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4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5 4.50 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Helprin Narrator: Oliver Wyman Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2008 ISBN:
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This is a book about the beauty and complexity of the human soul, about God, love, and justice, and yet you can lose yourself in it as if it were a dream. You will be transported to New York of the Belle Epoque, to a city clarified by a siege of unprecedented winters.

One night, Peter Lake - orphan, master-mechanic, and master second-story man - attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the affair between the middle-aged Irish burglar and Beverly Penn, a young girl who is dying. Because of a love that at first he cannot fully understand, Peter, a simple and uneducated man, will be driven to stop time and bring back the dead. His great struggle, in a city ever alight with its own energy and beset by winter, is a truly beautiful and extraordinary story.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kitson | 2/19/2014

    " Started with mind-boggling beauty and self-assuredness. Wandered into postmodern-ish pseudo physics bullshit midway through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff Brearley | 2/9/2014

    " This was the first one I read.Absolutely astounding texture and detail from such a young writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 2/6/2014

    " This is a book I would never have otherwise read. It's a long bad boy and is sometimes hard to get through, but it was actually pretty good and I feel pretty dang smart for having read it. It's an interesting look at NY over the ages. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natasha | 1/25/2014

    " A book that read pretty quickly despite its length. I loved the description of the city and the various machines. This book did confuse me quite a bit. I wasn't sure what time period it was supposed to take place in and there are two time periods mentioned, but with no real dates. I also didn't like how Beverly fell in love with Peter almost instantly and had sex with him right away. There was too much falling in love way way way too quickly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 1/23/2014

    " One of my favorite books of all time. Highly recommend reading this during the snowy winter. Fantasy plus city plus characters that become your friends = pure pleasure read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 1/20/2014

    " stunning. essentially, a love letter to new york; both an indictment of its virtues and an exultation of its myriad flaws. every word, passage and character, like the citizens of the city itself, stumbles toward something transcendent, part of a larger plan that only history can ever know for sure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Nelms | 1/19/2014

    " Beautiful descriptions of winter and the inner workings of New York. The first part was great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 1/17/2014

    " Loved and recommend it. Awesome magical realism. A truly beautiful book. "

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

    " I think this was one of the best books I ever read. Once I started, I just could not put it down. Beverly and Peter will live in my mind forever! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 12/15/2013

    " Descriptive, detailed book which I enjoyed very much. The only reason I didn't give it 5stars: the ending was a bit weak. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 12/10/2013

    " I read this book over 10 years ago and I remember it being one I had to read, put down for a couple months and then finish reading (several times) I liked it but it was long, and sometimes wordy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan | 12/7/2013

    " Don't let the length and the flying horse deter you. This book is well worth reading, as is most every work of fiction by Mark Helprin. (Too bad about his non-fiction.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 11/27/2013

    " One of the all time greatest books I've ever read. Seriously makes you stand in awe of what is possible with the written word. That's all I'm gonna say. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 8/19/2013

    " the first author we ever met with at CITYterm...what an amazing first 300 pages "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 5/6/2013

    " An excellent book... a bit of a slog in parts, but definitely worth it. Beautifully realized characters, beautiful language in general. Lovely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harry Steinman | 3/15/2013

    " One of my all-time favorites "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 2/25/2013

    " I could not remember the name of this book for the life of me! I just remember that I loved it! Perfect book for a long winter's night (or two). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 11/24/2012

    " Finished reading this today. I want some of the drugs Helprin was on when he imagined this one! Whew! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 8/6/2012

    " One of the most beautiful books I have ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Daly | 6/12/2012

    " One of the most beautifully written books I have ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerri Sandberg | 1/3/2012

    " I re-read this every winter. It's magically delicious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 9/1/2011

    " Pretty much a perfect book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 7/29/2011

    " I am very fond of this book despite its ultra-conservative author. But am depressed by the news that a film is under production starring Russell Crowe as Peter. Crap! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth | 6/28/2011

    " I love this book - a fantasy about New York, just incredible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 5/17/2011

    " Loses half of its charm in the translation. Ps: the devil is in the descriptions (how would they transfer those to the big screen?!) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 CCC | 5/14/2011

    " This guy is one of the most gifted writers I have ever read. Poetic, lyrical, insightful. I can't even remember how many times I stopped to savor and re-read a beautifully crafted section. Damn, damn damn, this man can WRITE! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 5/10/2011

    " Read this book eons ago and it still remains one of my top 10 all time favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 5/4/2011

    " One of the most beautiful books i ever read - the visions of NY are spell-binding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Asproreps | 4/14/2011

    " Just reread this book for the third time and found even more that I had missed before. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ants | 4/11/2011

    " A fantasy that is set in a familiar setting - I am a sucker for that. Especially, since the book is well written. New York City. The Hudson River. The mudflats of New Jersey. Upstate New York. (sigh.....) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 3/28/2011

    " I will never forget reading this novel. It's language captivated me from the start and made me love the story. I read it years ago, but it still informs me, and the writer I aspire to be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 3/10/2011

    " Unbelievably good writing descriptively. I'd think, "this writing is just beautiful . . . but how long is this story going to last." Worth 4 stars for the writing at the descriptive level. Minus 1, maybe more, for unnecessary duration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 3/1/2011

    " wonderful, fabulous, wished it would never end! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 2/28/2011

    " One of my favorite books ever. "

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About the Author
Author Mark Helprin

Mark Helprin was educated at Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, and Oxford. He served in the Israeli military and the British Merchant NavyHe is the acclaimed author of Winter’s Tale and numerous other works.

About the Narrator

Oliver Wyman is an actor and award-winning audiobook narrator. His first full-length audiobook, It’s Not about the Bike, won an Audie Award. Quickly renowned for his versatility, he went on to win several Audie Awards and seventeen AudioFile Earphones Awards in genres ranging from drama and humor to nonfiction and children’s stories.