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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (642 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth McCracken Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Sometimes in life, opposites are drawn to each other; somehow, each providing the other with something they don't have, but desperately need. National Book Award finalist Elizabeth McCracken pens this graceful, moving tale of an unlikely pairing of two men and their lifelong partnership in show business.

Drawn to Vaudeville from a Jewish upbringing in a small town outside Des Moines, Mose Sharp meets Rocky Carter at a comedy club. Missing his usual sideman, Carter enlists Sharp to participate in his routine. On stage, Carter's hilarious emotional exaggeration and absurdity come into their own with Sharp's deadpan delivery, and just like that, the inseparable duo of Carter and Sharp is born. From Broadway to Hollywood in 1939, the duo finds great success in movies before a series of unforgivable acts tears them apart.

Filled with compassion and beauty, Niagara Falls All Over Again builds up intensely before life's toll harkens the bittersweet unraveling of Carter and Sharp. With the experienced voice of veteran narrator George Guidall, McCracken's prose finds its perfect complement.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Robert Ferguson | 2/19/2014

    " This book is in my top 3 of all time. A beautiful piece of work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Leslie | 2/17/2014

    " I came to this book at exactly the right time; I needed a book I could sink into. It's not radical or experimental, it won't change the direction of modern fiction or transform your view of the possibilities of narrative. But it's really, really good. It was a pure pleasure to read. The characterisation was wonderfully convincing. It tells the story of Carter and Sharp, a comedy team like Abbot and Costello or Laurel and Hardy, a fat funny man and skinny straight man. Mose (known as Mike professionally) Sharp, who supplies the first-person narrative, was the straight man. He tells the story of his life-- a childhood in a large Jewish family in a small town in Iowa, escape from smothering expectations to the vaudeville stage, and a long, successful career with Rocky Carter. He takes us to the worlds of vaudeville and mid-century Hollywood, through marriages and family and the strains and pleasures of his working and personal relationship with Rocky. I enjoyed every word of this book, even got teary towards the end. The most straightforward pleasure I've gotten from a book in ages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joe | 2/10/2014

    " Sibling rivalry, the rise and fall of Vaudeville, the Great Depression, comic teams, young love, forsaken families, and horrendous guilt. There's a lot going on in this little book, perhaps too much. Still it was a fun read and exciting immersion in an earlier time when people left the comfort of their homes seeking entertainment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Valerie | 2/4/2014

    " The story of a Jewish kid who grew up in Valley Junction, Iowa as the only boy in a large family of sisters. Mose Sharp went on to become the straight man half of a successful comedy team first in vaudeville and then on to radio and early Hollywood movies. The setting is show business, but much of the book has to do with relationships. First we meet Mose as a son and brother and later know him as a friend and comedy partner, husband, and father. Mose is familiar with failure and success, loss and happiness. The book is both funny and poignant at the right times. "

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About the Author
Author Elizabeth McCracken

Elizabeth McCracken is the author of The Giant’s House, which was nominated for the National Book Award; Niagara Falls All Over Again, winner of the PEN/Winship Award; and Here's Your Hat What’s Your Hurry, a collection of stories. She earned her BA and MA from Boston University, an MFA from the University of Iowa, and an MS in library science from Drexel University. McCracken has received grants and awards from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the American Academy in Berlin. She is married to the playwright, novelist, and artist, Edward Carey.