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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: Tim Murphy Narrator: Cassandra Campbell, Christa Lewis, Suzanne Elise Freeman, Prentice Onayemi, Thom Rivera, Kyla Garcia, Will Damron, various narrators Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2016 ISBN: 9781504729208
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In this vivid and compelling novel, Tim Murphy follows a diverse set of characters whose fates intertwine in an iconic building in Manhattan’s East Village, the Christodora. The Christodora is home to Milly and Jared, a privileged young couple with artistic ambitions. Their neighbor, Hector, a Puerto Rican gay man who was once a celebrated AIDS activist but is now a lonely addict, becomes connected to Milly and Jared’s lives in ways none of them can anticipate. Meanwhile, Milly and Jared’s adopted son Mateo grows to see the opportunity for both self-realization and oblivion that New York offers.

As the junkies and protesters of the 1980s give way to the hipsters of the 2000s and they, in turn, to the wealthy residents of the crowded, glass-towered city of the 2020s, enormous changes rock the personal lives of Milly and Jared and the constellation of people around them.

Moving kaleidoscopically from the Tompkins Square Riots and attempts by activists to galvanize a true response to the AIDS epidemic, to the New York City of the future, Christodora recounts the heartbreak wrought by AIDS, illustrates the allure and destructive power of hard drugs, and brings to life the ever-changing city itself.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In this audio performance, there’s not a weak link to be found. Each narrator in the group brings something unique and enjoyable to the production…Each narrator voices a person whose life pulses within those walls, and each does so with a distinctive personality and a vocal quality that adds to Murphy’s intense characterizations. Thought-provoking, precise, complex, and real, Christodora’s narrators are a glorious reflection of the novel itself. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “A real New York narrative with an absorbing story line and a gallery of characters fit for a twenty-first-century Manhattan mural.”

    George Hodgman, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Varied minds and voices are realized so convincingly…and it is joyous despite its subject matter.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “One of the finest novels we are likely to encounter this year.”

    Toronto Star

  • “Vividly captures the diversity and tensions within the AIDS movement…No book has made me feel so intensely not just the ravages of AIDS but also the devastating cost of activism.”

    Washington Post

  • “Powerful and compelling. It feels deeply relevant even when it covers events set several decades in the past.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “[A] brilliantly sprawling period novel about New York in the age of AIDS…richly populated and delicately nuanced.”

    Village Voice

  • “This sweeping tale of AIDS activists and the incredible changes they inspired is heart-wrenching, hopeful, and beautiful.”

    Book Riot

  • “Murphy has written The Bonfire of the Vanities for the age of AIDS…complete with a pitch-perfect deployment of period detail.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Activism, addiction, and the redemptive power of art feature prominently in Murphy’s perceptive novel.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “An intricate and powerfully plotted novel…it is at its heart a love story.”

    Library Journal

  • “An extended perspective on the HIV/AIDS epidemic…The author is expert at inhabiting a variety of mindsets.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick of Best Books of 2016
  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Big Indie Books of Fall 2016
  • Longlisted for the 2017 Carnegie Medal for Literature
  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice for LGBT Fiction
  • An Audible Editors Top Pick
  • An Indie Next List Selection
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2017 ALA Notable Book
  • Finalist for the Voice Arts Award for Best Casting
  • A BookRiot Pick of Best Books of July 2016 
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About the Author

Tim Murphy has reported on HIV/AIDS for twenty years, for such publications as Poz magazine where he was an editor and staff writer, Out, Advocate, and New York magazine, where his July 2014 cover story on the new HIV-prevention pill regimen PrEP was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Magazine Journalism. He also covers LGBT issues, arts, pop culture, travel, and fashion for publications including the New York Times, Condé Nast Traveler, Details, and Yahoo Style. He lives in Brooklyn and the Hudson Valley.

About the Narrators

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.

Christa Lewis, winner of several AudioFile Earphones Awards, is a classically trained actress and a graduate of Boston University’s four-year conservatory training program. She has worked full time at the microphone since getting her start as a newsreader for an international news broadcaster and now narrates audiobooks full time.

Suzanne Elise Freeman is a voice talent and Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator.

Prentice Onayemi is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator and a voice and film actor who is known for his roles in The Steam-Room Crooner, AmeriQua, and as Joey in the Tony Award–winning play War Horse.

Kyla Garcia is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. Born and raised in Hoboken, New Jersey, she discovered acting at the age of eight when she played Lady Macbeth in a children’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy. She made her off-Broadway debut at fifteen when she played Dorothy in Oz: A Twisted Musical. Eleven years after she discovered her passion for acting, she would go on to play Lady Macbeth once again in London at the Globe Theatre, where she studied Shakespeare during her third year at Mason Gross School of the Arts. She received her BFA in acting from Rutgers University.

Will Damron has won several Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has had acting roles off-Broadway and on stage and screen throughout the country.