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Queen of the Air - A True Story of Love and Tragedy at the Circus

Dean N. Jensen

A true life Water for Elephants, Queen of the Air brings the circus world to life through the gorgeously written, true story of renowned trapeze artist and circus performer Leitzel, Queen of the Air, the most famous woman in the world at the turn of the 20th century, and her star-crossed love affair with Alfredo Codona, of the famous Flying Codona Brothers. Like today's Beyonce, Madonna, and Cher, she was known to her vast public by just one name, Leitzel. There may have been some regions on earth where her name was not a household expression, but if so, they were likely on polar ice caps or in the darkest, deepest jungles. Leitzel was born into Dickensian circumstances, and became a princess and then a queen. She was not much bigger than a good size fairy, just four-foot-ten and less than 100 pounds. In the first part of the 20th century, she presided over a sawdust fiefdom of never-ending magic. She was the biggest star ever of the biggest circus ever, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, The Greatest Show on Earth. In her life, Leitzel had many suitors (and three husbands), but only one man ever fully captured her heart. He was the handsome Alfredo Codona, the greatest trapeze flyer that had ever lived, the only one in his time who, night after night, executed the deadliest of all big-top feats, The Triple--three somersaults in midair while traveling at 60 m.p.h. The Triple, the salto mortale, as the Italians called it, took the lives of more daredevils than any other circus stunt.

A true life Water for Elephants, Queen of the Air brings the circus world to life through the gorgeously written, true story of renowned trapeze artist and circus performer Leitzel, Queen of the Air, the most famous woman in the world at the turn of the 20th century, and her star-crossed love affair with Alfredo Codona, of the famous Flying Codona Brothers. Like today's Beyonce, Madonna, and Cher, she was known to her vast public by just one name, Leitzel. There may have been some regions on earth where her name was not a household expression, but if so, they were likely on polar ice caps or in the darkest, deepest jungles. Leitzel was born into Dickensian circumstances, and became a princess and then a queen. She was not much bigger than a good size fairy, just four-foot-ten and less than 100 pounds. In the first part of the 20th century, she presided over a sawdust fiefdom of never-ending magic. She was the biggest star ever of the biggest circus ever, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, The Greatest Show on Earth. In her life, Leitzel had many suitors (and three husbands), but only one man ever fully captured her heart. He was the handsome Alfredo Codona, the greatest trapeze flyer that had ever lived, the only one in his time who, night after night, executed the deadliest of all big-top feats, The Triple--three somersaults in midair while traveling at 60 m.p.h. The Triple, the salto mortale, as the Italians called it, took the lives of more daredevils than any other circus stunt.
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A true life Water for Elephants, Queen of the Air brings the circus world to life through the gorgeously written, true story of renowned trapeze artist and circus performer Leitzel, Queen of the Air, the most famous woman in the world at the turn of the 20th century, and her star-crossed love affair with Alfredo Codona, of the famous Flying Codona Brothers. Like today's Beyonce, Madonna, and Cher, she was known to her vast public by just one name, Leitzel. There may have been some regions on earth where her name was not a household expression, but if so, they were likely on polar ice caps or in the darkest, deepest jungles. Leitzel was born into Dickensian circumstances, and became a princess and then a queen. She was not much bigger than a good size fairy, just four-foot-ten and less than 100 pounds. In the first part of the 20th century, she presided over a sawdust fiefdom of never-ending magic. She was the biggest star ever of the biggest circus ever, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, The Greatest Show on Earth. In her life, Leitzel had many suitors (and three husbands), but only one man ever fully captured her heart. He was the handsome Alfredo Codona, the greatest trapeze flyer that had ever lived, the only one in his time who, night after night, executed the deadliest of all big-top feats, The Triple--three somersaults in midair while traveling at 60 m.p.h. The Triple, the salto mortale, as the Italians called it, took the lives of more daredevils than any other circus stunt.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Emma Bering

Length:

11h 49m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:29


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:26


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:06


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:01


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:49


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:05


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:59


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:55


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:16


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:33


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:24


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:48


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:10


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:52


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:00


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:51


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:20


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:55


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:32


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:09


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:40


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:02


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:10


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:14


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:39


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:43


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:42


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:40


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:08


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:35


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:20


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:21


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:25


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:13


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:46


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

09:39


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:05


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:50


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:17


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:46


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:27


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:50


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:48


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:44


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:21


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:04


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:40


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:17


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:39


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:59


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:40


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:54


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

09:27


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

09:08


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:34


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:44


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:10


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:20


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

09:00


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

09:21


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:49


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

09:04


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:51


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:55


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:51


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:10


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

09:04


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:37


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:57


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:01


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

09:09


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:17


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:45


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:01


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:25


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

09:04


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:05


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:40


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:02


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:39


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:14


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:18


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:09


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:19


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

08:52


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:02


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:32


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

08:27


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

08:25


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:36


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:07


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:47


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

08:00


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:16


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:36


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:26


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:27


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

09:34


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:30


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

09:10


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

08:50


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:47


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:08


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:46


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

07:00


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:20


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:50


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:25


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:12


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:53


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

06:04


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

00:38