Winter's Tale

  • by Mark Helprin
  • Narrated by Oliver Wyman
  • 27 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This is a book about the beauty and complexity of the human soul, about God, love, and justice, and yet you can lose yourself in it as if it were a dream. You will be transported to New York of the Belle Epoque, to a city clarified by a siege of unprecedented winters. One night, Peter Lake—orphan, master-mechanic, and master second-story man—attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the affair between the middle-aged Irish burglar and Beverly Penn, a young girl who is dying. Because of a love that at first he cannot fully understand, Peter, a simple and uneducated man, will be driven “to stop time and bring back the dead.” His great struggle, in a city ever alight with its own energy and beset by winter, is a truly beautiful and extraordinary story.
℗ 2008 by AudioGO / © 1983 by Mark Helprin / Motion Picture Artwork © 2014 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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What the Critics Say

"This novel stretches the boundary of contemporary literature...is a gifted writer's love affair with the language." (Newsday)

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Customer Reviews

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Great book and narrator - bad technical glitch

I am almost finished with this recording, and it has been a pure joy all the way. That is, until Chapter 5 of Part 4. Suddenly, I was listening to a duplicate of an earlier part of the story. I skipped ahead to Chapter 6 and was hearing new text again, but I can't be sure what, if anything, I have missed. So I've tried to redownload Part 4 to see if it comes out right. Unfortunately, it stalls out at 119 mb and I'm having a hard time getting past that.

This kind of thing really fouls up the experience...
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- David

Misleading

The description of this book is about one small storyline and is hardly a part of the plot. We meet the girl Peter loves, she's there for about a chapter and then gone for the rest of the book. The story meanders, multiple characters are introduced and barely touch the story, only my insane need to finish a book I've started kept me going until the end. The description should be changed and imply that the story is about the mystery of Time and New York in the 1900's. A story of human interaction with a touch of magic and engineering.
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- Chantelle

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-13-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.