The author certainly captured the ambiance of old New York and the complexity of the characters.
The plot moved along, but allowed one sufficient space to experience a different ethos.
Steven Boyer's performance was spot on.
I'm an engineer living in Vancouver, Canada.
I stumbled on this book waiting for a flight. After starting to listen I was glad I had a few hours to kill. A well written book combined with a great performance by Stephen Boyer made this a winner for me.
The weaving of a fictional characters into real events in NY in the late 1800's.
Well written, interesting story of two brothers in New York City circa 1850. They are early members in NYC's police force, known as the Copper Stars. A delicious tale with surprising twists and turns and a protagonist that you'll love.
The book deals with a time in our history that most of us are unaware of and yet that history really shaped our world as we know it today. The story was well done and kept me guessing to the very end.
When you realize just how disposable children were back then and how they had no one to speak for them.
The narriation was well done. I liked his voice and the pace at which he read was very good. There was also feeling in his voice.
No, the whole book was moving to me.
I think this is a very well written book, full of history with a great story line.
Such a great story. Well paced, quick moving, full of twists and turns and it kept me guessing until the last minute. The main subject matter of Timothy's investigations related to child prostitutes and at times I found it hard to stomach, but overall the book was so intriguing, I couldn't put it down and yet, I was very sad to have it end. The characters were well written and I rooted for them, hated them, and waited with baited breath to see where the story unfolded to next.
This was also the first time I listened to Steven Boyer read and he did a masterful performance. He was well paced and it was a joy to listen to and I'm looking forward to more of his narratives..
As a descendent of Irish immigrants who escaped the Potato Famine, I was very interested in the hardships and discrimination they endured. It was an unsparing account of a desperate time, and the story was tightly written with a compelling plot. The murder mystery kept my interest throughout. and I especially appreciated the author's research in uncovering the vernacular of the time.
My one quibble is with the narrator, who seemed to be adept at accents, and yet when he was speaking with the voice of Tim, the protagonist, he returned to one of a 21st century American. That made the quaint language sound false and awkward to me, and was distracting. I wished that the reader could have adopted some sort of "antique" accent that would have placed him in mid-19th century New York.
Overall though, a very enjoyable book.
I have to admit that I'm a total Audible junkie. MUST have book going at all times. I may be the subject of a family intervention someday.
Haven't, but he did a fine job. Wished for at least a hint of Irish in the lead character's speech though.
Gotta wonder if the producers of the terrific BBC series "Copper" have read or are aware of this book, as it has an awful lot in common: characters, setting, time frame (within 10-15 years) and even some plot points.
I'm crazy about the show, and really enjoyed the book. Matter of fact I'm hoping this signals the start of a series.
It was time well spent because the characters are interesting and the narrator was great! I was disappointed however in the second half of the book in which all of the loose ends were just thrown together.
Probably best at dramatizing the very rough nature of life in big cities then, focusing on the extra strains in NYC caused by the immigration of so many poor Irish and the anti-Catholic zealots who opposed them. The drama and crime around which the setting is described is itself not so compelling, though refreshingly open minded and liberal (in the old sense). Narrator is superb.
This provides good historical atmosphere for fans of NYC (I am one).
The widow baker is a minor character but provides a nice touchstone for the society.
The author makes a few of the characters a little too heroic (or deeply villainous)... the striving social worker/writer, the priest, the doctor, the new "cops" on the nascent police force. The strength of the story is the atmosphere, the setting of a burgeoning new city filled with people striving, with success and failure.
The narrator is excellent and gives sympathetic life to Timothy Wilde. The early days of the NYC PD are quite revealing. Tim's naive goodness is a little unbelievable, and the rampant bribery, prostitution, murder in this period of extreme religious intolerance and dirty politics are painted very black. Still, this portrait of New York City in a turbulent time holds the reader's interest through most of the story.
This book can hold its own in the field of Historic Fiction, but, in the end, the sensationalism of the mystery becomes somewhat repetitive and tedious.
The color and life of Manhattan in 1845 come alive with the narration--Boyer's grasp of the various accents of the city add a lot to the story.
I do not see this as a movie, but it might make a good short series on PBS.