Sunday, November 29, 2020

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The Adventures of Tom Finch, Gentleman by Lucy May Lennox - Audio Book Tour

Author: Lucy May Lennox

Narrators: Duke DeFoix, Duchess DeFoix, Olivia Featherton, Earl Tyrone

Length: 14 hours 56 minutes

Publisher: Lucy May Lennox

Released: Oct. 10, 2020

Genre: Historical Fiction

London, 1735. Covent Garden offers a world of pleasures and diversions, even for a blind man. Tom Finch approaches life with boundless good cheer and resilience, whether he’s pursuing a musical career or pursuing women. And as for his blindness, to him it’s merely an inconvenience. Join Tom for a picaresque romp through high and low Georgian society among rakes, rovers, thieving whores and demi-reps, highway robbers, bigamists, and duelists, bisexual opera divas, castrati, mollies, and cross-dressers, lecherous aristocrats, and headstrong ladies. This meticulously researched, witty and lively tale overturns stereotypes about disability and revels in the spectacle and excitement of 18th century opera.
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 Lucy May Lennox loves immersing herself in various historical periods and imagining the lives of people who don't usually make it into the history books. A lifelong lover of classical and folk music, she has performed as a chorus member in operas and concerts in three countries, and once won first place in a sean nos (traditional Irish singing) contest. She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest USA with her husband and children.
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Narrator Bio
 
  Growing up in a family devoted to the performing arts, Duke started his acting career a little later than expected. Since then he has performed internationally on both stage and screen. He has voiced characters in animated series, features, and video games. He enjoys working with his lovely Duchess on audiobooks whenever he can find time away from galloping his trusty white stallion across the windswept moors, rescuing beautiful, clever, and passionate ladies in distress, and fighting sabre wielding brigands on the high seas.
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  • Tom Finch: Composer of broadside ballads, music master and conductor in the opera houses around Covent Garden, London. Illegitimate son of a poxy earl and a commoner, raised by his uncle who gave him a thorough education in music, drinking, and seducing women. Blind since early childhood but independent and self-reliant, he gets about using echolocation, a walking stick, and a mental map of Covent Garden. Unflaggingly cheerful, good-natured and optimistic, given to libertinism and wantonness but finds his rake’s progress continually interrupted by his musical talent and innate decency…
    • age: 30
    • height: 6 feet
    • appearance: very thin and tall, with sandy brown hair worn long and tied in a queue, always dressed stylishly in a surcoat, brocade waistcoat, white hose, and tricorne hat
  • Tess Turnbridge: Aspiring opera diva with a burning ambition to become prima donna of the Theatre Royal. Daughter of a famous Italian soprano and an English composer. Recently returned to London, having left Naples under somewhat scandalous circumstances. Kind-hearted and level-headed, but not above giving into temptation, from either men or women…
    • age: 25
    • height: 5 feet 3 inches
    • appearance: slender but very feminine, with dark brown curls and dark eyes, usually dressed in a robe a la francaise
  • Sally Salisbury: Infamous whore, part time pickpocket, shoplifter, and house breaker, with occasional forays into forgery and highway robbery. Fearless, fun-loving and with no pretense to polite manners, she lets most men know she’s only after their money. But she always treats Tom as an equal and without a trace of pity, and he can’t help but love her for it, even though he knows he shouldn’t trust her…
    • age: maybe 25 or so? She’s not sure.
    • height: 5 feet 7 inches
    • appearance: tall and angular, not very feminine, lank blonde hair and blue eyes, sometimes dresses in men’s clothing
  • Jem Castleton: Tom’s crony and amanuensis, an unrepentant rogue, often found lushing it with the whores around Covent Garden, but also not averse to visiting a molly house.
  • Lady Sarah Grey: Tom’s dowager aunt and chief benefactor. A keen patron of the opera, she encourages his career but he often finds her aid is not without some emotional price.
  • Captain Philip Moorehouse, RN: Tom’s half-brother, another of the earl’s many illegitimate sons. Post captain without a ship. Closeted gay man in a relationship with a Marine captain.
  • Charlotte Carstone: Tom’s half-sister, one of the cast-off daughters of the earl’s first wife. Comes to Tom for aid in fleeing her abusive husband.
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