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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lydia Nibley, Russell Martin Narrator: Jeff McCarthy Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2015 ISBN: 9781490608310
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At the time of Ludwig van Beethoven’s death, it was a common practice to take a lock of hair from the deceased as a remembrance, a sacred remnant of the person who meant so much when alive. One such lock of Beethoven’s hair survived through the years and eventually became the joint property of two men who, in 1995, opened the sealed frame that encased the hair and began the process of unlocking the mysteries of Beethoven’s life, death, and possibly his genius.

Follow the trail of Beethoven’s hair as it was passed on from the boy who cut it to his son and down through the years, as it was safeguarded from Nazi Germany and eventually sold at auction in 1994. Through careful forensic testing, the hairs in the lock revealed the causes of Beethoven’s deafness and his many illnesses. This fascinating story is not only a study of the secrets that forensics can reveal, but a moving history of many people’s devotion to Beethoven’s music.

Husband and wife team Russell Martin and Lydia Nibley follow the success of Martin’s adult book, Beethoven’s Hair, with this retelling for younger readers.

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About the Author

Russell Martin is the author of several previous books, including Beethoven’s Hair, which was a Los Angeles Times bestseller and a Washington Post Book of the Year. He divides his time between Denver and Salt Lake City.

About the Narrator

Jeff McCarthy is an American voice actor who has also worked in film , television, and on stage. He has had over forty guest-starring and many recurring roles on television and had the main role of Albert Schweitzer in the PBS film, Albert Schweitzer: Called to Africa. His roles in six major motion pictures include Robo Cop and Consent. He has had numerous leading roles in Broadway musicals. He has narrated both fiction and nonfiction titles and was the voice of the Chuck Jones’ creation, Michigan J. Frog, for the WB television network.