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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (786 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kurt Andersen Narrator: Charles Leggett Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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During one monumental month in 1848, gold is discovered in California, the United States wins its first foreign war, rebellion erupts throughout Europe, and an eager English gentleman named Benjamin Knowles plunges into love with the strong-minded New York actress and part-time prostitute Polly Lucking. He also meets her brother Duff, a dangerously damaged veteran of the Mexican War, and befriends the unforgettable Timothy Skaggs—journalist, daguerrotypist, mischief maker, stargazer.

As they set out on a wild, extraordinary transcontinental race west, lured by the prospect of easy wealth and new beginnings, they are unaware that a stranger bent on revenge shadows their every move.                                          

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A true novel of ideas…A tale of bright, rambunctious, aspiring young people.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Narrator Charles Leggett becomes a one-man band. He sings. He speaks English and French. He does accents: British, Irish, French, German, as well as American regionals from Brooklyn to California. He portrays men, women, and children. And he does it all well.”


  • “Andersen’s satirical wit is well evident, but he plays fair, offering scenarios to offend nearly everyone. In the tradition of the old-fashioned epic, Heyday presents amazing coincidences, lengthy digressions, and myriad descriptions of mores and vices.”


  • “[Andersen] celebrates the tumultuous energy and the careless optimism of an America on the move.”

    Bookmarks magazine

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jen | 2/16/2014

    " great time period piece of work "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Wendy | 2/13/2014

    " Tried three times to read this book, as I love historic fiction, especially in this time frame (late 19th, early 20th century). I never got past the first 25 pages. The characters did not pique my interest, nor did the story lines. I normally try to give a book at least 50 pages before giving up on it, but I made an exception for this one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Anne | 2/11/2014

    " Dull, wordy and empty. I couldn't even bear to finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dan | 2/7/2014

    " The fictional account of historical characters is a little hokey, but I learned the word "micturate," so I'll call it a draw. "

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