- My Manhattan
- Narrated by: Pete Hamill
- Length: 6 hrs
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 12-17-04
- Language: English
- Publisher: Hachette Audio
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Through the city's transformations, the pulse of Pete Hamill's brilliant voice melds with the pulse that drives New York, that mixture of daring, greed, anger, rebellion, hope, entrepreneurialism, and longing that never fades. Written by native son who has lived through some of New York City's most historic moments, Downtown is an extraordinary celebration of the magnificent, haunted place that Hamill continues to call home, and that people from all over the country and the world have come to call their own.
"A delightfully personal, robustly informative portrait of New York....A marvelous read for anyone who has a hometown." (Booklist)
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By Interested Party on 09-20-16
Would you listen to Downtown again? Why?
I am on my second listening of the book, it is so rich in history.
Any additional comments?
Superb writing. Poignant in parts, enlightening in many other ways. Stories of his family, and so many other key characters. Buildings and newspapers are also "characters" in Pete Hamill's book, and perhaps that's also part of why I love this book.
By David Ross on 09-09-05
A frustrating read
The book was frustrating to me due to the author's disjointed style and lack of specifics. The fact that Mr. Hamill loves Manhattan is clear, but so is his past history as a writer for a newspaper tabloid. This feels like a quick newspaper article, extended ad-nauseum. There seems to be no clear structure to the book, be it by location, theme, time or date. Thoughts seem to have appeared on paper through stream of conciousness. I was further frustrated in my desire to learn about the history of Manhattan by the dearth of specific anectodes or data to support generalities in the book. The non-New Yorker can learn a little bit about the Island of Manhattan, but it takes a lot of patience.
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