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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: E. L. Doctorow Narrator: Mark Deakins Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2014 ISBN: 9780804149631
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To listen to this audiobook is to enter the perilous, thrilling world of Billy Bathgate, the brazen boy who is accepted into the inner circle of the notorious Dutch Schultz gang. Like an urban Tom Sawyer, Billy takes us along on his fateful adventures as he becomes good-luck charm, apprentice, and finally protégé to one of the great murdering gangsters of the Depression-era underworld in New York City. The luminous transformation of fact into fiction that is E. L. Doctorow’s trademark comes to triumphant fruition in Billy Bathgate, a peerless coming-of-age tale and one of Doctorow’s boldest and most beloved bestsellers.


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Quotes & Awards

  • “Stunning.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A wonderful addition to the ranks of American boy heroes . . . Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer with more poetry, Holden Caulfield with more zest and spirit . . . The kind of book you find yourself finishing at three in the morning after promising at midnight that you’ll stop at the next page. New York Times Book Review
     
  • A modern American masterpiece . . . Doctorow takes up the legacies of Fitzgerald and Cheever and adds to them a savage and erotic splendor of his own. John le Carré
  • Indelible in its fierce energy, its relentless irony, its rawness. Philadelphia Inquirer
     
  • Riveting . . . mesmerizing . . . unforgettable. Time
     
  • Enthralling. Los Angeles Times
     
  • “An engrossing tale that successfully re-creates worlds gone by in loving and meticulous detail.”

    Library Journal

  • “A wonderful addition to the ranks of American boy heroes …Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer with more poetry, Holden Caulfield with more zest and spirit…The kind of book you find yourself finishing at three in the morning after promising at midnight that you’ll stop at the next page.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A modern American masterpiece…Doctorow takes up the legacies of Fitzgerald and Cheever and adds to them a savage and erotic splendor of his own.”

    John le Carré, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Indelible in its fierce energy, its relentless irony, its rawness.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “Riveting…mesmerizing…unforgettable.”

    Time

  • “Enthralling.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • Winner of the 1989 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
  • Winner of the 1990 PEN/Faulkner Award
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A New York Times Best Book
  • A 1990 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Fiction
  • A 1989 National Book Award Finalist
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About the Author

E. L. Doctorow (1931–2015) was known internationally for his works of historical fiction, including Ragtime, World’s Fair, and Billy Bathgate. He was honored with the National Book Award, three National Book Critics Circle awards, two PEN/Faulkner awards, the William Dean Howells Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the presidentially conferred National Humanities Medal.

About the Narrator

Mark Deakins is an actor whose television appearances include Head Case, Star Trek: Voyager, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. His film credits include Intervention, Star Trek: Insurrection, and The Devil’s Advocate. He recently wrote, directed, and produced the short film The Smith Interviews.