• Barnum's Own Story

  • The Autobiography of P. T. Barnum
  • By: P. T. Barnum
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 16 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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P. T. Barnum's career of showmanship and charlatanry was marked by a surprising undercurrent of honesty and forthrightness. His exuberant autobiography forms a happy combination of all those traits, revealing the whole story of his world-famous hoaxes and publicity stunts. Here is a pageant of 19th-century America's gullibility and thirst for marvels, as told by the master of revels himself.  

A born storyteller, Barnum recalls his association with Tom Thumb, his audience with Queen Victoria, and his trouble keeping Jenny Lind's angelic image intact during a trying tour. He tells of Jumbo, the most famous elephant in history, from the creature's heroic arrival in America to its tragic death in a railroad accident; of his attempts to transfer Shakespeare's house and Madame Tussaud's Waxworks from England to New York; and of his triumphant reentry into public life after financial failure and five disastrous fires had all but wiped him out. The true-life tale of a man of boundless imagination and indomitable energy, Barnum's autobiography embodies the spirit of America's most exciting boom years.

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The Greatest Showman

Had to give this a listen after watching The Greatest Showman…
I knew from watching that, they ruined what was probably a very amazing story.
After listening to this it’s astonishing that really Nothing in that movie was accurate. More so, how great it could be this story accurately portrayed by Hollywood.
His life was an amazing spectacle.
God bless Barnum…. So much joy he brought to the World… a truly Honest Man…

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