However, Secret Life is only available in an abridged audio edition, and the editors can't resist including all the book's lapses into dramatic narrative...which drive me nuts! Give me the facts, ma'am. Just the facts. (Does anyone still get that reference?) But it is what it is, and jumping between this and Penn Jillette's latest podcast makes L.A. traffic trouble me not!
Now I've tracked down another Houdini audiobook, Houdini!!! The Career of Ehrich Weiss by Kenneth Silverman. For me, Silverman is the Holy Text. It's the best, most accurate Houdini biography ever written. And best of all, this audiobook, released by Books on Tape in 1997 and read by Lloyd James, is unabridged! Fourteen 1 1/2-hour cassettes making a whopping 21 hours. Oh baby.
I contacted the publisher to see if the book was available on CD or mp3, but they informed that that they no longer hold the rights. So now I just need to find a (affordable) way to transfer these 14 cassettes to a playable format. Any tips?
UPDATE: I've now transferred the cassettes and I'm making them available to listen to on my Patreon. You can begin the story by clicking below.