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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

This is a fascinating exciting and true biography

Where does The Magic of Youth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

best of the non-fiction books

What about Pamela Almand’s performance did you like?

She makes this come alive and keeps the story interesting even with the historical background details. This is not the usual dry biography and it is told with a storyteller's skill.

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

Gatsby of the Art World

Any additional comments?

It makes me want to know much more about this artist and why he wasn't famous. I would like to listen to the next book written by Head.

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- Listener

This reads like a novel and I can't wait for #2

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it is beautifully-written and the voice is perfect for the characters and story

Which scene was your favorite?

When Nancy first came to the mansion on the hill and discovered it was Howard's home and she was already falling in love with him. I liked the character's voices and the descriptions of the amazing times they lived in and the famous friends they had.

Who was the most memorable character of The Magic of Youth and why?


Any additional comments?

This was an easy book to listen to and the reader had a smooth pleasant delivery that matched what I pictured perfectly and was never boring as in some biographies I have listened to.

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- Love2Listen

Book Details

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