Wishing on the Moon: The Life and Times of Billie Holiday

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Donald Clarke

Narrated By: Anna Fields

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: January 2012

Duration: 17 hours 46 minutes


A New York Times Notable Book.

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. 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.

'May be the most thorough and valuable of the many books on Holiday.''New York Times Book Review


  • jane Yancey

    I felt the author skipped over some of the main facts of her life speaking only of her musical engagements and musicians. he made no mention of her one year stay in prison and how that affected her and he downplayed her heroin addiction. the narrator , made me feel very close to the characters, and at some point it could have been Billy's voice herself


    This was a thrilling ride! As you can imagine, the entire life story of an individual with as colorful of experiences as Lady Day does require careful attention. No shortage of 50 names were dropped and I often found myself pausing to put things together or jump to a google search to build fondness with the aforementioned characters. Nevertheless, the account given of the Life of Lady Day is more comprehensive and thorough of all other options available. Challenging to follow at times? Yes. Vulgar? Like you wouldn't believe! Does the narrators voice leave much to be desired, perhaps. Still, if you care to learn I recommend you read to the end. Your fascination of Lady Day and the Era and Area in which she lived will increase and you'll scream ENCORE!!! ;-)

  • Larisa Butcher

    omg This audiobook is so littered with census details and other information that should be mere footnotes that it is hard to follow a story. The person narrating has the most intolerably boring voice. And she flits from person to person without developing any of the characters enough to even keep track of who was who. Finally my husband and I got so frustrated trying to make sense of it that we just stopped listening.

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