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  • City of Girls

  • A Novel
  • Auteur(s): Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrateur(s): Blair Brown
  • Durée: 15 h et 8 min
  • 4,5 out of 5 stars (1 159 évaluations)

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City of Girls

Auteur(s): Elizabeth Gilbert
Narrateur(s): Blair Brown
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An Instant New York Times Best Seller!

From the number-one best-selling 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, 19-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 89 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.

©2019 Elizabeth Gilbert (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Ce que les critiques en disent

"Blair Brown delivers a superb narration of Elizabeth Gilbert's novel, which features the recollections of a 95-year-old New York seamstress who came of age during WWII. Brown's straightforward, charming depiction illuminates the vivacious young woman the wistful elderly narrator remembers, and her conversational pacing creates vibrant pictures for the listener." (AudioFile Magazine)

"With all the conversations about sexual consent, it's risen up around the #MeToo movement... This author doesn't want us to forget there's also such a thing as female desire, the main character wants to have sex and she's not shy about hunting for it." (Whoopi Goldberg, The View "Ladies Get Lit Summer Reads 2019'") 

"Delightful…Terrific characters, gorgeous clothing, great one-liners, convincing wartime atmosphere, and excellent descriptions of sex…Don't miss out on her wonderful novels any longer." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) 

"Gilbert takes us to New York City in the glamorous 1940s, where the sex was plentiful and showgirls just wanted to have fun." (Oprahmag.com) 

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Okay

This book was pretty okay to listen to. Sometimes the repetition of a point said 10 different ways was annoying but overall the story was good and the lady reading the book was amazing at keeping all the characters voices straight. Not sure I am the biggest fan of it being written like letter to someone, but the story was original. Overall I would recommend.

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Fabulous

I absolutely loved getting to know the dynamic character Vivian. The narrator is phenomenal, jumping from one voice to another. I never wanted it to end

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A wonderful feel-good story

I was searching for an uplifting, fun story and this book gave me exactly what I wanted. An easy listen, performance of the narrator was excellent and the story plot itself was excellent. I would definitely recommend.

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Thank You for Helping Me Make Sense of My Life

This book is a must read for any woman who has grown up in a world of patriarchy and had to live with rules around feminine sexuality that don't make an ounce of sense. I can finally embrace my experience without guilt or shame. Thank you.

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Slow start and grating vocals

I had a hard time getting into this story- nothing grabbed me and I think it’s largely due to the narrators voice. It made me dislike the character, which was perhaps the point. The narrator was distracting and grating.

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wonderful!

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. such an amazing story and so well told. thank-you.

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Boring book

What a boring book and a waste of a credit. I enjoyed Eat Pray Love so much and that is why I chose this book.

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loved it.

I adore this book. I've listened to it twice now, the voice actor is phenomenal in my opinion.

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A Five Star Entertainment Experience!

I loved this read and the characters within, right from the start. Awesome author and the perfect narrator. Her character voices were superb. For those with a passion for the theatre industry, this will be especially delicious to read. I hope there is a movie for this one day, it will be a sure hit!

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Amazing Narrator

It’s been awhile since I LOVED a narrator but Blair did such an incredible job. The way she placed emphasis on certain words and the tone she used to describe instances in the story really made me feel like I was sitting in front of her. The story was just as good, I finished this in no time!

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