When Johnny dies, leaving Katie pregnant, Francie, smart, pensive and hoping for something better, cannot believe that life can carry on as before. But with her own determination, and that of her mother behind her, Francie is able to move toward the future of her dreams, completing her education and heading off to college, always carrying the beloved Brooklyn of her childhood in her heart.
©1947 Betty Smith; (P)2001 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"There's a reason this tale remains beloved after almost 50 years, and it stands with memoirs like Angela's Ashes for its happy-ending triumph over a bad childhood." (AudioFile)
"A profoundly moving novel, and an honest and a true one. It cuts right to the heart of life." (The New York Times)
Estate planning lawyer and mom to two boys. My older son liked audiobooks as an infant, and I've listened to a lot since then.
Yes, this was a great audio for children and adults. I was especially glad my 12 year old and I listened together. I have never seen him so often pause an audio to discuss various aspects -- the clothes, the ethnic stereotypes, what various words meant, etc. Those discussions were probably as educational as anything. He's reading this book for school, but I know listening to the audio while he has the book in front of him has made it into a pleasure for him.
Probably Francie, but Kate Burton is a wonderful all--around narrator.
I think it is too intense and long, but certainly it is compelling to listen as long as you can. We're actually on our second listen, which is unusual to imagine for such a long book.
Ordinarily I like some music as a part of an audio, but somehow the music played between chapters here is a little jarring. My son calls it Random Music Moment.
audio book junkie
I'm in love with this book. I had heard the title in countless pop-culture references and amongst peers throughout my life and when I came across it on Audible I decided to give it a try. The detail in this book is stunning, I swear Betty Smith writes for 10 minutes about the process of buying a pickle in the early nineteen hundreds and it's totally engrossing - how does she do that?! "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" is really a slice of life in a time of American that has long since past. It is simply magical to be transported to that time and place. The story is simple, "A Tree..." doesn't have extreme twists and turns, it is a more gentle curving story of the ins and outs of life, family and poverty. Great read, I recommend it.
Easy to enjoy, with timeless characters and a great narrator. Never boring, tho never really enthralling. A great listen.
This book rates in the top 10.
Francie Nolan is my favorite character, although I loved her aunt cici and her mother as well. All the characters were so richly written and so intertwined that it's hard not to love them all.
Not sure, but I thought she did a wonderful job with 'A Tree Grows In Brooklyn'.
I couldn't stop listening to it. It's such a wonderful story.
This is an American classic worth listening to. So happy I downloaded it.
I love books.
I first read this when I was twelve, and I thought it was wonderful. I recently re-read it, and I can easily remember the beauty I saw in it when I was a young girl. It is stories like this that are timeless and touch the hearts of all people. In this book, I saw God.
Living in Brooklyn 90 years after this book was written, gave me great insight into the difficulties faced by those who have gone before. The struggles and lifestyle of this family are so understandable. The tenacity displayed and the warm depth of characters in this book make it a great way to understand why the neighbourhood is the way it is now - the villages that have all joined, the community feel of living in Brooklyn (as apposed to living in Manhattan) now makes much more sense. A wonderfully easy way to learn from history - highly recommended!
Love to listen and walk or run and knit, knit knit
Truly loved this book!.
The narrator was spot on and I could picture the little girl growing up before my eyes. I can see why this book was required reading for high school students.
I wish I had read this book years ago, I was a child in the 40's and poor, I can't believe the memories this book dug up for me. I think everyone in the world would appreciate and relate in some way to this book it is brilliant. I remember the survival mode we had to go into just for food. The part about the spot on her arm from dirt this happened to me, I cried at that part. If you have half a heart for the people that are not as well off as you are read this book and feel what it was or is like to be there. The Pride you have to dig up on a daily basis is phenomenal. Well written and put forth. Thank you.
Gave this to my daughter to read right after. Loved the characters, writing and narration. It's a great coming of age story.
This is truly one on the best books I have ever read. I cannot believe I hadn't found it sooner. Thank you Betty Smith. I wish there was a series of Francie Nolan books. I fell in love with her and her family!
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