Dreamland by Kevin Baker audiobook

Dreamland

By Kevin Baker
Read by John Rubinstein

HarperAudio 9781862073012

The City of Fire Trilogy: Book 1

6.01 Hours 1
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    ISBN: 9780060886769

This is Dreamland, a uniquely fierce and magical tale that delivers both a sweeping chronicle of America at the turn of the century and an intimate, heart-wrenching portrait of the lives of its denizens. Among the thousands of immigrants who arrive in New York harbor is an Eastern European stowaway called Kid Twist, who soon earns his keep as an enforcer for the ruthless gangster Gyp the Blood. Soon though, Kid brutally splits with Gyp, leaving him bleeding from a shovel wound to the head in a rancid basement on the Lower East Side. His life now in jeopardy, Kid flees to Brooklyn, finding asylum with a Coney Island carny known as Trick the Dwarf. While hiding out, Kid meets young Esther Abramowitz, a shirtwaist seamstress who labors under inhumane conditions. As their love affair blossoms, Esther emerges from quiet shop worker to foot soldier in the burgeoning labor movement. Changed by love, Kid, too, is no longer the ruthless scavenger he once was, as he prepares for an electrifying showdown with the vengeful Gyp the Blood. Kevin Baker's deftly imagined blend of meticulous historical research and assured narrative invention recreates a world bursting at the seams, a world of freak shows, cataclysmic exhibitions, mad dwarves, and bathing beauties. In prose that is at once ferocious and breathtakingly lyrical, Dreamland weaves a richly layered tapestry that captures perfectly the emotional and psychological essence of the American experience at the dawn of a new age.

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A New York Times Notable Book

This is Dreamland, a uniquely fierce and magical tale that delivers both a sweeping chronicle of America at the turn of the century and an intimate, heart-wrenching portrait of the lives of its denizens. Among the thousands of immigrants who arrive in New York harbor is an Eastern European stowaway called Kid Twist, who soon earns his keep as an enforcer for the ruthless gangster Gyp the Blood. Soon though, Kid brutally splits with Gyp, leaving him bleeding from a shovel wound to the head in a rancid basement on the Lower East Side. His life now in jeopardy, Kid flees to Brooklyn, finding asylum with a Coney Island carny known as Trick the Dwarf.

While hiding out, Kid meets young Esther Abramowitz, a shirtwaist seamstress who labors under inhumane conditions. As their love affair blossoms, Esther emerges from quiet shop worker to foot soldier in the burgeoning labor movement. Changed by love, Kid, too, is no longer the ruthless scavenger he once was, as he prepares for an electrifying showdown with the vengeful Gyp the Blood.

Kevin Baker's deftly imagined blend of meticulous historical research and assured narrative invention recreates a world bursting at the seams, a world of freak shows, cataclysmic exhibitions, mad dwarves, and bathing beauties. In prose that is at once ferocious and breathtakingly lyrical, Dreamland weaves a richly layered tapestry that captures perfectly the emotional and psychological essence of the American experience at the dawn of a new age.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A wild amusement park ride…Historical fiction at its most entertaining.”  New York Times
Dreamland is terrific fun.”  New York Times Book Review 
“An epic recreation of an era…A boisterous, rollicking carnival.” People
“A Dickensian epic…Meticulously researched and filled with passages of intoxicating, dreamlike frenzy.”  Entertainment Weekly
“Large, knowing, teeming with ambition and personality.”  Gentlemen’s Quarterly 
“Compelling…Dreamland is a wild ride…Paced like a police thriller.”  USA Today
“Remarkable…Original…Mingles real and fictional characters in an American fin-de-siecle swirl.”  Wall Street Journal
“This is literature and history at its finest.” Christian Science Monitor
“Mesmerizing…Dreamland tells us a great deal about what it means to be American.” Washington Post
“A sexy, dreamy romance.”  Los Angeles Times
“Brilliantly imagined and assiduously researched.” San Francisco Chronicle
“At once instructive and great good fun to read. A high-spirited and knowing saga of...an extravagant and surreal age.”  Boston Globe
“This novel entertains us, and it also makes us think.”  Chicago Tribune
“A populist masterpiece.”  Publishers Weekly
“Masterful and moving, this novel can transform a reader’s relationship with our history.”  Booklist (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Kevin Baker

Author Bio: Kevin Baker

Kevin Baker is the bestselling author of the novels Dreamland, Paradise Alley, and Sometimes You See It Coming. He is a columnist for American Heritage magazine and a regular contributor to the New York Times, Harper’s, and other periodicals. He lives in New York City with his wife, the writer Ellen Abrams, and their cat, Stella.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 6.01
Audience: Adult
Language: English