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Download The Colossus of New York: A City in Thirteen Parts Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (620 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Colson Whitehead Narrator: Colson Whitehead Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2004 ISBN:
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New York Times best-selling author and New York native Colson Whitehead composes a breathtaking tribute to his hometown. Whitehead captures the very essence of New York, infusing his reflections with the energy that permeates the city.

Thoughts on Central Park, the subway, Coney Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, and much more bring the city to life as never before. Reading his own words, Whitehead shapes his book into an unforgettable meditation on the greatest city in the world.

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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.