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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:
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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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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! "

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