• by Tim Murphy
  • Narrated by Cassandra Campbell, Christa Lewis, Suzanne Elise Freeman, Prentice Onayemi, Thom Rivera, Kyla Garcia, Will Damron
  • 17 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this vivid and compelling novel, Tim Murphy follows a diverse set of characters whose fates intertwine in an iconic building in Manhattan's East Village, the Christodora.
The Christodora is home to Milly and Jared, a privileged young couple with artistic ambitions. Their neighbor, Hector, a Puerto Rican gay man who was once a celebrated AIDS activist but is now a lonely addict, becomes connected to Milly and Jared's lives in ways none of them can anticipate. Meanwhile, Milly and Jared's adopted son Mateo grows to see the opportunity for both self-realization and oblivion that New York offers.
As the junkies and protesters of the 1980s give way to the hipsters of the 2000s and they, in turn, to the wealthy residents of the crowded, glass-towered city of the 2020s, enormous changes rock the personal lives of Milly and Jared and the constellation of people around them.
Moving kaleidoscopically from the Tompkins Square Riots and attempts by activists to galvanize a true response to the AIDS epidemic, to the New York City of the future, Christodora recounts the heartbreak wrought by AIDS, illustrates the allure and destructive power of hard drugs, and brings to life the ever-changing city itself.


What the Critics Say

"It's said that any ensemble cast is only as strong as its weakest member, and in this audio performance, there's not a weak link to be found. Each narrator in the group brings something unique and enjoyable to the production.... Thought-provoking, precise, complex, and real, Christodora's narrators are a glorious reflection of the novel itself." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Whoa Where Did THAT Come From?

Beautiful and painful, this book sucked me in and took me somewhere else, even if it is just somewhere else in the city I live in. By the end I had cried, seriously cried several times and I can't remember ever shedding tears while reading a book. I so identified with the main character I started to feel what she felt and it's been a while since a book took me close to that. The only thing I wish is that a couple of he characters were more developed ....but really I just adored it.
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- GCS18

Like Donna Tartt doing AIDS

The writing is a little ham-handed, especially in the beginning, but the story kept me going. Lots of self-absorbed people making questionable decisions means it's never boring. I cared enough about the characters to get choked up and also to yell at them. Recommended.
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- Ignatius

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-02-2016
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.