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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 (284 évaluations)

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Description

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.

©2019 Elizabeth Gilbert (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Ce que les critiques 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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Au global

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  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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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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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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wonderful!

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

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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Loved it!

Loved every moment of it! From start to finish. I would love to see it as a movie

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars

Elizabeth Gilbert and Blair Brown deliver!

Treat yourself to this delicious, passionate, human story. Just when you think it’s all sequins and silly girls, Elizabeth Gilbert strikes right to the heart of human connection: the dark parts that make us whole, the full spectrum of love and redemption.

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars

Great Book

The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is because I felt at times it dragged a bit and the dialogue felt a bit spoon fed and predictable.

That being said, this book is great. I enjoyed the narration by Blair Brown. I felt that her voice is a good match for the time period in which the majority of the book takes place.

I related to many aspects of the story and characters. I found the descriptions of the clothing to be wonderful and felt like I was taken back in time to a different place. It is interesting to think about how even though it is 2019 there are still so many similarities today for women.

The characters grew on me. There is a lot that could be discussed after reading this book about sex, love, friendship, feminism, and grief. The best part is the setting of the Lily Playhouse in New York. Loved it!

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

Absolute magic

This is a fantastic foray into what it means to love the theatre, what it means to love characters so different from yourself, but most importantly what it means to love one’s self...or at the very least to learn to accept one’s self as good, despite the the definition of good decided by others. LOVED this book.

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

Outstanding novel. Stellar narration.

I am sad as I write this. Sad because I feel like I’ve just said goodbye to loved and cherished new friends. Vivian, Celia, Peg and Olive, Billy, and the rest of the madcap cast of characters in this extraordinary novel fairly jumped off the pages and straight into my heart (cliches be damned).

I adored Vivian and her ahead-of-her-time free spirit and independence. Imagining her life at the Lily Theatre in New York City the 1940s was thrilling - electrifying, even - and Gilbert’s writing transported me, for too brief a time, into that decadent, and then devastating, era.

For a book to get me to laugh out loud is a near impossibility; yet here I was chuckling regularly. I’m curious as to how much the narrator, Blair Brown, has to do with it. I suspect more than a small amount. Her performance was LEGENDARY. Her transitions, dialogues, use of irony and timing were bang on. I’d listen to her recite the Mueller Report with rapture. Please say she’s voiced more audio books!

This is my first Elizabeth Gilbert novel. Yes, I fully acknowledge I’m the only human who hasn’t read EPL, and yes, it’s next on my list. As soon as I can get over my love affair with City of Girls. ❤️

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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A great book!

I loved it. The narration is very well done. The story and character development is engaging, and kept me interested. I didn't want it to end.

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Histoire
    3 out of 5 stars

Fantastic reader, easy story

The reader of this story did a fantastic job. All of her accents and different voices were kept consistent and easy to distinguish. The story took a long time to get to where it was going. Seemed to be pushy on some points but overall it was an easy listen

  • Au global
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Finally... a book with a female sexual hero not clothed in shame!

Absolutely loved the authenticity of the characters. A book about acceptance of oneself and others for who they really are at their core. So refreshing to read a story centred around female sexuality and sexual behaviour that is not influenced or shaped by societal expectations. Even more poignant given its historical setting. Thank you Liz Gilbert for this story. I suspect I will read it again very soon.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2019-08-07

Excellent!

I've really enjoyed this novel due to the charming characters, time and writing way. To be read!

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Aude
  • 2019-07-11

Sensible, émouvant, captivant

Magnifique roman. Les personnages sont vrais, attachants, l’histoire de Vivian Morris est bien construite, drôle, rude et triste. On y parle de résilience, de sororité, de tolérance et de de la vie dont les coups n’épargnent personne mais qui continue et peut redevenir belle. Elisabeth Gilbert a, à nouveau, écrit un livre qui fait du bien.

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  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-06-18

The last two hours was interesting

I’m a Gilbert fan however this was my least favorite book she’s written. Some of the most interesting people in the book were dropped and we are left with a self absorbed self important protagonist. Once Frank came into the story it became interesting and thoughtful. However that was only the last two hours. I felt the best part of the story was rushed to a unsatisfying end.

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Kristin
  • 2019-07-17

Massively oversold presale, just ok book

I wasn’t really thrilled with this book. This was my first presale and after reading the summary I couldn’t wait til it came available. I didn’t not think it lived up to the hype, though the descriptions do bring images to life, I just didn’t love the story. It left me wanting more... more detail, more depth, more feeling.

9 personnes sur 9 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anita Kristensen
  • 2019-06-08

A strong story

I don't give my devotion easily; in fact, I'm probably quite a picky reader. So it thrills me to no end to once again bestow the highest mark to Liz Gilbert for one of her books: City of Girls. I loved it! It made me cringe, and it made me cry, it made me laugh, and it made me want to move to New York City in the 1940s :) I'm so glad I got to go on this journey Liz, just like I loved the journey of The Signature of All Things.
And as Liz would say:
Onwards <3

68 personnes sur 74 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Ana Del Valle Brown
  • 2019-06-13

Two books

First half is awesome. I felt like I was living vicariously through the main character in this 1940s experience.
Second half felt like a whole separate novel. Sullen.
The audible performance was excellent.

27 personnes sur 29 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Gilma M. Salazar
  • Atlanta, Ga
  • 2019-06-07

Reader is amazing!

Gilbert did it again, start very light and funny and move to deeper levels of pure human behaviors, yes a lot sex!. Love it, Vivian is a carácter that you will love and know to the bone.

43 personnes sur 47 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    1 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Live
  • 2019-07-04

Not up to expectations

This book does not live up to expectation and seems overrated. First part was ok, maybe even good. The second part was disappointing. I almost didn’t finish the book. The main character is difficult to like and the descriptions are superficial. The story lacks depth and the plot is not that interesting. I would not recommend spending time listening to this book. Find something else.

15 personnes sur 16 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    1 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Lisa Perkins
  • 2019-06-28

Kept waiting for the story to begin

I hung in for a few hours, eagerly anticipating the story to begin now that the groundwork had been laid. I was disappointed that this never happened. I'm a big EG fan but, sadly, I'm not willing to continue with this one.

15 personnes sur 16 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    1 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • TMFReaper
  • 2019-07-12

Ugh

I thought the book was over at the halfway point! If it had been I would have given it a much higher rating.

5 personnes sur 5 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Laura
  • Fillmore, CA, United States
  • 2019-06-05

Fun, Sexy, Smart

Elizabeth Gilbert never disappoints. She is smart and awesome. Her characters are fun, her turns of phrase and story telling made me write snippets on pieces of paper in my car. It's lush and alive and gratifying. I wish she had been the narrator. I'm excited for this launch!

45 personnes sur 52 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Shannon Childers
  • 2019-06-30

There wasn’t a clear storyline...

I was intrigued by the characters and the character development but I just couldn’t find a real point to the story. It also felt segmented into two parts. They almost felt like unrelated stories. I couldn’t finish it.

10 personnes sur 11 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente