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Biography & Memoir

PASSING STRANGE A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line

by | Read by Lorna Raver

Biography & Memoir • 14.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2009

It reads like fiction, but it isn't. At the end of the nineteenth century, Clarence King led a double life. To his mother and friends, like statesman John Hay and author Henry Adams, he was a well-known geologist who helped map the American West. To his African-American wife, Ada, he was James Todd, a Pullman porter and the father of her five children. Lorna Raver reads with enthusiasm and a deliberate delivery. There isn't much opportunity for characterizations as Ada and Clarence/James don't speak, but Raver makes sure you don't miss a word of this well-researched story. At the end of his life Clarence/James confessed to Ada, and his friends took care of her. A feel-good story well presented. J.B.G. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE 2009]



Trade Ed. • Tantor Media • 2009

CD ISBN 9781400111510 $34.99 • Twelve CDs

MP3-CD ISBN 9781400161515 $24.99 • Two MP3-CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources


Library Ed. • Tantor Media • 2009

CD ISBN 9781400141517 $69.99 • Twelve CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources

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