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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (339 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Candace Fleming Narrator: Christopher Lane Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN:
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Come one, come all to this larger-than-life biography of P. T. Barnum, showman and founder of the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Visit Barnum's American Museum, established in only four weeks! Meet Madame Josephine Clofulia, the Swiss Bearded Lady. Get to know Tom Thumb, a miniature man (only twenty-five inches tall), and his tiny bride (32 inches). Watch as the circus parade goes by, elephants tail to trunk, costumed performers waving, lions yawning. Then, under the big top, as Barnum steps into the spotlight, cast your eyes on the center ring and prepare to be amazed.

Drawing on old circus posters, photographs, etchings, ticket stubs, playbills, award-winning author Candace Fleming presents history as it's never been experienced before - a stupendous, tremendous, showstopping event!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 2/16/2014

    " A fascinating person! I am a great admirer of Candce Fleming. Her books, both fiction and nonfiction are always excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nina Gayle | 2/15/2014

    " This is a well-written and fascinating book complete with sidebars, table of contents, bibliography, source notes, picture credits and index. The illustrations and photographs are marvelous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawn Thrasher | 2/13/2014

    " Barnum's life is so interesting that any book would be a joy to read; Fleming's book, although not perfect, was perfectly enjoyable. My only complaint - and it's a big one - was the many, many inset boxes of text with additional facts and information. WHY? What's the point? If this is a tactic to mimic kids' history textbooks, why would you want to do that? Kids' history text books SUCK. They are Boring. Or is it supposed to appeal to kids' lack of attention and increased reliance on visual cues - then why not include more pictures and less text? This almost - almost, mind you, not completely - ruined the book for me. Fleming is a good writer, so that more than made up for some bad design choices. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 2/10/2014

    " I read this one after seeing Water for Elephants. This makes a perfect report for upper elementary and middle school. It's a bit long at 160 pages, but gives entertaining insight into Barnum and behind the scenes of the circus. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 2/6/2014

    " Fascinating book - I really knew nothing about Barnum before picking up this book. Definitely a book that all libraries should have. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Reid | 1/21/2014

    " This is a young adult book, but it did not pull any punches about P.T.Barnum's life. It was very interesting and presented it in the context of his century.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 1/15/2014

    " This was a very entertaining non-fiction read. I think Candace Fleming is brilliant at making non-fiction crazy interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shiralea Woodhouse | 12/21/2013

    " Really interesting book about Barnum and all the bizarre things he was into! One of my favorite facts: He had his obituary run in the paper before he died so he could read it...ha! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 12/18/2013

    " I loved this book. I loved learning not just about Barnum but also that time in history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia Wikstrom | 12/8/2013

    " Juvenile non-fiction at it's best! A fascinating recap of P.T. Barnum's life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 11/4/2013

    " A lively and interesting biography befitting a lively and interesting man. Author paints a well rounded portrait of Barnum that, while highlighting his innovations and achievements, does not shy away from the less positive aspects of his character. Great fun to read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heloyce | 8/29/2013

    " This book was a fascinating account of a unique man who surrounded himself with other unique people and put them on display. In addition he became a collector of oddities that provided a glimpse into an otherwise unknown world. He was a showman extraordinaire. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzette Gee | 8/2/2013

    " Fun and interesting bioography of the great showman PT Barnum. A larger than life character with some questionable business strategies, but people seemed to love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 6/15/2013

    " Accesible non-fiction AND great book design! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elisabeth W. Rauch | 12/28/2012

    " If you want to laugh out loud about the antics of a crazy man, this biography just might be for you. The details are what makes this story fun. I recommend it as a fun biography that turns out to be a very quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandy | 11/18/2012

    " Fascinating story (fascinating man), very appealing and appropriate visual elements and layout. I found the writing to be a bit awkward at some points. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morgan | 2/3/2012

    " Barnum lead such an interesting life that reading about him is bound to be a fascinating and educational endeavor. The numerous black and white photographs really bring all the individual anecdotes to life. I think this will be a fun read for middle grades kids. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Owen | 11/12/2011

    " As great as the showman himself! I loved this book, and found it to be an easy sell to students in a fourth grade class who like reading Ripleys Believe it or Not type books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 T.R. Locke | 7/20/2011

    " I don't know what disappointed me more in this book, the way Barnum exploited people or the way they praise him for it. Every page is an insult to some person with some mysterious disease that became a side-show attraction for Barnum. Not so sure that I consider that "tremendous" or "stupendous." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yehwan | 7/10/2011

    " This book was an extremely interesting book about strange circus people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 5/30/2011

    " This is a young adult book, but it did not pull any punches about P.T.Barnum's life. It was very interesting and presented it in the context of his century....
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 5/26/2011

    " Accesible non-fiction AND great book design! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nina Gayle | 5/11/2011

    " This is a well-written and fascinating book complete with sidebars, table of contents, bibliography, source notes, picture credits and index. The illustrations and photographs are marvelous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 5/9/2011

    " This was a very entertaining non-fiction read. I think Candace Fleming is brilliant at making non-fiction crazy interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 4/10/2011

    " As great as the showman himself! I loved this book, and found it to be an easy sell to students in a fourth grade class who like reading Ripleys Believe it or Not type books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 2/11/2011

    " Juvenile non-fiction at it's best! A fascinating recap of P.T. Barnum's life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morgan | 1/28/2011

    " Barnum lead such an interesting life that reading about him is bound to be a fascinating and educational endeavor. The numerous black and white photographs really bring all the individual anecdotes to life. I think this will be a fun read for middle grades kids. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolynlam2 | 1/11/2011

    " A fascinating choice to meet that biography reading requirement. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 11/7/2010

    " A lively and interesting biography befitting a lively and interesting man. Author paints a well rounded portrait of Barnum that, while highlighting his innovations and achievements, does not shy away from the less positive aspects of his character. Great fun to read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ani | 10/13/2010

    " this book was really boring (I hate nonfiction books if u haven't noticed). I gave it a two instead of a 1 because I sometimes liked the pictures and the entertaining things "people" that he had. But he was also very cruel to elephants........:( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendall | 10/5/2010

    " I really enjoyed this memoir by Fleming; it is definitely "readable" from beginning to end. Interesting and enjoyable--grades 5 and up. "

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About the Author
Author Candace Fleming

Candace Fleming is the prolific author of The Great and Only Barnum, a YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction nominee and a Publishers Weekly and Booklist Best Book; The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary, a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award recipient; Our Eleanor, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; and Ben Franklin’s Almanac, a James Madison Honor Book. She is also the author of many highly acclaimed picture books.

About the Narrator

Christopher Lane is an award-winning actor, director, and narrator. He is a three-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration and recipient of ten AudioFile Earphones Awards.