Written By: Colm Toibin

Narrated By: Kirsten Potter

Date: May 2016

Duration: 7 hours 39 minutes


Colm Tóibín’s New York Times bestselling novel—also an acclaimed film starring Saoirse Ronan and Jim Broadbent nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture—is “a moving, deeply satisfying read” (Entertainment Weekly) about a young Irish immigrant in Brooklyn in the early 1950s.

“One of the most unforgettable characters in contemporary literature” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), Eilis Lacey has come of age in small-town Ireland in the hard years following World War Two. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn offers to sponsor Eilis in America, she decides she must go, leaving her fragile mother and her charismatic sister behind.

Eilis finds work in a department store on Fulton Street, and when she least expects it, finds love. Tony, who loves the Dodgers and his big Italian family, slowly wins her over with patient charm. But just as Eilis begins to fall in love, devastating news from Ireland threatens the promise of her future.

Author “Colm Tóibín…is his generation’s most gifted writer of love’s complicated, contradictory power” (Los Angeles Times). “Written with mesmerizing power and skill” (The Boston Globe), Brooklyn is a “triumph…One of those magically quiet novels that sneak up on readers and capture their imaginations” (USA TODAY).


  • Vanessa Carley

    I watched the movie first which made me want to read the book. I enjoyed getting more information from the book which helped me understand why certain things were happening. It also made me see how the movie really chopped up the story and I wish they would have added in scenes so that Eilis and Tony's relationship didn't seem so rushed since it actually went on longer than I originally thought. ******SPOILER******* What bugged me about the book is that Eilis seemed to constantly question her feelings for Tony and it felt as if she was just going along with the relationship because she thought he was nice. Whereas in the movie it seemed like her feelings for Tony were genuine and equal to his but she was just shy about expressing them. In that regard I liked the way the movie portrayed the relationship better. I was also yelling at her a lot more in the book than when I was watching the movie. Overall the story was slow paced but enjoyable while I listened to it while working.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Jessica W.

    I really enjoyed the book. I wish I could have been in Brooklyn during this time. this book is a quick read but it will take you on an adventure.

  • Jennifer Gagon

    I loved Brooklyn the movie, so I decided to listen to the book. Overall I loved the book as well. It obviously has a lot more details the movie, which I enjoyed learning about. Some I wish they added in the movie, but I was actually happy with how the movie was adapted from the book. They took almost all of the good parts and left out what was not needed. I'm also prefer the ending to the movie verses the book. It tied everything up better. The narrator did a great job handling all the different accents and made listening to the book more enjoyable than reading it. Overall I enjoyed the book and would highly recommend it to others!

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