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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (744 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Hough Narrator: Betty Bobbitt Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2005 ISBN:
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Barely five feet tall, suicidally courageous, obsessed with tigers, and sexually eccentric, Mabel Stark was the greatest female tiger trainer in history. Clad in her leather suits and married five times, she was the Mae West of tiger taming. In the 1910s and 1920s, when circus was the most popular entertainment in America, Mabel Stark was the biggest attraction for the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey circus.

This vibrant and moving fictional autobiography begins in 1968. Mabel is turning 80 and is about to lose her job. Faced with the loss of her beloved cats, she looks back on her life, her escapades and tragedies, her love affairs with tigers and men. She confronts her darkest secrets, her guilt at committing the worst thing one person can do to another. Now, with the end of life in sight, there is one thing above all else she needs to do. Mabel wants to confess.

Exuberant and inventive, The Final Confession of Mabel Stark transports its readers to the carnival world of the Big Top to an age before cinema and television, when circus performers were superstars.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gretchen | 2/18/2014

    " I loved this book so so so much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila Bennett | 2/14/2014

    " An interesting life story of a woman who worked for various circuses in the early 1900's and was well-known for her tiger act. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 2/11/2014

    " gave up. just not that compelling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 2/6/2014

    " I found this book on the clearance rack and thought that the story seemed like it would be interesting. I mistakenly thought it was narrative non-fiction, which I really enjoy, but alas, it is "narrative-driven nonfiction." Not quite the same thing! Still, I gave it a shot, but having read over 100 pages, I find that I just don't care what happens next. And the time I can devote to reading is too short to read something I'm just not that interested in. Plus, the writing style is a bit too colloquial for my taste. So, on to the next book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer G | 2/6/2014

    " I don't think I've given a book an A+ since Matthew Kneale's English Passengers. I had just finished Wicked and loved it, but then I read this one and it was one of those rare books where you miss it when it's away from you. I carried this book with me everywhere I went, cracking it over while riding elevators, waiting in line (for anything), and even while walking down the street. Though a fiction book, it's written about the real life of Mabel Stark, a tiger tamer during the heyday of the circus (first half of the 20th century). Despite this woman's unbelievable life and circumstances, you buy it, every word. She has an insight into people (especially men) which is refreshing, insightful, and always amusing. You cheer her on through her several marriages and tut tut through her even more numerous tiger-inducing injuries. Despite the multiple scary attacks from her striped beasts, you are swept up in her deep passion and understanding for these creatures (even if once in awhile you think she needs a reality check). This book was good from beginning to end and only had one part which was a bit too predictable (though still one of the most poignant moments in the book). I loved it. You'll enjoy it. Buy it, read it now! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 2/3/2014

    " Random library shelf pick but really really good. Riveting. "

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

    " I picked this up on sale at Goodwill because I wanted to continue the circus extravaganza after reading Mrs. Tom Thumb. This didn't disappoint. Totally fascinating, and the voice of the protagonist is thoroughly engaging. She's funny, flawed, and completely unique. I mean, tiger trainer. Really? Awesome. The fact that it's based on a true story makes it even more fascinating. But it's not all razzmatazz and big cats. There's real heartache and strength and sadness here. Great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judith | 1/20/2014

    " This book made me want to run away and join the circus. This started a circus/ sideshow act collection in my library. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandy | 1/14/2014

    " I loved this book. It's a shame that plans to make it into a movie fell through. Eh, perhaps it's just as well -- I probably wouldn't have enjoyed seeing such a great story condensed into 90 minutes of film with an actress I didn't care for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 D. | 12/30/2013

    " An old favourite in need of reacquaintance. This is a mildly sensational, fictionalized first-person biography of a woman who didn't often take "No" for an answer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 12/18/2013

    " Biographical fiction...1920's American circus....fictionalized account of first woman tiger trainer. Told from first person POV, so didn't have the details of circus life I had hoped for -- but still a very interesting life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vinnie | 11/29/2013

    " This is a wonderful story of a real life Big Cat Tamer named Mabel Stark, though the story is fiction the actual person and what she did is truly amazing..I encourage anyone to research this lady for an amazing glimpse into the real Mabel Stark. "

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

    " Fascinating and engaging. Lovely and compelling portrait and such interesting details about circus life and big cats. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne B | 10/31/2013

    " another circus book. Pretty graphic in a lot of ways. I had no idea the things they did. It's worth a look. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erich Sysak | 10/14/2013

    " Great writing, exciting plot and endlessly fascinating character. Well done. Bravo! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessie Morgan | 6/9/2012

    " Long read. Hard to get going at first. But incredibly interesting once you do. And, true! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fourthemodicas | 4/22/2012

    " Terrible. The writing was elementary and the story, whereas the idea could have been sensational, was poorly executed and stale. Unless you like horrible books and want to waste your time I wouldn't recommend this book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristina Pecora | 3/28/2012

    " Mabel is an interesting character, as are all the other characters in this novel. Hard to believe this is fiction, harder still to think it was based on a real person! A thoroughly enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra | 12/2/2011

    " I loved the raw emotions in this book. It's a loose interpretation of the life events of the real Mabel Stark, one of the only women in history to be a lion/tiger tamer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 10/29/2011

    " It is a Kentucky hoot about the fantastic life of a hick tiger trainer with the early circus. Wild. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meggityb | 8/6/2011

    " This book actually got me interested in circus history! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 6/26/2011

    " i read this as it was a recommendation from reading a few other books on my shelf. it was ok. i got bored 3/4 of the way through and stopped reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 4/26/2011

    " Bizaar but great book. Based on a true-to-life lion tamer back in the day of the big tops. Recommended to me by my friend, Mary Ann. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 M | 2/22/2011

    " Lady lion tamer and general good-time gal. Easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 2/9/2011

    " great story about a real woman though fictionalized. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 1/18/2011

    " I enjoyed this book because I'm really interested in Circus History and I work with tigers so I can relate in some ways. Some parts of the book were a little slow and some parts I felt were unnecessary and only added for shock value. I still enjoyed the book though "

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

    " I found it difficult to empathize with the main character since she displayed so little emotion. It wasn't as titillating as the dust cover promised, though, which was pretty disappointing as the description led me to believe there would be some great, shocking relevation about Ms. Stark's life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 10/6/2010

    " Biographical fiction...1920's American circus....fictionalized account of first woman tiger trainer. Told from first person POV, so didn't have the details of circus life I had hoped for -- but still a very interesting life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kitty | 10/5/2010

    " Historical fiction of Mabel Stark, a famous trainer of tigers and her life in the circus. Entertaining, informative although a bit too long. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melody | 9/24/2010

    " I enjoyed the circus storytelling of this book. Listening to it made it better because of the great accents of the characters. Racy in some parts but there are some memorable characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erich | 8/22/2010

    " Great writing, exciting plot and endlessly fascinating character. Well done. Bravo! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 6/18/2010

    " Really loved this book. The wonderous and weird world of the heyday of the circus is personified by the semi fictional main character Mabel Stark. It is really difficult to put words just why I liked it but I i did ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 6/10/2010

    " Absolutley fantastic book.......a pity for it to end! "

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