Insomniac City

  • by Bill Hayes
  • Narrated by Stephen Bel Davies
  • 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Bill Hayes came to New York City in 2009 with a one-way ticket and only the vaguest idea of how he would get by. But, at 48 years old, having spent decades in San Francisco, he craved change.
Grieving over the death of his partner, he quickly discovered the profound consolations of the city's incessant rhythms, the sight of the Empire State Building against the night sky, and New Yorkers themselves, kindred souls that Hayes, a lifelong insomniac, encountered on late-night strolls with his camera.
And he unexpectedly fell in love again, with his friend and neighbor, the writer and neurologist Oliver Sacks, whose exuberance - 'I don't so much fear death as I do wasting life,' he tells Hayes early on - is captured in funny and touching vignettes throughout. What emerges is a portrait of Sacks at his most personal and endearing, from falling in love for the first time at age 75 to facing illness and death (Sacks died of cancer in August 2015).
Insomniac City is both a meditation on grief and a celebration of life, a love song to the New York City and to all who have felt the particular magic and solace it offers.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

moving, funny, perceptive

there's a lot to this story to make it come alive. whether or not you are already familiar with Oliver Sacks' work, this is a richly rewarding book that will help to restore your faith in life and the kindness of strangers
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- Matthew J. Brockwell

Amazing Read

Would you consider the audio edition of Insomniac City to be better than the print version?

Love the narration and really fun to listen to while driving!

What other book might you compare Insomniac City to and why?

Similar to Oliver Sacks books in that you learn something while also listening to art like writing.

What does Stephen Bel Davies bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His voice is perfect for this book!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

WOW this is gonna be good!

Any additional comments?

Thank you!

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- Vera

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-14-2017
  • Publisher: Audible Studios