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3.14 out of 53.14 out of 53.14 out of 53.14 out of 53.14 out of 5 3.14 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ellen Bryson Narrator: Jeff Woodman Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2017 ISBN: 9781449828363
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Ellen Bryson's first novel, The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno earned instant critical acclaim. This first-person narrative follows one of P.T. Barnum's socalled freaks on a mesmerizing journey of self-discovery. Bartholomew is a feature attraction at Barnum's American Museum as the world's thinnest man. He enjoys providing audiences with a glimpse at their inner selves reflected in his emaciated figure. Now, however, after a decade in the museum, Bartholomew finds his contentment waning while his desires to travel and explore grow. His opportunity arrives on the eve of President Lincoln's funeral, when a mysterious veiled woman appears, accompanied by Mr. Barnum. Everyone is captivated by this stranger-including the master showman himself, who enlists Bartholomew to monitor her movements and report back to him. America of 1865 is laid bare as Bartholomew's insightful gaze takes in the world around him. Through Jeff Woodman's masterful performance, listeners become immersed in a tale of love, freedom, and the heart's deepest longings. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krysia | 2/11/2014

    " This novel was narrated by one of P.T. Barnum's "regular Prodigies." Parts of the plot were quite predictable, but a decent enough summer read. I was hoping that it would be as gripping as Chang and Eng, one of my favorite novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandi | 1/30/2014

    " While I liked this book, I wish more would have been done with the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 1/24/2014

    " I'd have liked it more if I hadn't guessed the ending . I did think it dragged a bit, but was well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris McClinch | 1/21/2014

    " A frustrating book that I wanted to be better than it was. On the one hand, the central characters--Bartholomew the thin man, Matina the fat lady, and Alley the strongman--are well drawn, and Ms. Bryson clearly did her research in regards to Barnum's museum and the lives of circus freaks. On the other hand, the novel revolves around two big "A-ha" moments that are telegraphed from halfway through, making the novel's resolution feel like an anticlimax. It was a fairly compelling read, but it wasn't the type of novel that makes me say "I've got to read her next book." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Harp | 1/18/2014

    " Wanted so much from this book because I love the period and the fascinating subject matter. After trudging through the bulk of it, just to skip to the last chapter like other reviewers, I found my self thinking "How could so little be done with so much?" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 1/9/2014

    " I love this book! It reminds me of Water for Elephants! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andra Brewer Green | 12/2/2013

    " great book during the depression era. circus museum life type. I liked it. Was pretty quirky and odd. "

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

    " Getting past the weird, it was the best depiction of the workings of a personality that I remember reading. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lili | 12/11/2012

    " It was interesting to hear about the history of the museum, but this was not my favorite :P "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marla | 11/14/2012

    " If you liked "Water For Elephants" and "Geek Love", you will enjoy this although it is more like "Geek Love Lite". Well written, excellent period piece and a surprise twist that I didn't see coming at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerri | 4/19/2012

    " About halfway through, I felt this was terribly derivative of 'Water for Elephants.'. It picked up, though, and there were some interesting plot twists. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 11/10/2011

    " Not my favorite book overall but liked the insight to P.T. Barnum. Would like to learn more about the "freak" of the circus and the showmanship of Barnam. The book was slow, gave it away to another reader and told her if she didn't get "into it" to read the last four chapters to finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andra | 5/11/2011

    " great book during the depression era. circus museum life type. I liked it. Was pretty quirky and odd. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 5/6/2011

    " Even though it has been compared to Water for Elephants (a great book too), it really stands on its own. Set right after Lincoln was assassinated, it tells the story of PT Barnum's Curiosities and what their lives were like working in his museum in NYC. Highly recommend it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Notforkitties | 2/18/2011

    " I could have lived without reading this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/16/2011

    " I was hoping for something so much more. Perhaps more in the likeness of Like Water for Elephants, but this book did not live up to my expectations. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynda | 2/7/2011

    " I came to the decision to not finish this book. I read up to page 58 and it took well over a week to get that far. The writing was good - but the story line didn't grab my interest. I sincerely appreciate the opportunity of receiving an early reviewers copy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri-Jane | 2/4/2011

    " LOVED this book. I *think* I'd worked out the end, but it didn't matter. Awesome :)
    Proper review to come ;) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 1/29/2011

    " Very well written, enjoyable read, some twists in a fairly predictable narrative arc. Great first novel. "

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

    " It wasn't as good as Water for Elephants, but it kept me interested. I've always been interested in P.T. Barnum and museums of weirdness; The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno definitely met my expectations for those things. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 1/3/2011

    " Where do I find these books? Dang. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abranch71 | 11/26/2010

    " Really enjoyed reading this historical fiction. "

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About the Narrator

Jeff Woodman originated the title role in Tennessee Williams’ The Notebook of Trigorin and won the S.F. Critics’ Circle Award for his performance in An Ideal Husband. In addition to numerous theater credits on and off Broadway, his television work includes Sex and the City, Law & Order, and Cosby. A six time Audie Award finalist (and a 2007 winner), he has received seventeen Earphones Awards and was named one of the Fifty Greatest Voices of the Century by AudioFile magazine.