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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, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2016 ISBN: 9781440797392
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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 unravelling 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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 1/30/2014

    " I read this b/c Ann Patchett mentioned during her talk at the Nashville library that McCracken is the only person allowed to edit her fiction. I love Patchett, so I thought I'd try McCracken. While her style is very different from Patchett, I really enjoyed this book. I felt like I knew the characters at the end and thought about them even after the book was done (for me, that's a sure sign of a good book!). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eoin | 1/27/2014

    " Precise, surprising metaphor and heart-ache are to be expected. What is harder to grasp is the wholly believable premise that the narrator is an aged vaudevillian looking back through the middle 20th century while still managing that unmistakable McCracken tone. A pleasure. Especially poignant if read in conjunction with her "An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barb | 1/13/2014

    " I didn't finish it. I would have but two books on my library hold list came to me at the same time and I wasn't interested enough in this one to keep reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 1/12/2014

    " It's taking me a while to get into this book but McCracken is fun to read and I'm enjoying it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 SaraK | 1/9/2014

    " Got halfway through, it's due back at the library. Right now, it has not engaged me enough to want to take it out again. Maybe when I go on vacation in a few weeks, but for now, I'll leave it unfinished. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Norah | 12/22/2013

    " I loved this book so much. I need to read it again so I can actually give it a worthwhile review. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marvin | 11/25/2013

    " A good story about a Jew from Des Moines who turns down the opportunity to take over his father's men's clothing store & instead becomes the straight man in a comedy team that becomes very popular in the 1940s & 50s. A good, but not great, book with a number of familiar Iowa & Des Moines references. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 11/14/2013

    " Enjoyable, lagged some in the middle. I liked the subject matter of a comedy duo who rise to success and then break apart. Good for people who appreciate quirky characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miriam | 6/3/2013

    " A really beautiful and intricate (but not over-done) portrait of a man who was haunted by sadness, but performed comedy. This is one of my favorite juxtapositions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lewis | 10/25/2012

    " Again, I'm in love with the sort of relaxed summer reads. This is one of them...well written and with enough umph to keep you going. It's the story of a vaudeville duo that transitions to movies. Typical heartbreak of show business. One holds up the other falls. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alissa | 9/2/2012

    " It took me awhile to get into this book, which is the last in my Elizabeth McCracken kick. For whatever reason the characters and story were not as compelling to me as The Giant's House. However, I liked the time period of the novel and learning more about Vaudeville and early Hollywood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela | 8/20/2012

    " Elizabeth McCaracken is a very lyrical author. Her writing is almost like poetry at times. This was an engaging book with very likable and interesting characters. My only complaint is with the end of the book, which seemed lacking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christi | 8/9/2012

    " I thought this book was just lovely. It took a bit to get into the reminiscent story-telling style but I truly enjoyed this fictional memoir of an Iowa boy turned straight man in a comedy duo in the early part of the 20th century. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karin | 6/8/2012

    " This book was slow, but I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Agathafrye | 5/15/2012

    " Amazing epic story of a comic team's rise to success from the thirties on through to the sixties. Loved it. Thanks to Jason for reminding me to put this and "The Giant's House" on my read list. Five stars again, my friend! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shoshana | 12/30/2011

    " The first third of the book is rather slow and has a few too many details about vaudeville for my taste. But the book picks up and the protagonist grew on me. I think that some of the cultural details of the 40s and 50s might be enjoyable for my parents' generation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alarra | 12/2/2011

    " This just happened to push all my story buttons - love and dysfunctional families, the thin to disappearing line between love and the closest partnerships/frienships, to name a few - and it was funny and amusing and yet broke my heart in several ways "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 8/29/2011

    " Really slow start, but there is a good story worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby Sominski | 8/16/2011

    " I was not in the mood to read this book when I started it, but liked it well enough to revisit it later. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angel | 3/18/2011

    " Heartbreaking. This book was lucky to have had such a talented author to take its story down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 2/22/2011

    " My friend and librarian, Sara Ferris, got me to read The Giant's House years ago. Browsing at te EL library, I found McCracken's third book. It's beautifully crafted and surprising as well as a peek at the lives of people I've never been. Loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pcon | 2/21/2011

    " Elizabeth McCaracken is a very lyrical author. Her writing is almost like poetry at times. This was an engaging book with very likable and interesting characters. My only complaint is with the end of the book, which seemed lacking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharron | 2/18/2011

    " Reads like a memoir of a man from Iowa trying to break into show biz from vaudeville to movies, ages 18 to 90. All his struggles as a B performer, straight man, trying to escape his family, yet prove himself to them, especially his father.
    Interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 2/16/2011

    " very very good, heartbreaking at times, as well as funny "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 SaraK | 1/5/2011

    " Got halfway through, it's due back at the library. Right now, it has not engaged me enough to want to take it out again. Maybe when I go on vacation in a few weeks, but for now, I'll leave it unfinished. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marshaferz | 5/31/2010

    " A wonderful read - very vivid characters, intriguing lives. Reminds me of Kavalier and Klay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pati | 3/3/2010

    " Very good story of a complicated relationship. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karin | 12/30/2009

    " This book was slow, but I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 C and C | 12/28/2009

    " A very enjoyable book with writing that is almost edible. The style is clever, profound, and thorough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 12/14/2009

    " This was a sweet book. It really seemed like an autobiography. I remember seeing an episode of This is Your Life with Laurel and Hardy, and they were downright cruel to Mr. Hardy. This book brought me behind the scenes to what I'll imagine was a very similar experience. "

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About the Author
Author Elizabeth McCrackenElizabeth 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 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.
About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty-eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.