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