


Have you listened to any of Pamela Almand’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I have not, but I will definitely do so. Her voice is pitch perfect for the narration as she channels Nancy Palmer Christy, a former Cosmopolitan model and beauty. Her voices for each of the other characters (as expressed by and through Nancy) is incomparable, if not astounding.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The most famous painter of the Jazz Age. In his quest for true beauty, he captured an era.


Any additional comments?

A book reader's must. This is destined to become a classic---a rare story where true life becomes art, and the art of life is the true story.

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- JFH

A fascinating memoir

I was surprised with how this memoir was put together and told. I normally don't read/listen to memoirs/biographies, but this was an compelling story. As an artist myself, I also learned to see many things through another artist's eyes. It's defenitely a book I'm going to listen to more than once!

The painter, Howard Chandler Christy's story is told by his wife Nancy, who had kept many diaries documenting her life with him. Howard Chandler Christy was obsessed with beauty and painting beautiful people. His special visual talent made him famous all over the world. The writing is compelling, beautiful and lyrical and my ears were swimming with imaginative vocabulary.

The story was narrated by Pamela Almand and she did an outstanding job. Her voice pulls you into the world of Christy and you're captivated from the first moment. It's not easy to narrate a non-fiction story, but Pamela nailed it.

*This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review.
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- Simona

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-11-2016
  • Publisher: James Philip Head