Let the Great World Spin

  • by Colum McCann
  • Narrated by Richard Poe, Gerard Doyle, Carol Monda, Johanna Parker, Ramon De Ocampo
  • 15 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the dawning light of a late-summer morning, the people of lower Manhattan stand hushed, staring up in disbelief at the Twin Towers. It is August 1974, and a mysterious tightrope walker is running, dancing, leaping between the towers, suspended a quarter-mile above the ground. In the streets below, a slew of ordinary lives become extraordinary in best-selling novelist Colum McCann's stunningly intricate portrait of a city and its people.
Let the Great World Spin is the critically acclaimed author's most ambitious novel yet: a dazzlingly rich vision of the pain, loveliness, mystery, and promise of New York City in the 1970s.

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Not What I Expected - At All!

What did you love best about Let the Great World Spin?

Meeting the people. Not just learning about the character, meeting them in their lives right where they are.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Sam Peters, the youngest of the computer hackers. All of 18 years old and understands with a sudden clarity the connection that is more than just conversation.


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

It always seems that I notice the cadence. You can tell when someone is interested in talking to you, the lift, the pace of their voice. It is present in reading print, but it is undeniable in audio. The narrators seem to have not only read the book, but immersed themselves into the persons experience the are giving voice to.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The moments where those where the character was alone. laying on a bed, looking out a window, gazing, just sitting quietly with another. The most poignant was Jasslyn's last moments with Claire.


Any additional comments?

Reminded me over and over again of the quote from the 1959 movie, "Suddenly Last Summer" "...each day like a piece of sculpture, leaving behind us a trail of days like a gallery of sculpture until suddenly..."

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- Jessica Brown

Lushly written, intriguingly interwoven stories

I loved this book, and I am a picky listener. I loved the rich writing that made me stop occasionally to savor a turn of phrase. I loved the intertwined stories, although they did not go where I sometimes expected they would. The narration REALLY enhances the experience of the novel - hearing the various accents and voices really helped me see the kaleidoscopic nature of the story. Fabulous!
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- Laurie Ellington

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-16-2015
  • Publisher: Random House Audio