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THE SUN AND THE MOON The Remarkable True Account of Hoaxers, Showmen, Dueling Journalists, and Lunar Man-Bats in Nineteenth-Century New York

by | Read by Malcolm Hillgartner

History • 12.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2008

New Yorkers like to think of themselves as sophisticates, but in the summer of 1835 they were anything but. An elaborate hoax, perpetrated by NEW YORK SUN editor Richard Adams Locke, tricked them into believing that the moon is inhabited by animals such as unicorns and four-foot-tall talking "man-bats." Narrator Malcolm Hillgartner's rich baritone works well with a story that could almost be fiction but isn't. His slightly melodramatic reading lends a certain tone of irony to the book, keeping the listener aware that while this is factual history, it’s based on a big joke. This entertaining book gives an interesting glimpse of the early days of newspapers in New York City and how trusting and gullible readers were, once upon a time. K.M. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2009]



Trade Ed. • Blackstone Audio • 2008

CD ISBN 9781433255632 $32.95 • Ten CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources


Library Ed. • Blackstone Audio • 2008

CS ISBN 9781433255618 $72.95 • Nine cassettes

CD ISBN 9781433255625 $90.00 • Ten CDs

MP3-CD ISBN 9781433255649 $29.95 • One MP3-CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources

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