City on Fire: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: October 2015

Duration: 37 hours 45 minutes

Summary:

A big-hearted, boundary-vaulting novel that heralds a remarkable new talent: set in 1970s New York, a story outsized in its generosity, warmth, and ambition, its deep feeling for its characters, its exuberant imagination.

The individuals who live within this extraordinary first novel are: Regan and William Hamilton-Sweeney, estranged heirs to one of the city's largest fortunes; Keith and Mercer, the men who, for better or worse, love them; Charlie and Samantha, two suburban teenagers seduced by downtown's punk scene; an obsessive magazine reporter and his idealistic neighbor; and the detective trying to figure out what any of them have to do with a shooting in Central Park. Their entangled relationships open up the loneliest-seeming corners of the crowded city. And when the infamous blackout of July 13, 1977, plunges this world into darkness, each of these lives will be changed forever. A novel about love and betrayal and forgiveness, about art and truth and rock 'n' roll, about how the people closest to us are sometimes the hardest to reach-about what it means to be human.

Read by Rebecca Lowman with Macleod Andrews, Alex McKenna, Paul Michael, Tristan Morris, and Bronson Pinchot.

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  • Kathleen McMahon

    Complicated plotting and characters, set in NYC in the late '70's this book is worth the listen. The author has captured the types of people and places that existed in this time in the city and created flawed characters that you still root for.

  • Kathy Mackey

    Although too long for me , I found the interplay of characters interesting. I think the book could have been about 1/3 shorter

  • William Alan Dishman

    I don't generally like short stories but I loved this book. It's clever, funny, and poignant.