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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (789 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pete Hamill Narrator: Peter Ganim, Ellen Archer Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN: 9781609410728
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On a cold January night in a stately townhouse in New York City’s West Village, two women, a wealthy socialite and her secretary, have been killed. Over the course of the next day, their shocking deaths will illuminate connections between men and women who could not be more different from one another, though they call the same metropolis home.

From the gruff editor-in-chief of the city’s last afternoon daily to the self-made advertising executive, from the NYPD sergeant to the Wall Street conman, from the angry young extremist to the Iraq vet struggling to come to terms with his sacrifices, Pete Hamill captures the voices and experiences of his fellow New Yorkers with his trademark blend of compassion and unflinching honesty.

For some of these men and women the city is a proving ground, for others it is a decadent playground. For still others it is steeped in memories, a historic city eclipsed by modern times. At once a nostalgic hymn to old New York and a gripping, cinematic portrait of the complex city of today, Tabloid City is as exhilarating as New York itself.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There’s murder and mayhem in Pete Hamill’s latest novel, Tabloid City, but the real victim in his book is the print journalism that Hamill knows and loves so well. This ticking time bomb of a novel is about the end of a form of daily storytelling in which America’s big cities are like small towns—their recognizable casts of characters, dramas and moral struggles playing out on a slightly bigger, more complex stage.” 

    Los Angeles Times

  • “The story unfolds in time-stamped, you-are-there bursts that follow a large cast, including several journalists…Hamill nails the dying newsroom.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Hamill is, as always, a consummate storyteller…Tabloid City is an exciting, thought-provoking read.” 

    BookPage

  • “The duo of Ellen Archer and Peter Ganim pulls the characters together, reflecting the diverse accents and varying tones of a deep-voiced editor, a Jamaican woman, an elderly artist, an excited young reporter, a serious cop, and an angry young man, among others…Both narrators deftly balance their characters, giving cohesion and realism to Hamill’s work.”

    AudioFile

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dad | 2/9/2014

    " Good action story and info about the newspaper business, but you had to be a senior New Yorker to enjoy the many trips down memory lane. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn Dekker | 2/3/2014

    " Great read. Beautiful, ugly, poignant descriptions of New York and our society. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane Hanley | 1/25/2014

    " An excellent look back at the NYC newspaper trade, personalities, and culture, but a very convoluted, improbable mystery wrapped around that. I prefer Hamill's nonfiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra Petree | 1/23/2014

    " I liked the book, but it is not a read for everyone. I liked the bouncing from character to character; I felt like I was in a race, speeding to the end. The author pulled all the pieces togther, which gave the story the finality it needed. Not a happy story by any means,but very true to life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michele | 1/9/2014

    " I like Pete Hamill's writing but I couldn't get through this one. I won't finish a book that is boring me when there are so many books I want to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Anne | 1/3/2014

    " I love Pete Hamill's writing. Tabloid City covers one day in the life of a tabloid newspaper in NYC. A double murder becomes the main story for the next edition of the paper. Various characters are introduced who in one way or another are involved in the main story line. One or two of the characters' stories were distracting and didn't really add to the book. Overall I would recommend the book. It was a quick but satisfying read. "

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

    " Excellent gritty NYC whodunit set in the present day in the shadow of the dying newspaper industry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Celeste | 11/5/2013

    " Pete Hamill never disappoints. I enjoyed this story about newspaper publishing in the age when digital media reigns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan White | 10/11/2013

    " Intriguing links between characters. Interesting insider view of news world. Well plotted mystery elements. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annm | 9/16/2013

    " This was a really excellent book. I wish I could write like this. The plot was interesting, and the characters were drawn amazingly well. I look forward to reading more Pete Hamill books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug Haskin | 9/4/2013

    " Amazing. A wonderful, skillful blending of narrative memoir, thriller, and the stories of our times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 3/6/2013

    " I liked the book,but not as well as his other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mimi | 2/13/2013

    " This starts with a disparate collection of characters but they intersect pretty quickly. It's a very atmospheric read. You can tell Hamill is a New Yorker; it seeps out of his writing. The events are dramatic but he keeps it on a very personal level. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deigh | 9/24/2012

    " A rather predictable story of the grimy underside of New York that is written in a very different way. An easy read after plowing through the Woodward book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andy | 9/4/2012

    " Disappointing. Reminded me of the movie Crash with characters intersecting in unexpected ways but ultimately the story itself wasn't very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adina | 8/10/2012

    " Compelling novel about NYC after the financial crash. Couldn't put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard Alley | 7/25/2012

    " It's just what I read Pete Hamill for - a nostalgic, gritty, sentimental and well-paced story. Not his best work, but still enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bridget | 7/13/2012

    " This is my first experience with Pete Hamill's writing. I thought it was fantastic; visceral and sharp. Hamill has a great skill of really making the reader feel the emotions of his characters. Oddly melancholic, but lovely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosemary A. | 11/25/2011

    " Nobody knows the newspaper business and NYC like Pete Hamill. This is a great read from a man who remembers when the NY Post was a real newspaper. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 9/29/2011

    " Some characters seemed superfluous, but the tidy arrangement of chapters (one per character) helped me keep track. Embodied the movement of the city, the constant emotion and planning taking place behind the "public face" that every city dweller maintains. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry | 9/22/2011

    " This book started a little slowly, perhaps due to the writing from many different character viewpoints, but it built to an interesting and exciting climax. Good story; I almost always like a New York tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MaryAlice | 6/28/2011

    " My first Pete Hamill book. The man can write. Liked the episodic structure with different characters. Reminded me a lot stylistically (and setting) of The Wire (TV series) which I loved. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Natalie | 6/10/2011

    " Read the whole thing, waiting for some climactic ending, and was very let down. About half of the characters were unneccessary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindat16 | 6/2/2011

    " Hamill is an excellent writer, but this book jumps around from person to person so often, that it takes a while to figure out how it all comes together. Once you do, the story is good. A little less jumping around, and this would have been a really good book. Liked his other books better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 6/2/2011

    " No surprises in this novel, but lovely wrought characters. A very pleasant and enjoyable read, if you, like me, love New York and newspapers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosemary | 5/31/2011

    " Nobody knows the newspaper business and NYC like Pete Hamill. This is a great read from a man who remembers when the NY Post was a real newspaper. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kappy | 5/26/2011

    " As most reviewers have said, this is a book about New York City and the vanishing world of both New York and newspapers. It was interesting to read because of both those story lines. The plot was almost incidental. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 5/26/2011

    " read this while in NYC which was fun since the locations he mentioned were real for me.
    Demise of print media and it's effects on the people who have worked in that universe. Interesting characters.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Warren | 5/19/2011

    " Pete Hamill is a man in love. In love with the city of New York and the dying art of newspaper journalism. He know both with all their flaws and writes about both with lyrical prose, verging on poetry. I slowed down in reading this to savor the words and stay with the characters as long as I could. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dannielle | 5/18/2011

    " No one writes about New York Like Pete Hamill. While not one of his best, this novel is full of wonderful characters with depth and quirks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 5/16/2011

    " A really great book about a folding afternoon newspaper as a murder brings together a cast of characters from the victims and the cops to the editor of the paper, a terrorist and a criminal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 5/16/2011

    " I liked the book, but it is not a read for everyone. I liked the bouncing from character to character; I felt like I was in a race, speeding to the end. The author pulled all the pieces togther, which gave the story the finality it needed. Not a happy story by any means,but very true to life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monique | 5/13/2011

    " What I considered a four star novel became less so due to the highly implausible ending and the ridiculous number of coincidences. Loved the descriptions of the city and of the death of paper journalism. "

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About the Author
Author Pete Hamill

Pete Hamill is a novelist, journalist, editor, and screenwriter. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the bestselling novels Forever and Snow in August and the bestselling memoir A Drinking Life. He writes a column for the New York Daily News and lives in New York City.

About the Narrators

Peter Ganim is an American actor who has appeared on stage, on television, and in film. He has performed voice-over work since 1994. His audiobook narration has won three AudioFile Earphones Awards.

Ellen Archer is an award-winning narrator, actress, and singer with a degree in Opera Performance from the Boston Conservatory. She has performed extensively on the New York stage and in regional theaters. She has narrated numerous audiobooks and has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards, as well as the prestigious Audie Award for best narration.