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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,021 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Melanie Benjamin Narrator: Kim Mai Guest Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN: 9780307713490
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She was only two feet, eight inches tall, but more than a century later, her legend reaches out to us. As a child, Mercy Lavinia “Vinnie” Warren Bump was encouraged to live a life hidden away from the public. Instead, she reached out to the immortal impresario P. T. Barnum, married the tiny superstar General Tom Thumb in the wedding of the century, and became the world’s most unexpected celebrity. Vinnie’s wedding captivated the nation, preempted coverage of the Civil War, and even ushered her into the White House. But her fame also endangered the person she prized most: her similarly sized sister, Minnie, a gentle soul unable to escape the glare of Vinnie’s spotlight. A barnstorming novel of the Gilded Age, The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb is the irresistible epic of a heroine who conquered the country with a heart as big as her dreams—and whose story will surely win over yours. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Selected for the August 2011 Indie Next List
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith White | 2/20/2014

    " A simple read, The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb was very enjoyable. Particularly, I appreciated the historical viewpoint of Vinnie Bump, a character in our nation's history whom I am not as familiar with, but who had a profound impact on the entertainment industry in the 1800's and beyond. The book displayed the author's propriety, and was a refreshing read compared to some of the more explicit books I've read lately. If you enjoy historical fiction, and are looking for one highlighting such a time in the United States' history, this is a great book to curl up with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittney | 2/18/2014

    " i really enjoyed this. it's a fascinating account of an incredibly innovative time in our history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Key | 2/14/2014

    " Another really enjoyable historical fiction by Melanie Benjamin. I cannot wait for her next book, I'm definitely going to keep up with her novels every time she releases a new one! I highly enjoy her writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristina Hoerner | 2/10/2014

    " I started off really liking this book but ended up feeling it was average. It is the fictional autobiography of the real Lavinia Warren Bump Stratton who was a little person and the wife of the man known as General Tom Thumb. I can't decide if I like Lavinia which is probably why I am unsure of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Novak Bornemeier | 2/8/2014

    " I really enjoy this author. I loved the historical aspect of this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Ann | 1/29/2014

    " Yes Virginia, there was a Mrs. Tom Thumb. Vinnie (Lavinia Warren Bump) spent her lifetime in a body much smaller than her ambition. She certainly lead a charismatic life, but there is no evidence of her ever being happy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ro Givens | 1/22/2014

    " This is a fictional account of a real-life person. I thought the main character was kind of passive-dramatic. She was never really passionate about anything, but she seemed to have inner turmoil about everything. And the book was pretty depressing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colette | 1/15/2014

    " I really wanted to give 3 1/2 stars "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 11/22/2013

    " I am not sure how much of this book is fact and how much is fiction, but I really enjoyed the book. It was a wonderful story about a person that I knew nothing about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Madeline | 11/22/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. If you like historical fiction and anything to do with circus stories or carnivals, then you'll love this one! The story was a little long in the middle, but overall a fast, easy, enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Seck | 11/17/2013

    " Although this is historical fiction, the views of the protagonist are timeless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 11/11/2013

    " This is a darling " little " story ! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kitty | 8/16/2013

    " Title is self explanatory. Very entertaining, I enjoyed it very much although I didn't much care for "Mrs Thumb",she was manipulative, distrusting and controlling although who knows what she really felt like being only 38" tall. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tj | 8/4/2013

    " I love historical fiction especially Civil War-era, and of course, the fictionalization of such interesting characters should have had me. But I just didn't care for any of the characters and pushed myself to finish this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 6/20/2013

    " I wanted to like this more than I did, which was exactly how I felt about her other book Alice Have I Been. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorelie | 6/4/2013

    " Loved getting to know Lavinia Warren Bump Stratton. This is a woman with an ego that was larger than life! Enjoyable historical fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaime | 12/9/2012

    " Entertaining. Can hardly wait to read The Aviator's wife. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Turner | 8/4/2012

    " A good novel that sent me to the Internet to find the facts. The author seems to have kept very close to what is known about Vinnie, just adding the thoughts and emotions. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda Hali | 2/7/2012

    " Disappointing. Great concept and some intersting backround - but the narrative voice seemed dated, cloying, and much of the story seemed repetitive in plot and language. I also found our heroine to 'all-knowing' at age 17 for a sheltered, small town,samll person in the late 1800's. Sigh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiki | 1/23/2012

    " What a great ride this novel was! I loved spending time with Vinnie and PT Barnum - great tales and characters. How neat to be famous for being short! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vaunette | 12/11/2011

    " Truly enjoyed this book. Vinnie was a bit cold and calous but not everyone in life is warm and fuzzy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ebony | 12/5/2011

    " I'm a fan of historical fiction so this book was fun for me. A bit slow at the start but after the first 60 pages or so it really flies. Added bonus: The P.T. Barnum history throughout was fun for this circus lover. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 10/28/2011

    " I found this to be a fascinating story. I knew a bit about Tom Thumb, but knew nothing about his wife. Even though this book was fiction, it read like a diary or true autobiography. After reading and enjoying this book, I wanted to know more and did some research on my own. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 10/24/2011

    " Great historical fiction. I really loved this book, mostly because I didn't always "like" the main character. She was real, with flaws! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louisa | 10/21/2011

    " I really like this book. Very touching and thought provoking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 10/15/2011

    " This is a book written about someone who has a lot of regrets about life, but who probably wouldn't have changed anything if given the opportunity to do so. An interesting character study, and I think I'm at an age to see how true to life that can be. Worth a read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Libby | 10/15/2011

    " Good job of transporting us to the mid-19th century and into the skin of Vinnie Warren Stratton, miniature woman who escapes from a scary showman due to the Civil War, and later signs up with P. T. Barnum, who orchestrates her marriage to Tom Thumb. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanie | 10/14/2011

    " This was a good look at life during that time and how to live life as a little person. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 10/14/2011

    " When I read an interesting novel based on a real person's life, it makes me want to go find an actual biography to see if the fiction matches the fact (minus imagined conversations, etc., of course). That said, I enjoy this writing format and would recommend this book to others who do as well. "

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About the Author
Author Melanie Benjamin

Melanie Benjamin is the author of several critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling historical novels, including The Aviator’s Wife and Alice I Have Been.

About the Narrator

Kim Mai Guest is a multilingual voice actress who has worked extensively in animation, video games, and audiobook narration. She has won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and was a cofinalist in 2008 for the Audie Award for best science-fiction narration.