Grand Central

  • by Sam Roberts, Pete Hamill (foreword)
  • Narrated by Sam Roberts
  • 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A rich, illustrated - and entertaining - history of the iconic Grand Central Terminal, from one of New York City's favorite writers, just in time to celebrate the train station's 100th fabulous anniversary.
In the winter of 1913, Grand Central Station was officially opened and immediately became one of the most beautiful and recognizable Manhattan landmarks. In this celebration of the 100-year-old terminal, Sam Roberts of The New York Times looks back at Grand Central's conception, amazing history, and the far-reaching cultural effects of the station that continues to amaze tourists and shuttle busy commuters.
Along the way, Roberts will explore how the Manhattan transit hub truly foreshadowed the evolution of suburban expansion in the country, and fostered the nation's westward expansion and growth via the railroad.
Featuring quirky anecdotes and behind-the-scenes information, this book will allow listeners to peek into the secret and unseen areas of Grand Central - from the tunnels, to the command center, to the hidden passageways.
With stories about everything from the famous movies that have used Grand Central as a location to the celestial ceiling in the main lobby (including its stunning mistake) to the homeless denizens who reside in the building's catacombs, this is a fascinating and, exciting look at a true American institution.

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Grand Central Terminal; Then and now;

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I found this book to be both accurate and informative as it presents facts that other books on GCT haven't published which tells me the author did their homework. Presents the original intent of GCT as well as the roller coaster this piece of real estate has been through in the NYC market. Well done. Add a star of you like NY landmarks, add another if you are a railroad enthusiast, add another if you are a mechanical engineer.


What did you like best about this story?

The coverage of past to now


What about Sam Roberts’s performance did you like?

Flow of the reading


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Grand Central; America's Rail Station


Any additional comments?

Go see it in person

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- chris

Good content but horrible performance

The content of this book is interesting but the lackluster performance makes it very boring. This is probably the most monotone performer that I've ever listened to. I cannot recommend this book.
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- Don C. Rowland

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-24-2013
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio