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John

John Belleville, IL, United States

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  • "Full Moon + Jeremy Sinden = A Full ..."

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    Like Frederick Davidson, Jeremy Sinden gets the inner meaning of Wodehouse, extracting every drop of irony, sarcasm, mock-melodrama or just plain humor from every single line. His vocal portrayals are pitch-perfect; one gets a visual image of every character. His timing and pacing are impeccable. His diction is downright Harovian. Or Etonian, take your pick.

    But then again, like any actor with a great script, Sinden has a lot to work with here. Full Moon is one of the highest spots in the Wodehouse bookshelf, a tumultuous romp through the spreading park lands and messuages of Blandings Castle, where:

    Veronica Wedge ("the dumbest blonde in Shropshire") and Tipton Plimson ("rather a self-centered young man") find love

    Colonel Egbert (complete with service revolver) and Lady Hermione Wedge (who looks like a cook) find a rich son-in-law

    Bill Lister ("Blister" to his pals) finds he isn't cut out for the life artistic but is cut out for life with Prudence ("that little squirt") Garland

    Lord Emsworth ("that woolen-headed peer") finds peace when everybody finally clears out of his house and leaves him with his prize porker, Empress of Blandings and his favorite reading, "On the Care of the Pig", by the great Augustus Whiffle

    And the Hon. Galahad Threepwood finds he can make it all come about with an adroit mixture of lies, half-truths, tall tales, brisk staff work...and putting the Empress in Veronica's bedroom.

    Don't worry, I haven't given anything away. In Wodehouse everyone--at least, all the deserving ones--get exactly what they want. The fun--and there is a great deal of fun here, served up with no unstinting hand--is seeing how they get it. Jeremy Sinden makes Wodehouse in your ear buds even better that Wodehouse off the printed page.

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    Full Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jeremy Sinden
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    The moon beamed down genially on the turrets and battlements of Blandings Castle. Sleep, however, eluded Clarence, ninth Earl of Emsworth. To be compelled to play host to his younger son, Freddie, was enough; add his sister Veronica and a chap called Tipton Plimsoll and you have a situation at which the doughtiest earl might quail...

    John says: "Full Moon + Jeremy Sinden = A Full Hand"
  • "Zulu warriors. Private Detectives. ..."

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    Uncle Fred is one of Wodehouse's most engaging characters. Uncle Fred in the Springtime is one of his best books. And Jonathan Cecil's performance is does full justice to them both.

    First, there is Cecil's ability to give each character a distinctive (and appropriate) vocal portrayal. Then there is his consistency in those portrayals. Add his ability to get every nuance out of every line and you have a full hand.

    But wait, there's more. This is simply one of the best books in the Wodehouse canon. Start with a plot so tangled it may take a few listens to get it fixed in your mind (fear not; this is a story and a reading that gets better with every hearing). Add those various situations--from a Zulu warrior wedged into a phone booth to a spot of indoor artillery practice--that could only happen in the world according to Wodehouse. And to top it all off, there's Uncle Fred, his jumpy nephew Pongo and the lovely, lissom Polly Pott, crashing the exclusive gates of Blandings Castle posing as...

    Well, you'll just have to listen.

    Added goose: unlike some of the Wodehouse offered by Audible, this recording is crystal clear.

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    Uncle Fred in the Springtime

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    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
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    Uncle Fred, or to give him his full title: Fredrick Altamont Cornwallis Twistleton, fifth Earl of Ickenham, is considered by some as a "splendid gentleman, a sportsman to his fingertips". Mr Twistleton, nephew to Earl, and otherwise known as "Pongo" to his friends, has a differing view. He simply describes his uncle as "being loopy to the tonsils".

    Patricia Marino says: "Perfection"
  • "A Novelist, A Playboy, Criminals & ..."

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    Wodehouse is most famous for two series, the Bertie and Jeeves novels and stories and what Wodehouse himself once referred to as “the Blandings Castle saga”.

    Those who have explored the Master’s canon a little more deeply are familiar with two other delightful recurring characters: Ukridge (“that foe of the human race”) and the nephew-rich Mr. Mulliner. Below that strata are what might be identified as the “Valley Fields Chronicles”, a series of loosely-connected novels that revolve around that much-abused suburb, including such gems as Sam the Sudden (1925), Big Money (1931) and Ice in the Bedroom (1961).

    Then there are all the, for lack of a better term, “one-offs”: novels with characters that never recur elsewhere, each set in a place that seldom if ever figures in other tales. Among these particular delicacies, Hot Water is one of the most delectable.

    Admittedly, Gordon (“Oily” to his friends) Carlisle and Gerty (the tree on which the fruit of his larcenous life hangs) are recurring characters (most delightfully in Cocktail Time, 1958). But the main characters, Packy Franklyn, Lady Beatrice Bracken, Blair Eggleston, Senator Opal, his charming daughter Jane, the Gedges and the “Veek”, while all recognizable Wodehouse types, are all indigenous to this one story.

    And what a tangled, funny, sweet, ridiculous story it is. There’s no point in summing up the plot because that would ruin the fun. Just imagine what a U.S. Senator, having been elected and re-elected for years on a sound “Dry” platform, would do if a woman—a woman who wants him to grant her husband a particular political favor—suddenly came into possession of his latest letter…to…his…bootlegger.

    Jonathan Cecil is very near the top of his game on this one—not quite as good as his performances on Young Men in Spats or Uncle Fred in the Springtime, but very close. Occasionally he fails to pace himself, running out of breath on some of Wodehouse’s longer sentences but, while disappointing, this doesn’t get in the way of the fun. Every character comes through your earphones as a three-dimensional individual, and no nuance is missed.

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    Hot Water

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    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
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    The house-party at Chateau Blissac, Brittany features a rather odd array of guests this year. Mr. J. Wellington Gedge is hoping for some peace and quiet while his wife takes herself off for a while. She, however, has invited numerous visitors to the chateau, to whom he will have to play reluctant host. Senator Opal and his daughter are expected, and so is the chateau's handsome owner Vicomte de Blissac.

    Leslie says: "One of my favorites from audible"
  1. Full Moon
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  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    "Full of Surprises and Unexpected Events"

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

    A funny, funny (in a dry humor, tongue-in-cheek, sort of way) book that is fascinating! Full of surprises and unexpected events. I am enjoying it sooo much! And the narrator is perfect! I listen to it on my audible.com app on my iPhone and laugh out loud a lot. I imagine, that when I am driving and the phone sits on the dash playing away, and I guffaw for several seconds, other drivers must get a bit alarmed, since there appears to be no obvious reason for my behavior. Take a listen to it and you will understand! Highly recommended!


    What about Steven Crossley’s performance did you like?

    Sounds almost as if he is narrating something about which he has personal knowledge. Like he, himself, had witnessed the events!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I had the uninterrupted time I would. As it was, this afternoon, for instance, my dog tore apart several things in the other room while I listened to the book, rapt, and oblivious to the noises from the other end of the house! The book REALLY engages me!!!


    Any additional comments?

    If you know someone with a dry sense of humor or who likes quirky stories, this is the book for them! What a wonderful gift it would make for the holiday season! Thoroughly entertaining! I could imagine a group sitting and listening...and laughing and laughing! Why, they might even want to pause the reading and discuss parts of the story, considering how much history is brought up in it! A book that would be of interest and understandable equally for Europeans and Americans, which is not all that common among books.

  • Insane City

    "It is Barry - it is Florida - it is INSANE!"

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    Where does Insane City rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the funniest stories I have ever had the pleasure to hear! Laugh outloud-funny!


    What did you like best about this story?

    You never know what is going to happen next- and likely, you could never even guess. Certainly, there is some crudeness and a good bit of cussing (not gratuitous-it all is appropriate for the characters and to what is happening in the story), but, in typical Dave Barry style, it's all worth it! The reading is just fine. If you have heard Dave Barry speak or read his own material, it is no different. He reads matter-of-factly, letting the humor of the phrasing and the insane storyline make you laugh. The characters, their names and personalities, the situations in which they get involved and embroiled and entangled, are the usual wonderful products of Dave Barry's creative comedic mind. And, best of all, this funny and suspenseful, zany book is full of happy endings.


    What about Dave Barry and The Gza ’s performance did you like?

    Dave Barry did a very good job. The storyline worked well with his rather matter-of-fact style. (The Gza? Never heard him on here.)


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Megan kissed Trevor and Trevor, though seriously wounded, followed her.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Dave Barry, you will like this book. It is Barry - it is Florida - it is INSANE!!!!!

  • Lunatics: A Novel

    "Zaniest book I have ever encountered!!!!"

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    Would you listen to Lunatics again? Why?

    I would listen again because I know I failed to hear some parts due to laughing so much.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Horkman was my favorite character. I could relate to everything about him. And Peckerman was my least favorite. But without him, there could have been no story.


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

    This is a great Dave Barry performance and Alan Zweibel is fantastic!!! They sounded like all this had actually personally happened to them!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to this every chance I got till I finally finished it. It was spellbinding. Really, this book is so, so zany, which I loved, and the whole crazy storyline makes sense. It was great the way it poked well-deserved fun at many current world situations and the media's coverage of them. Some people say about a difficult situation, "I could laugh or I could cry. I chose to laugh." This is the book's take on some major problems in today's world. It will make you laugh. And if you are in a better mood, you will be better able to deal with whatever life throws at you. And that is why I like funny books, and the more funny books, the better!


    Any additional comments?

    Lunatics is like a very calm and subdued version of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson and Narrated by Steven Crossley, but with a lot more action and cussing. If you don't mind rude language (and normally I DO mind, but in Lunatics it was okay- it was appropriate and integral to the storyline...I know, I know...but take my word for it, if you can) and if you like funny books, you will like this. Just don't play it while the children are within earshot. Other authors I have read (listened to) who write stories like this are P.G. Wodehouse, Dave Barry (of course), Janet Evanovich, M.C. Beaton, Rhys Bowen, Jerome K. Jerome, and Woody Allen. But their stories dilute out or distribute out the zaniness much more so than does Lunatics which is "chock full of nuts"!

  • Pros and Cons: A Short Story

    "Excellent prologue to The Heist!"

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    If you could sum up Pros and Cons: A Short Story in three words, what would they be?

    Woo hoo, Nick!


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story was an excellent prologue to The Heist, a full-length story with the same characters. I wish it had been listed as such on Audible.com. I listened to The Heist first. But it was okay to hear them in opposite order.


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

    For a man, Scott Brick is not a bad reader! He has a good voice for this sort of stuff! Adds more interest to the characters!


    Who was the most memorable character of Pros and Cons: A Short Story and why?

    Kate, the main character, is easily related to by anyone. Though she has a very specialized job, she also can be clumsy, messy, and has self-image issues...just like us! So the listener can relate when she falls over her own two feet, but also rejoice when her intuition is right on the money!


    Any additional comments?

    In a short amount of time, the listener gets a good idea of the main character and her "nemesis" and what each wants out of life. The story is interesting and exciting and ends just the way you would want it to (though not the way the main character seems to want it to end).

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    12 of 13 helpful votes

    This book is so zany and the sexual innuendos are hilarious. Thank you for the LOL's

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    Claire is a 20-something, single mom who grudgingly helps her best friend sell sex toys while she attempts to make enough money to start her own business to give her foul-mouthed, but extremely loveable (when he's asleep) toddler a better life. When Carter, the one-night-stand from her past that changed her life forever, shows up in her hometown bar without any recollection of her besides her unique chocolate scent, Claire will make it a point that he remembers her this time. With Carter's undisguised shock at suddenly finding out he has a four-year-old son and Claire's panic that her stretch marks and slim-to-none bedroom experience will send the man of her dreams heading for the hills, the pair will do whatever they can to get their happily ever after.

    Angela says: "Very Good"

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    Tad Davis says: "Perfect narrator"
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    The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

    Jon says: "Well Done"
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War (






ABRIDGED) by Max Brooks Narrated by Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, Rob Reiner

    World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (5310)
    Performance
    (3573)
    Story
    (3583)

    The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls, to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.

    Steve says: "Good but Too Short!"
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  • The Serpent of Venice: A Novel (






UNABRIDGED) by Christopher Moore Narrated by Euan Morton

    The Serpent of Venice: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (473)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (436)

    Venice, a really long time ago: Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy from Britain who also happens to be a favorite of the Doge: The rascal-Fool Pocket. This trio of cunning plotters have lured Pocket to a dark dungeon, promising a spirited evening. Their invitation is, of course, bogus. These scoundrels have something far less amusing planned for the man who has consistently foiled their quest for power and wealth. But this Fool is no fool.…

    Amazon Customer says: "Moore sophomoric humor riffing off the Bard's time"
  • Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel (






UNABRIDGED) by Janet Evanovich Narrated by Lorelei King

    Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1732)
    Performance
    (1509)
    Story
    (1523)

    After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton's premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it's on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape...or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive.

    G. House Sr. says: "Tedious Formulaic with same-old same-old"
  • Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story (






UNABRIDGED) by Christopher Moore Narrated by Susan Bennett

    Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    Overall
    (2199)
    Performance
    (1043)
    Story
    (1063)

    A striking red-head, 20-something Jody is attacked and transformed into a vampire while walking home one night in downtown San Francisco. Befriending 19-year-old Tommy, Jody tries to understand her new undead life, but trouble finds her when the cops start suspecting Tommy of being a local bloodsucking serial killer.

    SHEILA says: "Bloodsucking FUN!"
  • Neanderthal Seeks Human: A Smart Romance, Knitting in the City, Volume 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Penny Reid Narrated by Jennifer Grace

    Neanderthal Seeks Human: A Smart Romance, Knitting in the City, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Penny Reid
    • Narrated By Jennifer Grace
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    After losing her boyfriend, apartment, and job in the same day, Janie Morris can't help wondering what new torment fate has in store. To her utter mortification, Quinn Sullivan- aka Sir McHotpants- witnesses it all then keeps turning up like a pair of shoes you lust after but can't afford. The last thing she expects is for Quinn - the focus of her slightly, albeit harmless, stalkerish tendencies - to make her an offer she can't refuse.

    Sharon says: "Could Not Stop Listening....."
  • Tantric Coconuts (






UNABRIDGED) by Greg Kincaid Narrated by Adam Verner

    Tantric Coconuts

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Greg Kincaid
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    Overall
    (0)
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    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Free spirit Angel Two Sparrows, artist and musician extraordinaire, is having trouble making ends meet. On the verge of desperation, she inherits her crazy aunt Lilly's bookmobile and half-wolf named No Barks and dreams up yet another life plan. Painting her business card on the side of the minivan, Angel and her trusty companion set off on a pilgrimage across America hoping to jump-start her new profession: Native American spiritual consultant.

  • Puttin' on the Ritz: This Is Not What I Expected (






UNABRIDGED) by Lisa Kinsey Narrated by Patrick M. Seymour

    Puttin' on the Ritz: This Is Not What I Expected

    • UNABRIDGED (5 mins)
    • By Lisa Kinsey
    • Narrated By Patrick M. Seymour
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Dear S-F, I saw you were having a bad day. Summer Internship? That's rough. Payin' Dues? We're all payin' dues. It never ends. Especially, when you wanna make it real. Gotta find a way to relax-in-it. You're gonna make it. You made me laugh, S-F!

  • Low Expectations (






UNABRIDGED) by Elizabeth Aaron Narrated by Penelope Rawlins

    Low Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Aaron
    • Narrated By Penelope Rawlins
    Overall
    (0)
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    (0)
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    (0)

    Georgie has a glamorous career in fashion. Her boss doesn't know her name, but working for a genius will pay off one day. She hopes. She also has great friends.Granted, they're sometimes a bit superficial, but who wants to discuss a global crisis on a Friday night? And she's enjoying her single life. Eighteen months of celibacy, and not a hot prospect in sight. Perhaps life's not quite what she was hoping for.... But how can she change it, and what does she really want?

  • Fates, Flowers: A Comedy of New York (






UNABRIDGED) by Matthew Waterhouse Narrated by Matthew Waterhouse

    Fates, Flowers: A Comedy of New York

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Matthew Waterhouse
    • Narrated By Matthew Waterhouse
    Overall
    (0)
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    (0)
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    (0)

    Sara Smith is one of the most monstrous characters you can hope to meet. She lives in Greenwich Village on Life Insurance, courtesy of her late husband, but she has fallen into a dreary routine: work in a card shop by day, where she is the rudest sales clerk imaginable, and weary evenings passed in the same cellar bar night after night with the same old people. But when she meets and seduces a gorgeous boy called Steve, she has no idea what she is getting herself into.

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  • You're Not Much Use to Anyone: A Novel (






UNABRIDGED) by David Shapiro Narrated by Nick Podehl

    You're Not Much Use to Anyone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By David Shapiro
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    Overall
    (0)
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    (0)
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    (0)

    David is a freshly minted NYU grad who's working a not-quite-entry-level job, falling in love, and telling his parents he's studying for the LSAT. He starts a Tumblr blog, typing out posts on his BlackBerry under his desk - a blog that becomes wildly popular and brings him to the attention of major media (The New York Times) as well as the White House. But his outward fame doesn't quell his confusion about the world and his direction in it.

  • One Big Damn Puzzler (






UNABRIDGED) by John Harding Narrated by Peter Brooke

    One Big Damn Puzzler

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Harding
    • Narrated By Peter Brooke
    Overall
    (0)
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    (0)
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    (0)

    On a remote South Pacific island, the struggles of an elderly tribesman to translate Hamlet into local pidgin English are interrupted by the arrival of an unexpected visitor. William Hardt is an obsessive young American lawyer who has come to help. From that moment on, nothing will ever be the same - for what (and who) William finds on the island will challenge both his and our notions about love, life, and even death.

  • Vanitas (






UNABRIDGED) by Matthew Waterhouse Narrated by Matthew Waterhouse

    Vanitas

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Matthew Waterhouse
    • Narrated By Matthew Waterhouse
    Overall
    (0)
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    (0)
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    (0)

    "When you wish upon a star..." ...Your dreams come true? They did, at any rate, for Florinda Quenby, though not in the way she had planned. When she flew out to Hollywood to become a movie star, she could not imagine the terrible struggles ahead of her, from riches back to rags. Fame and wealth finally came from an entirely different quarter - her fantastical soup factory in Harlem, modelled on the Taj Mahal.