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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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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An excellent read!

If you could sum up The Magic of Youth in three words, what would they be?

Engrossing, Fun, Entertaining

What did you like best about this story?

I loved how it was written, you could use the words to see the story in your mind!

Which character – as performed by Pamela Almand – was your favorite?

I really liked Miss Palmer!

If you could rename The Magic of Youth, what would you call it?

Beauty with words?
I love the title, youth IS magic.

Any additional comments?

Great read, waiting for part 2!

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- Terry

Book Details

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