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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,189 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Auster Narrator: Paul Auster Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN: 9781427210708
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Luminous, passionate, expansive, an emotional tour de force, Sunset Park follows the hopes and fears of a cast of unforgettable characters brought together by the mysterious Miles Heller during the dark months of the 2008 economic collapse.

An enigmatic young man employed as a trash-out worker in southern Florida obsessively photographing thousands of abandoned objects left behind by the evicted families.

A group of young people squatting in an apartment in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

The Hospital for Broken Things, which specializes in repairing the artifacts of a vanished world.

William Wyler’s 1946 classic The Best Years of Our Lives.

A celebrated actress preparing to return to Broadway.

An independent publisher desperately trying to save his business and his marriage.

These are just some of the elements Auster magically weaves together in this immensely moving novel about contemporary America and its ghosts. Sunset Park is a surprising departure that confirms Paul Auster as one of our greatest living writers.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 2/19/2014

    " I particularly love Paul Auster's writing. It draws me in and keeps me floating page by page, chapter by chapter. This book talks about many things that have importance in my life: baseball as a means to bond, the lure of Brooklyn, the love of literature and the meaning it gives to our lives. Miles Heller is a twenty-eight year-old who, according to his father, is stuck in the psyche of an 17-18 year-old. Haunted by the memory of his step-brother's death and convinced that it was all his fault, he drops out of Brown in his junior year and spends the next nine years or so bouncing from city to city, low-profile job to low-profile job, relationship to relationship, until he meets Pilar Sanchez in Florida. Unfortunately, she is a sixteen year-old high school girl, an orphan with three older sisters. His father and step-mother are devastated by his disappearance, his mother, an aging actress less so, but concerned. His good friend Bing keeps in touch with Miles, as well as his father, a small independent publisher of important literary works. In the wake of the 2008 economic collapse, Bing, having commandeered an abandoned house in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, moves in with three women. When one of the squatters moves out, Bing asks Miles to join them as the fourth, and, surprisingly, he agrees. Miles is motivated by a blackmailing Sanchez older sister and a desire to finally make amends with his parents and their spouses. The squatters' anxiety heightens when NYC marshalls order them to vacate the premises, but Bing wants to stand tall against the The baseball connection between Miles and his father is very real for me and the motif of the hard-luck pitchers brought me to tears (a Cleveland Indian and a Detroit Tiger). However, the games the father and son play, such as the all-body parts team (think Rollie Fingers, for starters, or relievers) are pricelessly funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cillian | 2/19/2014

    " Great stuff. I've read a few of his books, but this is the most enjoyable, most satisfying, most profound since Leviathan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angelica Melendez | 2/14/2014

    " Could have been Williamsburg with the high hipster quotient but enjoyable characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clara | 2/14/2014

    " I liked many things about this book but not the ending. Give the children of Sunset Park a little credit, Paul. They're not as hopeless as you want them to be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juliand | 2/9/2014

    " Really good, a bunch of interesting and totally different characters thrown together in the hotspot of modern life. It could have been a little more subtile, just a little! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 S | 2/9/2014

    " I thought the form of this novel was terrific. It is quintessential Auster. Things just happen, causing more things to happen, and all of a sudden there you have it - life! Ha! I am slightly dissapointed in the ending as I feel the main focus of the story shifted may have to the wrong character. But I am still mulling over why that happened, and know there is a good reason for it - Auster being the writer he is. A truly great one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaia | 2/5/2014

    " Paul Auster is smart. So is this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Tillack | 2/5/2014

    " I read Auster's New York Trilogy for university and wrote my exam on it. For all the work I put in I really enjoyed it. This is a lot different to New York Trilogy, which was an exemplary example of postmodern literature. Sunset Park is a much simpler story, set around the lives of a small cast of characters who decide to squat in an abandoned house in a quiet part of Brooklyn. The novel still carries that Auster genius, with erudite intertextual references to other literary works and film. The characters are very much alive and very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Whitaker | 2/3/2014

    " A really great book shows us how everything is great and worth to die for "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cheryl S. | 2/2/2014

    " Would not have finished this book except it was for my book club. I didn't warm to any of the characters or the yukky sex scenes that did nothing to move the story forward. I'm really not sure what the author was trying to say, but whatever it was I missed it. "

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

    " Really good, a bunch of interesting and totally different characters thrown together in the hotspot of modern life. It could have been a little more subtile, just a little! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 1/18/2014

    " Just finished this and am still contemplating the ending. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michael crage | 1/16/2014

    " It had no real beginning, no ending and what was in between was not very interesting "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 1/15/2014

    " Wow. A sinuous, tense, ticking clock race against time about real people struggling with the vagaries and trials of life. Hang on - and throw your Hollywood cap under the bed until you finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruhama Veltfort | 1/4/2014

    " Liked this story a lot - a new writer for me, and I will be reading more of him. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 12/30/2013

    " Not my favorite coming from Auster. Usually like his books much more. This one just felt a bit boring and flat to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 12/30/2013

    " Auster delves into the lives of young people dislodged by recession. The characters are well defined, consistent, yet they still managed to surprise me at times. The dynamics of friendship and family are explored, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher Russell | 12/29/2013

    " My first Auster. Enchanted while reading it, it doesn't have any staying power other. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robin | 12/23/2013

    " not interesting at all. the writing itself was good though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam | 12/12/2013

    " A minor work by Auster, but still worth reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alison | 12/3/2013

    " This book is supposedly about the economy crashing in 2008, but I think it's more about Paul Auster finding Wikipedia in 2007. So many unnecessary lists! Also, a lot of educated men lusting over uneducated women and all the characters had the same voice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pierce | 11/20/2013

    " Something of the same flavour as Brooklyn Follies (as opposed to Auster's earlier stuff) but generally a much more enjoyable story. A little bit of believable grit and some compelling characters. Very much enjoyed reading it but not hugely substantial. Good yarn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua | 11/13/2013

    " First work by Auster I've read since the New York Trilogy. Excellent, surprisingly sentimental, but focused and humane. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 11/7/2013

    " Engaging and existential entwinement of a rich cast of characters squatting in an abandoned house in NYC. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachael Gilkey | 10/27/2013

    " Each of these characters merits a fleshed out story of their own as opposed to just being sketches of each in order to stitch together the narrative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jasmine | 7/11/2013

    " This is my first Paul Auster book. While I admire his language and sentiments, there are certain elements in the book come un-natural to me. The lengthy history of baseball, the Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo etc. Well, I will read New York Trilogy before I form an opinion about this author. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barbara | 2/1/2013

    " I absolutely did not like this book. It is a hodge podge of stories of flawed and tedious people. There were many things that had nothing to do with the storyline. It seemed like the author needed filler to make story longer. I learned more about past baseball players that I never wanted to know. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Reid Nichols | 1/22/2013

    " Interesting book- worth the read! I feel like it could have been a little bit more, but maybe that is what keeps you interested... also it is about the right length, much more would have ruined it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MacDara Conroy | 1/20/2013

    " Really enjoyed this one; flew through it, too. Auster has a real knack for flow, as well as creating characters that don't instantly make me cringe (something easily done by a less skilled writer with the same material). "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jen | 1/12/2013

    " couldn't hold my attention. didn't get past the first few chapters "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachael Eliz | 10/31/2012

    " Very powerful book. Direct and honest. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael Howard | 10/24/2012

    " Not quite as good as his other books... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 10/6/2012

    " Auster delves into the lives of young people dislodged by recession. The characters are well defined, consistent, yet they still managed to surprise me at times. The dynamics of friendship and family are explored, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bernadeta Szwarc | 10/1/2012

    " Some characters realistic, the New York I want to know. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 B.J. | 4/29/2012

    " Never felt any real connection or cared for the central character... and the dialogue was flat and stilted. I cannot recommend this book and was disappointed, as the premise sounded intriguing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sinan | 3/30/2012

    " It's hard not to love Auster's commentary and one liners. But after a while you notice that the story is there to hold these observations together, not the other way around. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 2/22/2012

    " Listened to Sunset Park, narrated by Paul Auster, via Audible.com download to my iPhone "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaclyn | 2/6/2012

    " This book was very well written and all of the characters well developed. No twists and turns, just a story about these characters lives. The ending was a huge let down that did not coincide with the remainder of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan-Jaap van Peperstraten | 10/2/2011

    " Promising, but utterly unconvincing ending (losing your pc means losing three years of work? Doesn`t anybody in New York make backups?) means losing a full star. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Donald Stevens | 6/23/2011

    " This was a bear to read. There was nothing of an content. I enjoyed TIMBUCTU. But this was no where near that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 5/8/2011

    " Compelling characters, beautifully written. I like Donna Seaman's review from the book jacket: "Every element is saturated with implication as each wounded, questing character's story illuminates our tragic flaws and profound need for connection, coherence, and beauty." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gerben | 4/14/2011

    " I still feel the story of Miles Heller was cut short. I would have liked it more if it had taken me a little bit further. Nevertheless, another fascinating Auster novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 4/12/2011

    " My intellectual friend says that Paul Auster is one of the only great writers of our day. Hmmmm...he won't even read Harry Potter, that snob!
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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori | 4/9/2011

    " well written but the ending was flat "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 4/6/2011

    " Wonderful characters and a setting I could relate to. This is more about people than plot but it is an interesting and compelling family and friends drama. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 4/2/2011

    " Man, you think you got problems! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cheryl S. | 3/20/2011

    " Would not have finished this book except it was for my book club. I didn't warm to any of the characters or the yukky sex scenes that did nothing to move the story forward. I'm really not sure what the author was trying to say, but whatever it was I missed it. "

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About the Author
Author Paul Auster

Paul Auster is the bestselling author of Oracle Night, The Book of Illusions, and Timbuktu. I Thought My Father Was God, the NPR National Story Project anthology, which he edited, was also a national bestseller. His work has been translated into thirty languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.