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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,240 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Colson Whitehead Narrator: Colson Whitehead Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2016 ISBN: 9781440796708
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"I want to wake up in a city, that doesn't sleep..." No other city has the energy, the pulse, the power of the Big Apple, and this award-winning novelist captures it all in these 13 vignettes, creating a remarkable portrait of life in the big city, that w Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 2/20/2014

    " Stream-of-conscience-like but insightful post-9/11 nod to NYC. Some fresh takes on icons from Times Square to Brooklyn Bridge. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brett | 2/10/2014

    " keen observations about the mundane and the sublime in new york, in the key of e.b.white. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lai-san | 2/8/2014

    " Sometimes, the language gets a little overly precious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith Hegner | 1/22/2014

    " Reads like a slow jazz song...an interesting and sometimes unspecific look at NYC. The longer that you live here, the more that it makes sense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 1/21/2014

    " The Colossus of New York is not a novel, but rather a collection of snippets describing moments and places in the City. Colson Whitehead is a master. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie | 1/17/2014

    " Reads somewhat like the "leftovers" from a writer's notebook -- certainly authentic but lacking in cohesion. While the observations ring true, the sense that it is all raw data was frustrating to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Will Byrnes | 1/15/2014

    " Sorry, read this one many years back and loved, loved, loved it. But it was long enough ago that I do not feel confident enough in my collander-strength memory to post an actual review. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anina Ertel | 1/12/2014

    " This was really too pretentious for me to read very much of. I was looking forward to it, it's my first Colson Whitehead experience, so that's a bummer! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Uri | 1/5/2014

    " All New Yorkers will love this book.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gregory | 1/1/2014

    " NYC is the most frustratingly fantabulous place on Earth. Colson gets it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth Hickman | 12/20/2013

    " I loved the first several "parts", lost interest and then it ended with a bang. I think anyone who has spent a lot of time in the City or has moved away will also love to have this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Micki MacDevitt | 11/25/2013

    " I really liked this...can definitely relate to MANY of the scenes he describes as a New Yorker. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mely | 11/13/2013

    " Gorgeous prose poems about New York. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Siobhan | 10/8/2013

    " A book for all five city senses. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julia | 6/18/2013

    " I love Whitehead's novels, but his quirky, overwrought style doesn't work nearly as well here. This is a collection of cynical, somewhat tired observations about New York, and the elaborate writing drags it down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Colin Anton | 1/28/2013

    " It felt like one big gigantic blog, and tapered off horribly. Every so often he captivated me with a line or two -- that really captured my love-hate relationship with New York -- but those moments were few and far between. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 1/23/2013

    " Great short essays about NYC that could only be described as a feat of creative nonfiction. Whitehead's unconventional voice gets a little tiresome despite its originality, but his observations about life in Manhattan are often dead-on, and ultimately all-encompassing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Darcy | 10/8/2012

    " The first chapter would get 5 stars. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Greg D'Avis | 6/26/2012

    " Has its moments but there's nothing particularly memorable here. It's well-written (of course, Whitehead is great) but lacks substance. If I lived in NY, maybe this would have more resonance, but it didn't do a ton for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robbie | 6/26/2012

    " A wonderfully rendered meditation on New York--get it for the subway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 6/23/2012

    " Brilliant poetic prose offer hilarious insight into the world's best city. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 4/24/2012

    " This book really is a love letter to New York. I don' t think every essay hit its mark but enough of them do to make a thought provoking journey through a variety of New York neighborhoods. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Irus | 2/23/2012

    " This is not a collection of essays. It is a stream of thought vomit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rossy Mendez | 1/25/2012

    " Great portrait of new york city. I visualized everything he was describing. Its NYC in its most romantic yet raw state... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kara | 1/7/2012

    " Some very good writing -- just not my thing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Candace | 9/25/2011

    " Essays, really prose poetry, on NYC. Images are vibrant--he notices so many details and conveys them vividly "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 6/1/2011

    " I've always wanted to live in New York and this book for just a short period of time made me feel like I was doing just that. "

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

    " keen observations about the mundane and the sublime in new york, in the key of e.b.white. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 4/14/2011

    " Great New York stories for non-New Yorkers and even better for residents. LOVE IT! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Irus | 3/29/2011

    " This is not a collection of essays. It is a stream of thought vomit. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Colin | 12/21/2010

    " It felt like one big gigantic blog, and tapered off horribly. Every so often he captivated me with a line or two -- that really captured my love-hate relationship with New York -- but those moments were few and far between.
    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie | 12/11/2010

    " Reads somewhat like the "leftovers" from a writer's notebook -- certainly authentic but lacking in cohesion. While the observations ring true, the sense that it is all raw data was frustrating to me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ray | 10/6/2010

    " I couldn't get through this book. I guess the author's style is considered somewhat poetic, but too much so to suit my taste. I thought of the book as generic ramblings about a big city. It didn't really bring me back to my days in NY. Not to my liking. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Irene | 9/23/2010

    " audio
    A refreshing editioral about looking a the energy of NYC "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clarice | 7/4/2010

    " Interesting read, I couldn't decide whether I hated his style of writing or loved it. In the end, I decided it was different, and poetic, if not a little ADD and chaotic. Either you'll love it or hate it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 4/5/2010

    " Stream-of-conscience-like but insightful post-9/11 nod to NYC. Some fresh takes on icons from Times Square to Brooklyn Bridge. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rossy | 3/15/2010

    " Great portrait of new york city. I visualized everything he was describing. Its NYC in its most romantic yet raw state... "

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About the Author
Author Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books. He is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and recipient of a Whiting Award and a MacArthur Fellowship.