Ellen Bryson's first novel, The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno earned instant critical acclaim. This first-person narrative follows one of P.T. Barnum's socalled freaks on a mesmerizing journey of self-discovery. Bartholomew is a feature attraction at Barnum's American Museum as the world's thinnest man. He enjoys providing audiences with a glimpse at their inner selves reflected in his emaciated figure. Now, however, after a decade in the museum, Bartholomew finds his contentment waning while his desires to travel and explore grow. His opportunity arrives on the eve of President Lincoln's funeral, when a mysterious veiled woman appears, accompanied by Mr. Barnum. Everyone is captivated by this stranger-including the master showman himself, who enlists Bartholomew to monitor her movements and report back to him. America of 1865 is laid bare as Bartholomew's insightful gaze takes in the world around him. Through Jeff Woodman's masterful performance, listeners become immersed in a tale of love, freedom, and the heart's deepest longings.
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"Bartholomew Fortuno, the thinnest man in the world, believes himself to be a true prodigy. Alongside his colleagues--a fat lady, a giant, a bearded woman, and others--he works in P.T. Barnum's New York museum. Jeff Woodman puts on a show with his narration of Bartholomew's transformation as he provides a wide variety of accents and pitches that help paint a fuller picture of the "human curiosities" in Barnum's employ. The story, told from Bartholomew's point of view, is kept moving by Woodman's excitement and full range of expression in revealing Bartholomew's discoveries about himself and about the "real world." Woodman's voice goes up and down the scale with the dialogue of the hodgepodge of characters in Bartholomew's world, with the voice of the boisterous, slightly lecherous, and consummate showman Barnum being especially memorable. E.N. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"
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