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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14,496 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: E. L. Doctorow Narrator: E. L. Doctorow Publisher: E. L. Doctorow Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Ragtime, a classic work of historical fiction first published in 1975, details the lives of three families in early 20th-century New York. The novel interweaves fictional characters with actual historic events and figures.

The story opens in 1906 in New Rochelle, New York, at the home of an affluent American family. One lazy Sunday afternoon, the famous escape artist Harry Houdini swerves his car into a telephone pole outside their house. Almost magically, the line between fantasy and historical fact, between real and imaginary characters, disappears. Henry Ford, Emma Goldman, J. P. Morgan, Evelyn Nesbit, Sigmund Freud, and Emiliano Zapata slip in and out of the tale, crossing paths with Doctorow's imagined family and other fictional characters, including an immigrant peddler and a ragtime musician from Harlem whose insistence on a point of justice drives him to revolutionary violence.

A rich tapestry, Ragtime captures the spirit of America in a unique historic context.

Time magazine included the novel in its Time 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923-2005. Download and start listening now!


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by D.A. | 2/20/2014

    " I read it when I was 13, and I still think it's one of the finest American novels. I've read and enjoyed a few of Doctorow's books since then, but none compares to this, my first love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Aurelie | 2/18/2014

    " I read this back in college and I've been meaning to pick it up again. I remember it being really interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Caleb | 2/8/2014

    " This was a really fabulous read. I don't know what I can really say about it. Certainly Doctorow has skill. I suppose it's unremarkably remarkable. Which is a good thing. Mostly. In any case, an enjoyable read. Entertaining. Pick it up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sarah santana | 1/31/2014

    " The book was kind of interesting, although it really did not catch my attention and i did not look forward to continuing reading "ragtime". Some chapters kept me locked in waiting for the conclusions,whereas other chapters were so boring and i felt as though the chapters dragged and went on forever "

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