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)
The story of Francie Nolan and her family was a great one by Betty Smith.
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith takes a certain kind of narrator if on Audible.com and this one pulled it off and pulled me in with every character's voice and story.
Kate Burton did an an amazing job with Betty Smith's work! If I just read the book alone, I probably would have put it down and not finished it.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who's never read it before as I had not. Yes, it is long but completely worth it. Happy listening!
The story is so simple, but almost every sentence is like poetry. It's poignant and moving, and the narration was excellent. I didn't want it to end.
A classic. Excellently performed. I had long wanted to read this book and was not disappointed. An insight into immigrant life in early 20th century America.
A great book with wonderful messages about family values, work ethics, and a mothers love and commitment to ensure a better life for her children.
This story about immigrant families in the early 1900's was a refreshing read. Nothing spell binding about it, but this book was uplifting.
Great Story! Solid Performance. There is Jazz music punctuating the audio book. It is a misfortune as it only detracts from the experience. Some one please edit it out!!!!!!!
This is of the rare books that had a big impact on me as a young person and did not diminish as I grew older. I have re-listened to this audiobook, just as I reread it as a kid, and enjoyed it each time. When I read this in eight grade I *was* Francie Nolan. Now I see the richness of the story from the adults' point of view--especially her mother, Katie.
This is a book that will stay with you. The characters are wonderfully drawn and the story lurches along in the same somewhat haphazard way real life does. This is not a great novel from the aspect of plotting, but one that is great because you care tremendously for the characters, flaws and all.
Kate Burton's measured narration is perfect for this novel. She does not overdo the accents and her voice has exactly the right amount of introspection. Although it's set in pre WWI Brooklyn -- which is a pulsing character itself-- the story is fresh and relatable, made more so by the telling.
Wonderful story that takes you back in time. Allowed me to understand the times of my parents growing up and I was able to better understand my father's stories of his childhood. Listened 3 times repeatedly... It is that good!
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