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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,066 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cathleen Schine Narrator: Nicole Roberts Publisher: HighBridge Company Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2007 ISBN:
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Cathleen Schine's brilliantly funny new novel revolves around one city block in Manhattan, a quiet little block near Central Park kept humble by rent control. Living on a street like this in New York with a dog is like living in a tiny village, one that has a rhythm all its own. Dogs bring people together unexpectedly, people who would otherwise never meet. And the dogs act as cupids for the people who live on the block (quiet, struggling, sometimes lonely, eccentric, old and young, male and female) who are, in their ways, romantics, as all New Yorkers secretly tend to be.

Walking her dog, Beatrice, Jody falls under the spell of Everett's bewitching smile. Everett begins to appreciate his post-divorce life only when he falls in love with Howdy, Polly's puppy. Polly lives with her brother, George, and wants him to fall in love. George isn't so much looking for a love life as for life direction, and Howdy leads him right to it. Doris hates the trash on her block, she hates the pee on her SUV's tires, and, above all, she hates dogs. That is, until she gets one of her own.

In The New Yorkers, as in life, canine companions compel their masters to go outside of themselves, to take part in the community they live in, to make friends, and, sometimes, to fall in love. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth Bonini | 2/8/2014

    " This charming book reminds me of Laurie Colwin's work -- not just because of the New York setting, but also because of the almost old-fashioned third person narration with its occasional authorial intrusion. I loved the descriptions: of New York, of the seasons, and of the characters and their dogs. This is high-quality comfort reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonia | 2/1/2014

    " It was well written, but not my favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adele Goetz | 1/31/2014

    " How could I not like this book? It's all about how dogs are awesome, especially when their owners are oddball New Yorkers. I'm sold. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Gordon | 1/31/2014

    " I really enjoyed this novel - I am sure it will appeal to dog lovers and owners everywhere. I am not a dog owner, but I certainly enjoyed the tender way the author handled the personal realtionships of the dogs owners to their dogs and to eachother. The book looks at the interaction between the residents of a very ordinary street in New York's Upper East Side. Love, infatuation, frienship and interpersonal relationships are examined with humour and sensitivity. The book shows us how pets actually help us as humans to come together socially and to interact, where without the help of a pet dog we may never have bothered. I loved the characters and found them very believable and intersting...the descriptions of the dogs were adorable. I gave the book 4 stars, not five as I did find the ending a little sad, abrupt and perhaps disapointing in way. It was however a great and entertaining read. It wont disappoint. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 1/29/2014

    " Contrived plot. Stupid ending. Neither witty nor funny, but I was on vacation with nothing else to do, so I read it. It wasn't terrible, and some moments might grab you if you can suspend disbelief. Someone who won't eat meat, bur foxhunts? Gimme a break "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 1/24/2014

    " This book started off being really cool and interesting: a group of New Yorkers who live on the same block's lives intertwine. The commonality that most of them have are dogs, but not all of the characters like dogs. The characters (and there are many), run the gamut from likeable, to annoying and useless. This is where I found fault in the novel, as I read on, I realized I didn't care for most of the characters, and by the end, the characters had little to no resolution. However, I did enjoy the dogs! Woof! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/24/2014

    " Light and fun about a block of Manhattanites who connect over their love for their dogs. Great if you love dogs and New York. Cathleen Schine really evokes the place. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Devon Boyles | 1/20/2014

    " This book was not very funny at all, and honestly I found myself disliking almost all the main characters. They were thoroughly depressing and self involved, and the dogs were really just an afterthought. It wasn't bad enough to stop reading part way through, but I would not recommend it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kerry | 1/20/2014

    " I was intrigued to read this book that it would really characterize a particular neighborhood in NYC. Unfortunately, I didn't really get drawn into the characters of the dogs or people. A lot of the characters, despite their relationships seem apathetic towards one another. I suppose I kept reading, hoping that the book would become more engaging. Alas...it didn't really happen. I still read the whole book though..usually I give up..so something kept me going. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 1/16/2014

    " Acceptable vacation read if your dog runs your life "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Beth | 1/14/2014

    " A lovely book about New York life and those city-dwellers who love their dogs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie Ludden | 11/29/2013

    " Cute but not the best Chick Lit on the market. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen | 11/25/2013

    " Cute read, but not compelling "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Esroar | 9/18/2013

    " This is about the people living on a block in NYC. I really enjoyed this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Bober | 5/24/2013

    " A fun, lighthearted read about the villages we create in even the vastest concrete jungles. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Regina Pollard | 5/14/2013

    " Quaint and amusing book about canine companions who change the lives of their owners for the better. The setting is a New York City street, the characters are real (and sad), and the animals are comical. Left a big smile on my face! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lynn | 1/10/2013

    " I agree the ingredients were there but it was chop illy written with no reason to root for the characters "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 6/20/2012

    " I liked the characters and the light feel of the narrative, but it was a bit like a loaf of bread that's over-risen: A little bit too hollow for some of the bites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 2/14/2012

    " I really liked the quirky charcters in this book. The plot reminded me of a Seinfield epsiode because it wasnt necessairly about anything but still captivated you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kat | 2/12/2012

    " The fifth star is for the last chapter, where we meet Fredericka's new owner. I literally laughed out loud, then teared up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janette Phillips | 9/20/2011

    " This was her best book as far as I am concerned. Very good and available at the Blfd Library. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kat | 6/2/2011

    " The fifth star is for the last chapter, where we meet Fredericka's new owner. I literally laughed out loud, then teared up.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janette | 3/16/2011

    " This was her best book as far as I am concerned. Very good and available at the Blfd Library. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Devon | 2/20/2011

    " This book was not very funny at all, and honestly I found myself disliking almost all the main characters. They were thoroughly depressing and self involved, and the dogs were really just an afterthought. It wasn't bad enough to stop reading part way through, but I would not recommend it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zeruhur | 2/9/2011

    " Libretto modesto e piuttosto insulso, senza un particolare approfondimento psicologico. Alcuni passaggi sono degni di nota ma in generale è un libro appena sufficiente. Giusto per i cinofili, ma forse neanche per loro. Ottimo libro da treno "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JoAnn/QuAppelle | 1/24/2011

    " AUDIOBOOK - this was a pefect "car book"...an interesting cast of somewhat quirky characters living on one street in NYC....a comedy of manners, as GR calls it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cristen | 1/8/2011

    " No real interesting stories or characters - generally ok. Not a great concept "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryann | 12/13/2010

    " A cute, fun read with an interesting intersection of characters and plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 12/2/2010

    " Fun book, especially if you a dog lover "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shilpa | 10/11/2010

    " enjoyed this while hanging out at the dog run in riverside park. "

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About the Author
Author Cathleen Schine

Cathleen Schine is the author of The New Yorkers and The Love Letter, among other novels. She has contributed to the New Yorker, New York Review of Books, New York Times Magazine, and New York Times Book Review.