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City of Girls: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Elizabeth Gilbert

Narrated By: Blair Brown

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: June 2019

Duration: 15 hours 9 minutes



From the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat Pray Love and The Signature of All Things, a delicious novel of glamour, sex, and adventure, about a young woman discovering that you don't have to be a good girl to be a good person.

'A spellbinding novel about love, freedom, and finding your own happiness.' - PopSugar

'Intimate and richly sensual, razzle-dazzle with a hint of danger.' -USA Today

'Pairs well with a cocktail...or two.' -TheSkimm

'Life is both fleeting and dangerous, and there is no point in denying yourself pleasure, or being anything other than what you are.'

Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love.

In 1940, nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance. Her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. There Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters, from the fun-chasing showgirls to a sexy male actor, a grand-dame actress, a lady-killer writer, and no-nonsense stage manager. But when Vivian makes a personal mistake that results in professional scandal, it turns her new world upside down in ways that it will take her years to fully understand. Ultimately, though, it leads her to a new understanding of the kind of life she craves - and the kind of freedom it takes to pursue it. It will also lead to the love of her life, a love that stands out from all the rest.

Now eighty-nine years old and telling her story at last, Vivian recalls how the events of those years altered the course of her life - and the gusto and autonomy with which she approached it. 'At some point in a woman's life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time,' she muses. 'After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is.' Written with a powerful wisdom about human desire and connection, City of Girls is a love story like no other.


  • Kelly V.

    This book is FABULOUS!! The narrator is pure perfection and the quick wit will have you laughing out loud. A must listen!!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Loved this book! The story was so engaging and about a women that were ahead of there time, free thinkers, independent but still love men.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Jackie S.

    I kept hoping it would get better but it never really did. The type of book you can’t wait to finish so you can start a better one.

  • Loren B.

    I loved this book! So well written with humor and candor. I was transported to the 1040s in NYC and loved every minute of it. Great characters and interesting story. Blair Brown reads the book and she is outstanding!! She made it even more fun to listen to. I recommend this book. It is heartfelt and sincere.

  • Beth W.

    This was such a fun book!

  • Lynn T.

    I loved this book.I felt sad to have it end

  • Anonymous

    At first start I was very unsure. It seemed very different from what I expected from Elizabeth Gilbert. But the more I listened the more in depth it became. I found I could identify whole heartedly with the main character as she grew as an independent woman throughout the book. By the end I was in tears as I listened . So powerful. highly recommended.

  • Sammantha S.

    Absolutely wonderful!!! I fell in love with Vivian and couldn't stop listening to her story. A pure delight

  • Mary Jeanne M.

    Terrific book and really enjoyed the narrator. Her voice inflections made all the difference in understanding nuances in the story.

  • Sonia S.

    This book was so boring. I had to fast forward On many parts. The story isn’t even interesting. I kept waiting for the author to get to the plot. No such luck. The narrator slipped in to several really bad accents. I found myself yelling at the speakers in my car begging the the narrator to get on with it. Just really bad

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