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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,464 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pete Hamill Narrator: Stevie Ray Dallimore Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the bestselling author of Snow in August and A Drinking Life comes this magical, epic tale of an extraordinary man who arrives in New York City in 1740 and remains forever.

From the shores of Ireland, Cormac O’Connor sets out on a fateful journey to avenge the deaths of his parents and honor the code of his ancestors. His quest brings him to the settlement of New York, seething with tensions between English and Irish, whites and blacks, British and “Americans,” where he is swept up in a tide of conspiracy and violence. In return for aiding an African shaman who was brought to America in chains, Cormac is given an otherworldly gift: he will live forever as long as he never leaves the island of Manhattan.

Cormac comes to know all the buried secrets of Manhattan, the way it has been shaped by greed, race, and waves of immigration, by the unleashing of enormous human energies, and above all, by hope.

Through it all, Cormac must fight a force of evil that returns relentlessly in the scions of a single family whose path first crossed his in Ireland. As he searches out these blood enemies, he must watch everyone he touches slip away. And so he seeks the one who can change his fate, the mysterious dark lady who alone can free him from the blessing and the curse of his long life.

Drawing on Pete Hamill’s bone-deep knowledge of New York City, Forever is his long-awaited masterpiece, a Shakespearean evocation of the mysteries of time and death, sex and love, character and place. It is both an unforgettable drama and a timeless triumph of storytelling.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “If September 11th was a terrible warning of New York’s mortality, Hamill’s entertaining panhistorical fantasy is a paean to its immortality.” 

    New Yorker

  • “A tabloid epic in a folkloric American style…Forever is fueled by the cruel dictates of history—corruption, exploitation, murder—but it wholeheartedly celebrates human goodness at every turn.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Hugely readable…Forever is old-fashioned storytelling at a gallop.” 

    Washington Post Book World

  • “After September 11th, it is reassuring to read this novel as veteran New Yorker Hamill's lovestruck tribute to our most cosmopolitan city.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “This rousing, ambitious work is beautifully woven around events and characters, but it is Hamill’s passionate pursuit of justice and compassion—Celtic in foundation—that distinguishes this tale of New York City and its myriad peoples.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Samantha | 2/5/2014

    " I thought this book was awesome, although the ending was a bit hooky. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nancy | 2/3/2014

    " I really like the premise for this book. A man from Ireland comes to New York in the 18th century to avenge his father's death and is given the "gift" of living for many generations as long as he stays on the island of Manhatten. He witnesses many events in NYC history. But to me, history only comes alive when it is attached to a personal story, and the main character does not attach himself to many friends or lovers during his long life. So we end up standing on the sidewalk and watching the great fire, the drought, the cholera outbreak, etc. Kind of reads like a fast-paced history book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Upstatemamma | 2/3/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. It was given to me by a friend. It was really compelling right from the start. It takes place over a few centuries. In the end it becomes so captivating that it was really hard to put down. The ending itself was amazing and made me so happy. I really really liked this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Beth Edelheit | 1/12/2014

    " A man lands in America in the 1600s - gets the chance to live forever if he never leaves what becomes Manhattan, NY. Great read. "

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