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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,010 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dominique Lapierre Narrator: Michael York Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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In this inspiring work, Dominique Lapierre tells stories of extraordinary love and heroism - performed by ordinary people. Deep within one of the poorest sections of Calcutta, Lapierre found that this city, which produced Mother Teresa, had many other selfless inhabitants. Hear about a Polish Catholic priest who came to share and ease the plight of the impoverished, an American doctor who came to treat people who were without medical resources, and an Assamese nurse who became an Angel of Mercy to the afflicted. Best selling author Lapierre has woven these amazing stories into an epic tale of human benevolence and hope. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chupwala | 1/29/2014

    " I read the translated version in Indonesian. It's well translated, easy to read, but above all, I was touched by the content. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig | 1/7/2014

    " The City of Joy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neh Akanksha | 12/31/2013

    " Loved it...:-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carel | 12/16/2013

    " Calcutta's poorest of the poor give the only thing they can ~ simply to love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 12/14/2013

    " Amazing to see how people living in complete poverty can find joy in daily life! This book is a must-read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jimmyt55 | 12/10/2013

    " A wonderful Book. Brings tears to your eyes. Patrick Swayze's best role ever in a true 'sleeper' of a movie. Read and see flick. Love your fellow humans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 12/9/2013

    " Loved this book. Loved the way it was written - it made India come to life. I wish they would make a movie about the priest that would be a prequel to the one with Patrick Swayze as the young doctor. His story is good, but such a small piece of the whole picture. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah Praschan | 12/3/2013

    " Heartbreaking, inspiring and moving. You will not regret reading this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie Thigpen | 11/23/2013

    " This is one of my all time favorites. French doctor moves to India and meets Mother Teresa type in the slums. A rickshaw driver plays an important role. I loved this book. It is so touching and eyeopening. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 10/18/2013

    " A pleasure to read, ever since reading this book I"ve been dying to travel to India and experience the culture! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dian Susanti | 8/23/2013

    " Sabar menghadapi kemiskinan...bisa belajar dari tokoh2 yang ada didalam buku, sebuah buku yang terinspirasi dari kisah nyata. Menceritakan sisi lain kemiskinan di daerah India "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 6/13/2013

    " This is an eye-opening first-hand account of life in an Indian slum; very moving. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 4/4/2013

    " I read this book after leaving Kolkata, which made the horrific events in the book more real. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruby | 9/3/2012

    " I just love that book ,on how it depicted the lives of those poor indian people and how they strived to get out of this misery.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Manuel | 6/13/2012

    " Muy bueno. Perfectamente recomendable. Forma parte de los "5 estrellas". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 6/11/2012

    " Wonderful story of a foreigner's life in a squatter community. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele Savoie | 5/14/2012

    " Read this back in 1999 I think. Still remember it in 2013 and how profound the story is. Was my first introduction to Indian culture and opened the doors to reading books by some great Indian authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Galih Putri | 3/23/2012

    " Kisah kehidupan dengan berlatar belakang kehidupan kampung kumuh di negara India, seru dan penuh haru. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh-ann | 2/27/2012

    " I'd recommend this book to anyone who hasn't read it yet...it's a great exploration of life in the slums of Calcutta, but also a great explanation of how people arrived in that life and how difficult it is to change their fate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arpan Chatterjee | 2/8/2012

    " Amazing read... Lots of human drama, shows the resilient spirit of Kolkata in the midst of all the filth & nausea-tic atmosphere of Ubiquitous reality of the slums. The western stereotype of Kolkata also adds an additional flavor to the narrative "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deepak S | 10/28/2011

    " this book influenced me a lot.....i owe a lot to this moving book, humans are fragile and let us not waste our precious resources for nothing....what i LEARNT from this book.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tute | 10/20/2011

    " akhirnya tamat juga baca novel ini...fuih, ampir sebulan kali! Ternyata masih bagus Indonesia ya? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Oiane | 8/31/2011

    " Me ha gustado mucho este libro. Te hace pensar y ver otra clase de realidades de las que no somos conscientes la mayor parte del tiempo. "

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

    " A great preparation before going to the streets of Calcutta. Read the book before watching the movie, as always it is much better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 3/7/2011

    " Powerful story. Life changing. I could only read a chapter at a time--So emotionally draining. It really is a must read. (By the way, the movie did not do it justice!!!) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaymie | 2/9/2011

    " SO much better that the movie! My husband has been to India and I spent two months in Nepal. Reading this really brought me back there, even to the smells, the sounds, the poverty, and the joys, that are all around if you can see past everything else, that we as Westerners take for granted.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 2/3/2011

    " Read this years ago and loved it. Made me cry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 1/24/2011

    " Inspirational, beautifully written, and completely moving, The City of Joy is a novel everyone should read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Giju Mathew | 1/22/2011

    " A brilliant story of love, dedication and sacrifice. After reading the book, I've been wanting to go and see the place for myself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sudama | 1/8/2011

    " Fantabulous. Go read it. The story is based in Kolkata. the language is fine and the flow superb. The ambiance of the book is wide as it touches the entire life of Kolkata. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kiersten | 1/6/2011

    " Not entirely a page turner, but a great read and most definitely a book you'll never forget. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carisa | 11/28/2010

    " A gripping and moving book about life in the slums of Calcutta "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deepak | 11/14/2010

    " this book influenced me a lot.....i owe a lot to this moving book, humans are fragile and let us not waste our precious resources for nothing....what i LEARNT from this book.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stu | 10/31/2010

    " I've thought about this book years after I read it. Whenever I catch myself complaining a little much I am reminded that many people on this planet live in a hellish circumstance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 10/29/2010

    " Difficult to read - about Calcutta - but fabulous:
    "You can't hide anything here - not even the color of your soul." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corrie | 9/28/2010

    " Beautiful story of life in India - one of my favorite books! "

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About the Author

Dominique Lapierre was for many years senior reporter and editor for Paris Match. He is the author of several earlier books published in France, some of them based on his knowledge of the United States, where he attended Lafayette College and where his father served with the French diplomatic service.

About the Narrator

Michael York is a successful screen and stage actor. Among his screen credits are Romeo and Juliet, Cabaret, The Three Musketeers, Logan’s Run, and Austin Powers. Stage appearances include Britain’s National Theatre and Broadway. His television work has garnered Emmy nominations and his audio recordings Grammy nominations. He has been awarded Britain’s OBE, France’s Arts et Lettres, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.