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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (13,140 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Colm Toibin Narrator: Kirsten Potter Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN:
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It is Enniscorthy in the southeast of Ireland in the early 1950s. Eilis Lacey is one among many of her generation who cannot find work at home. Thus when a job is offered in America, it is clear to everyone that she must go. Eilis heads for unfamiliar Brooklyn to a crowded boarding house. Slowly, the pain of parting is buried beneath the rhythms of her new life - until she begins to realize that she has found a sort of happiness. As she falls in love, news comes from home that forces her back to Ireland, where she finds new possibilities that conflict deeply with the life she has left behind in Brooklyn. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 2/16/2014

    " Beautifully written, this book is the story of a young Irish woman who leaves the safety of her home and travels to Brooklyn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret Feightner | 2/14/2014

    " A very unique book. Don't stop until you finish and you won't be sorry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 2/12/2014

    " What a good book. Sad, sweet, very emersive in the world of a young immigrant from Ireland who leaves everything to start a new life in NY. The writing flows and is lovely, but not overbearing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 2/1/2014

    " This is a fast read, and easy to put down/pick up. It is a fairly typical, coming-to-America book, but the author (a man) describes the life of a young Irish woman beautifully. I finished it in five days without reading in large doses at any time during those five days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jules | 1/24/2014

    " A deceptively slim but wise and complicated little novel. I found Eilis' thoughtful, deliberate nature appealing -- a quiet heroine, not particularly remarkable except in how much her thoughts might remind a reader of his or her own, and perhaps be universal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanie | 1/2/2014

    " This was fine but that's about it. The writing was fine, the story was fine, the characters were fine, but all in all, it was nothing special. There was nothing here that stood out for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 12/23/2013

    " I loved Brooklyn. It tells the story of a young Irish immigrant in Brooklyn, and how she navigates homesickness, a demanding job, and romance in a new country. Warning: the end is pretty much heart breaking. Reminded me of William Trevor and Alice McDermott. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 12/21/2013

    " It felt like living a life, not just reading a book. It's a novel with stunningly elegant prose, empathetic characters and a heartbreaking 'plot'. I can't wait to read more of Colm Toibin. I have discovered a new (to me) author who really can write. If you get the chance to read this, best to cancel everything else in your life until it's finished! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brynne Sterling | 11/27/2013

    " Really good, and not just because I live in Brooklyn, though I think that added to it. I like learning about the time period, and reading about the immigrant experience in America. Haven't decided what I think about the ending, but I wasn't thrilled about it at first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 11/23/2013

    " Absorbing and heart=breaking. This book has stayed with me and it was over a month since I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 10/13/2013

    " This was a fantastic book. I really enjoyed Eilis' story. The cast of characters from Ms. Kelley, Mrs. Kehoe, Rose, Tony and Father Flood made this book enjoyable. I liked the story of her family and her move to Brooklyn. I was surprised by the ending! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 10/4/2013

    " A really quiet story that I couldn't let go. A portrait of provincial Ireland and post WWII Brooklyn. Wonderfu. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesie | 9/14/2013

    " Beautifully written, especially if you love Irish authors as I do. I cannot wait to read more of Colm Toibin "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle Vuong | 7/28/2013

    " This book gave me a great idea of what it would be like to move from Ireland to Brooklyn after the war. The characters were well developed and believable. There were several unexpected turns, such that I did not want to put this book down. I think it would make a great movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Larsen | 5/13/2013

    " I could not fault this book. Try as I might. The story is so simple, but it is told with such beauty and passion that I didn't want it to end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy Holloman | 1/5/2013

    " I found this story awfully slow to unfold. Couldn't tell at first whether time setting was post WWI or WWII. The young protagonist was so other directed. She never knew her own mind. Can't say her story much moved me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth Jones | 9/8/2012

    " Nowhere near as good as "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn". I thought it could have used another 35 pages to better flesh out the ending. Unfortunate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carly Fraser | 1/22/2012

    " Interesting enough for a subway read, but generally dull. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Etta Mcquade | 8/28/2011

    " The first 100 pages seemed slow to me. It did pick up as the main character Irish-born Eilis Lacey struggles with her feelings of inadequacy, homesickness in a new world, and decisions that must be made while still trying to grow up. I had to remind myself that this is a coming-of-age novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toril Oien | 5/5/2011

    " Beautiful book about how our circumstances can shape our lives, and the courage of a young woman trying to live up to expectations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deirdre | 4/20/2011

    " quite evocative but i found the first 1/2 a bit boring and lacking in plot. in fact, i put it down and didn't expect to return to it. but i was disappointed in the next book as well so returned to Brooklyn. the second 1/2 of the book was more engaging. however, i still wouldn't recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 12/8/2009

    " Interesting read, and a very interesting lead character torn between the reality of her life in Ireland and her newly adopted home in America. The author does an excellent job of portraying a young woman trying to be strong and adult, yet behaving inconsistently with her main values. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny Hemming | 8/6/2009

    " Absolutely loved, would be 5 stars but felt vaguely dissatisfied by end. Need to get book club to read so can discuss whether others do too & if do, why. "

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