The Waterworks: A Novel Audiobook, by E. L. Doctorow Play Audiobook Sample

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Author: E. L. Doctorow Narrator: Mark Bramhall Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Length: Release Date: November 2013 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780804163729

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“An elegant page-turner of nineteenth-century detective fiction.”

–The Washington Post Book World

One rainy morning in 1871 in lower Manhattan, Martin Pemberton a freelance writer, sees in a passing stagecoach several elderly men, one of whom he recognizes as his supposedly dead and buried father. While trying to unravel the mystery, Pemberton disappears, sending McIlvaine, his employer, the editor of an evening paper, in pursuit of the truth behind his freelancer’s fate. Layer by layer, McIlvaine reveals a modern metropolis surging with primordial urges and sins, where the Tweed Ring operates the city for its own profit and a conspicuously self-satisfied nouveau-riche ignores the poverty and squalor that surrounds them. In E. L. Doctorow’s skilled hands, The Waterworks becomes, in the words of The New York Times, “a dark moral tale . . . an eloquently troubling evocation of our past.”

“Startling and spellbinding . . . The waters that lave the narrative all run to the great confluence, where the deepest issues of life and death are borne along on the swift, sure vessel of [Doctorow’s] poetic imagination.”

The New York Times Book Review

“Hypnotic . . . a dazzling romp, an extraordinary read, given strength and grace by the telling, by the poetic voice and controlled cynical lyricism of its streetwise and world-weary narrator.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer

“A gem of a novel, intimate as chamber music . . . a thriller guaranteed to leave readers with residual chills and shudders.”

Boston Sunday Herald

“Enthralling . . . a story of debauchery and redemption that is spellbinding from first page to last.”

Chicago Sun-Times

“An immense, extraordinary achievement.”

–San Francisco Chronicle

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Quotes

  • “Startling and spellbinding…The waters that lave the narrative all run to the great confluence, where the deepest issues of life and death are borne along on the swift, sure vessel of [Doctorow’s] poetic imagination.”

    - New York Times Book Review
  • “An elegant page-turner of nineteenth-century detective fiction.”

    - Washington Post Book World
  • “An immense, extraordinary achievement.”

    - San Francisco Chronicle
  • “Enthralling…a story of debauchery and redemption that is spellbinding from first page to last.”

    - Chicago Sun-Times
  • “Hypnotic…a dazzling romp, an extraordinary read, given strength and grace by the telling, by the poetic voice and controlled cynical lyricism of its streetwise and world-weary narrator.”

    - Philadelphia Inquirer
  • “A gem of a novel, intimate as chamber music…a thriller guaranteed to leave readers with residual chills and shudders.”

    - Boston Sunday Herald

Awards

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A USA Today bestseller

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About the Author

E. L. Doctorow (1931–2015) was known internationally for his works of historical fiction, including Ragtime, World’s Fair, and Billy Bathgate. He was honored with the National Book Award, three National Book Critics Circle awards, two PEN/Faulkner awards, the William Dean Howells Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the presidentially conferred National Humanities Medal.

About the Narrator

Mark Bramhall has won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, more than thirty AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has repeatedly been named by AudioFile magazine and Publishers Weekly among their “Best Voices of the Year.” He is also an award-winning actor whose acting credits include off-Broadway, regional, and many Los Angeles venues as well as television, animation, and feature films. He has taught and directed at the American Academy of Dramatic Art.