Wishing on the Moon

  • by Donald Clarke
  • Narrated by Anna Fields
  • 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

No singer has been more mythologized and more misunderstood than jazz legend Billie Holiday, who helped to create much of the mystique herself with her autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues - and this authentic biography sets the record straight. Donald Clarke was given unrivaled access to a treasure trove of interviews from the 1970s with those who knew Lady Day in all stages of her short, tragic life - from her childhood in the streets and good-time houses of Baltimore, through the early days of success in New York and the years of fame, to her tragic decline and death at the age of forty-four. This biography separates fact from fiction to reveal the true Billie Holiday.

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What the Critics Say

"A thoroughly riveting account of Holiday and her milieu." (New York Newsday)
"May be the most thoroughly valuable of the many books on Holiday." (The New York Times Book Review)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Incredibly in depth biography.

An extremely detailed and often harrowing look at Billie's life. Too lengthy and detailed in places. The reader does a good job but drones a bit in places. A fascinating insight into some of the great musicians she played with and their vices. Just needed pruning down a bit.
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- Alison St Pierre

Eye opener.

Listening about such an icon opens your eyes about the struggles and difficulties in her life. Some parts are a little horrifying but all in all a great listen.
The reader drags on a little in places but apart from that still a great listen.
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- Annemarie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-06-2012
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.