A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Written by:
Betty Smith
Narrated by:
Kate Burton

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
July 2005
15 hours 0 minutes
A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick

The beloved American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the twentieth century.

From the moment she entered the world, Francie Nolan needed to be made of stern stuff, for growing up in the Williamsburg slums of Brooklyn, New York demanded fortitude, precocity, and strength of spirit. Often scorned by neighbors for her family’s erratic and eccentric behavior—such as her father Johnny’s taste for alcohol and Aunt Sissy’s habit of marrying serially without the formality of divorce—no one, least of all Francie, could say that the Nolans’ life lacked drama.

By turns heartbreaking and uplifting, the Nolans’ daily experiences are raw with honestly and tenderly threaded with family connectedness. Betty Smith has, in the pages of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, captured the joys of humble Williamsburg life—from “junk day” on Saturdays, when the children traded their weekly take for pennies, to the special excitement of holidays, bringing cause for celebration and revelry. Smith has created a work of literary art that brilliantly captures a unique time and place as well as deeply resonant moments of universal experience. Here is an American classic that ''cuts right to the heart of life,'' hails the New York Times. ''If you miss A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, you will deny yourself a rich experience.''
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Samantha A

This book was different than I expected, although I can't say exactly what that was. I enjoyed spending time with the Nolan's gritty early 20th century life, so different from my own but somehow equally familiar. Read it. It's captivating.

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Dee F.

The story is fantastic, and the narrator is phenomenal! I love how she reads with accents. Highly recommended!

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Crystal W.

my favorite book of all time. I am 64 and it has been my favorite since I was a child.

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Liz S.

Listening to this was an amazing. The writing is beautiful, the characters are so well rounded but still so likable. I also think this is the best audiobook narrator I have come across. wholeheartedly recommend. I plan to listen to this every year.

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Cassia S.

I loved this book!

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