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Fiddler's Joy: 20th Anniversary Edition

Narrated by: Kay Hartford
Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Fiddler's Joy is historical fiction based on the experiences of the author's grandfather as a college student at the beginning of the 20th century. His fiddle literally became the instrument of his redemption from stress-induced mental illness. His story is a tribute to the strength of the human spirit and the power of love.

This 20th-anniversary edition is an "author’s cut”, incorporating expanded content and a new foreword. The author's original title Fiddler’s Joy has been restored, and the new cover shows the actual fiddle on which the story is based.

©1998, 2017 Kay Hartford (P)2018 Kay Hartford

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Too much good Christian charity.

Fiddler's Joy is not for the faint hearted. Although a work of fiction, it is, as author Kay Hartford, explains in her introduction, a true account of the experiences suffered by her grandfather whilst still a student in the early twentieth century. And it makes imagined horror stories seem tame.I

Always expected by his conservative protestant preacher father, the Reverend Mr.Hobson, to follow him into the ministry, Matthew, previously a top grade student, finds study increasingly difficult as graduation approaches and finally suffers a breakdown. The book covers his subsequent treatment and eventual slow return to life.
The story is well written, with sufficient characterisation to imbue the protagonists with life, descriptions, especially of Matthew's inner turmoil, clear. And the fiddle? Well, that is symbolically as well as actually at the heart of everything.

The author reads her own work, not always to be recommended. And Ms.Hartford is not a natural voice artist, her narration slightly shaky, although given with good intonation and sympathetic understanding. A serviceable rendering. With a different book this could well have been a problem, but given the harrowing nature of the story, it soon becomes clear that her reading is just right.

I was fortunate in being freely gifted a complimentary copy of Fiddler's Joy at my request, by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you so much. It was both horrifying and moving, a glimpse at a past which has thankfully improved even if there is still much wrong with the present system.
Read it and be thankful. Recommended.

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  • 06-08-18

Not My Cup of Tea

I got this story via audiobook boom and this is my voluntary review. This story was told in memoir form in my estimation and history was intertwined within the story. The narration was so bland that in several places I had to rewind to hear the story. There were parts that did not resonate with me because I could not relate to them. I was glad that the author felt the need to tell the story as she did. There are times when something has to be told even if no one else understands. Kudos to the author.

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