Half-blood Blues

Half-blood Blues

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2012
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The Hot Time Swingers, a popular jazz band, has been forbidden to play by the Nazis. Their young trumpet-player Hieronymus Falk, declared a musical genius by none other than Louis Armstrong, is arrested in a Paris café. He is never heard from again. He was twenty years old, a German citizen. And he was black. Berlin, 1952 . Falk is a jazz legend. Hot Time Swingers band members Sid Griffiths and Chip Jones, both African Americans from Baltimore, have appeared in a documentary about Falk. When they are invited to attend the film's premier, Sid's role in Falk's fate will be questioned and the two old musicians set off on a surprising and strange journey. From the smoky bars of pre-war Berlin to the salons of Paris, Sid leads the reader through a fascinating, little-known world as he describes the friendships, love affairs and treacheries that led to Falk's incarceration in Sachsenhausen. Esi Edugyan's Half-Blood Blues is a story about music and race, love and loyalty, and the sacrifices we ask of ourselves, and demand of others, in the name of art.
Publisher: New York : Macmillan Audio, 2012
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781427222787
Characteristics: 1 online resource (11 audio files) : digital
Additional Contributors: Riley, Kyle
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Jan 21, 2014

Kyle Riley did an excellent job of bringing the Esi Edugyan's story to life. Esi described the music like she was a jazz musican herself.

Jun 09, 2012

A riveting story that mostly takes place within the confines of a all-too-familiar historical setting (Berlin and Paris on the eve of the Second World War) but which is narrated from an uncommon perspective, that of a struggling African-American jazz musician and his ragtag, multi-ethnic bandmates. I was impressed with the quality of the prose and the attention to detail with regards to period slang, though some may find this to be a difficult code to crack at first. The narration for the audio book is also well done, though I found that the narrator's deep voice meant I had to continually adjust the volume on my car stereo upward so as not to miss out on what was happening. On the whole, highly recommended!


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