I got so hooked on this book that I was hard pressed to put it down. I find myself wanting to learn more of the history presented in the book, want to learn more of the characters. The narrator was great! I plan on listening to this one again.
Caleb Carr- stunning attention to detail.
seems to embed himself unto the book, the actors: and might I also add how appreciative I am that the female characters are not caricatured with that odd light breathy high whispery voice that most narrators use.
Thrilled to admit that ALL these characters are memorable.
I am consistently disappointed by most everything I read. No meat. Watery... BORING...and the worst?!?!
Easy outs from the author in those last two chapters... nothing pisses me off more than hearing that odd music at the end of an audible book..."we hope you have enjoyed"...yadda yadda,.
Authors I beg of you....WRITE GREAT ENDINGS! PLEASE!!!!!
Forgive me... I digress...
This is a STRONG book... from beginning to end.
This has legs! And the prose is wonderful. All characters are detailed, developed.
And wonderfully balanced.....
Pace is joyous. Meticulous by way of historic background.
i am angry again! why?
I know that I will not find another diamond like this for a while!
I mostly listen to books while exercising, which pretty much explains all of the action/thrillers on my list.
A good tale with lots of interesting detail on New York at an interesting point in its history. The main character is likable and plausible and the history of the beginnings of the NYC police force are fun.
love audio books - Anglophile
Having really enjoyed the Copper series on BBC America last Fall (set in 1864), I loved this story that occurs in 1845 when the NYPD was formed. In addition to learning about an earlier NYC, there's also an interesting murder mystery. I've recommended this book to a friend who grew up in NYC, and I can't wait to check out some of the remaining historical buildings and locations.
The leading character is a truly remarkable human being -- an intensely caring person, courageous and forgiving despite moments of intense stress and anger.
I can't possibly answer this question without creating a "spoiler," but here's a hint: it concerns the evolution of the relationship between the main character and his brother.
Mr. Boyer made the character -- who is the narrator of the story -- come to life. He got into the part brilliantly.
I couldn't manage one session because of other responsibilities, but I turned it on to continue every chance I got. One-word answer: definitely!
This work is uplifting at end, but it also describes a rather dark time in New York CIty, and is not for the squeamish. I'd love to give it five stars in every category, but I couldn't because of this consumer advisory. If you don't mind a bittersweet, rough ride, I'd recommend it highly.
I REALLY like Steven Boyer. His characters are not over the top, I could really visualize each one. The story reminds me of Gangs of New York but I enjoyed it. I will purchase other books that Mr. Boyer narrarates.
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.