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Gritty and raw storytelling that at times became hard to follow because it often had a scattered and nonlinear approach. In the end, while sections of the writing were captivating, I found myself avoiding the book because it was just too sad and depressing. So much goes completely wrong with these often endearing characters that at times it became too overwhelming. Just too much predictable disaster, betrayal and sadness. Do be prepared for difficult and painful listening ahead in this sweeping saga of NYC circa 1980-2020.
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Full disclosure, this novel is graphic, and probably won't be everyone's cup of tea. Vivid descriptions of addiction, sex, and illness tear through the chapters of this incredibly moving, but difficult listen. Tim Murphy's writing is so fluid and so descriptive, it evokes the genuine essence and spirit of New York City. As a current resident, I found myself torn between loving and hating this remarkable city I call home. Christodora is truly an immersive audio experience as seven powerhouse narrators team up to provide remarkable depth to a handful diverse characters – from an upper-middle class Jewish couple, to a meth-addicted Puerto Rican man who was once revered for his activism during the HIV/AIDs crisis of the 80s and 90s – as their lives interweave at different points over the course of 40 years.
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