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.
©2016 James Philip Head (P)2016 James Philip Head
No. I will listen to the next book in the trilogy however.
I could picture the light-filled studio and the events leading up to the artist's death drew me into that moment.
The female narrator has a wonderful voice well suited to this. She is able to convey emotion and different genders's voices successfully and without the overly dramatic reads many narrators give. I have not listened to any other audiobooks my this narrator but will do so.
I'm new into audiobooks but now I'm hooked and listen to everything!
It is right up there. It makes a true story with all the historical details very interesting and thrilling and you know the writer knows what he is talking about.
I have listened to a lot of her audiobooks but this is the first biography I have listened to. She brings the same energy and emotion to this book to make even a non-fiction book exciting and interesting. She gives a distinct voice to each person and makes you feel like you're right there with them all.
I didn't want it to end and I think it ended too abruptly without answering my questions but I'll certainly listen to the second one to find out the rest of the story.
best of the non-fiction books
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.
Gatsby of the Art World
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.
Yes, it is beautifully-written and the voice is perfect for the characters and story
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.
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.
Engrossing, Fun, Entertaining
I loved how it was written, you could use the words to see the story in your mind!
I really liked Miss Palmer!
Beauty with words?
I love the title, youth IS magic.
Great read, waiting for part 2!
I'm a life long avid reader with an hour commute for work. Audible makes my commute actually something to look forward to. I'm a registered nurse in women's health at a very busy hospital and love it.
No, I usually only listen to a book once, but I have recommended this book to friends.
I loved that it captured so lyrically a time and place I knew nothing about and took me on a journey. It reads like a novel.
No, this is the first book I've listened to her narrate.
I knew nothing about Howard Chandler Christy before I listened to this book. I do not typically listen to biographies, I prefer fiction generally. This book was slow for me to get involved with and I almost gave up after the first chapter but I am glad I did not. It read more like a novel and sucked me in.
This book was hard to put down as I felt as if I was in the moment captured by the author through each chapter. A must read or listen through audible! I can't wait for the following books to come out!!!
Denzil and Judy share this account. Some reviews (Bond and Sci Fi) are Denzil and the chick lit reviews are Judy.
Yes, it gave a rich and colorful look into a time and place I had not known much about before
That it was written by the viewpoint of his wife and told of all the famous people he knew.
When Nancy fell in love with Howard
An interesting man in a glamourous world
This was not my usual genre for listening but I was enjoyed the story very much.
The story unfolds to show you the man behind the name Howard Christy. I'm not always a fan of biographies, but this one is really worth a listen.
Every person has a story to tell, usually from more than one side and this is just the beginning. Beauty is really only skin deep and in the eye of the beholder, but when youthfulness fades do make sure that others can find it in you.
Howard Christy was always searching for true beauty, that which can be found in the character of a person. In this book it describes the commitment that is needed to find true beauty. Nothing that is of value comes easily and thus through hardships and hard work all can be achieved.
This story is inspiring from both Christy's and his wife's point of view. Find inspiration and humor in their story and really incorporate it into your own.
When Howawrd thinks back to occurances in his life, he always sees the good and beauty in all. He acknowledges that which was not right and remembers it to be able to not do it again.
The time when he as a barefoot boy was named as the artist of a painting in the newspaper, his first brush with fame.
Audible addict. Love picking up a new read.......review everything I've listened to on audible.
The first of a trilogy about the artist. I was reticent as I knew nothing about Christie. The presentation though is excellent and engaging, the reader having a truly beautiful voice, in keeping with the title.
Story matter is interesting,a biography as told from the perspective of Christies second wife and one of his models. Worth listening to, particularly if interested in art.
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