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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.
©1983 Mark Helprin (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America
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Critic Reviews

"This novel stretches the boundary of contemporary literature...is a gifted writer's love affair with the language." ( Newsday)
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4 out of 5 stars
By David on 04-11-11

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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51 of 51 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Omar on 09-11-10

OMG! Helprin is the American Homer!

No, not Homer Simpson, though you will find many side-splitting laughs to rival Marge's tubby hubby.

Helprin is the best living writer in the English language, maybe any language. This epic adventure defies any description of the plot which is so magnificently constructed, so sublime as to compare to any masterpiece (architectural, pictorial, sculptural, technological). One can appreciate it, but recounting it diminishes its artistry, beauty and grandeur. If you are fortunate enough to have a hard copy, then read, listen, read, listen. Your efforts will be rewarded, your soul enriched, and you will be restored to your proper senses. In reality, this praise applies to the five titles that I have read.

The reading on this audio is well done and captures the spirit of the story throughout.

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