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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Audiobook

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

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Why You Should Download This Audiobook: Betty Smith's immensely moving novel is essentially a paean to the human spirit—among most uplifting works we can think of. It's one of those stories you delight in giving to a good friend or family member who might be facing difficulty, certain that it could change the way they perceive life or give them strength to overcome a problem. It's also worth mentioning that this novel is a refreshing, plainspoken American work, a welcome change of pace if you've been lately persuing dense or complex works of literature.

Publisher's Summary

A moving coming-of-age story set in the 1900s, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn follows the lives of 11-year-old Francie Nolan, her younger brother Neely, and their parents, Irish immigrants who have settled in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Johnny Nolan is as loving and fanciful as they come, but he is also often drunk and out of work, unable to find his place in the land of opportunity. His wife Katie scrubs floors to put food on the table and clothes on her children's backs, instilling in them the values of being practical and planning ahead.

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Susan 07-02-15
    Susan 07-02-15 Member Since 2013

    A hopeless book lover

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    "I listen to this book at least once a year!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn to be better than the print version?

    Love both but the audio version more. The narrator brings everything to life for me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn?

    When Katie talks to Francie about romantic love, first as a mother, then as a woman. A very powerful moment indeed.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many but getting flowers from her father when she graduated brought me to tears.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book as a young girl and many times since. I always come away with something more. A truly wonderful book.

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    MsScarlet59 06-21-15
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    "Loved it!"

    Wonderful story of early 20th century immigrant life. Characters were very fleshed out and real. My only regret was not knowing about this book decades ago... I would've loved reading it in my teen years when I had more time for reading.

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    Big C USA 06-12-15
    Big C USA 06-12-15

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    Amazing story any young woman can relate to. One of those books to always have around when you need it.

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    documentarylady 05-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautifully written, real."

    I loved this book and only wish I had discovered it 25years ago. I could read it again and again. Thank you Betty Smith, thank you.

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    Leigh sweetland 05-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story wonderful narration!"

    I really liked the story of Francie Nolan. It was a rich story that drew me in!

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    Christine 05-15-15
    Christine 05-15-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Beautifully written. Human characters."

    Wonderful character development. Full and realistic portraits of each individual. The bittersweet truth of life for so many born in this time and place.

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    Lynn A. Davidson 05-15-15

    I love books. Love to read them, listen to them, and build my stash of them.

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    "A good story that could go on forever"

    This seems a long drawn-out story, however, staying with it the reader comes to really care about the main characters and wants to keep reading. It's like a good movie the viewer doesn't want to end.
    The narrator got the voices mixed up several times, but it was well done, regardless.
    The added bit after the story seems unnecessary.

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    Anna 05-12-15
    Anna 05-12-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic!"

    This is a powerful story of family strength and how challenges build character and develops the great ability to love.

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    ynigo 05-02-15
    ynigo 05-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "This is the best audio book EVER"

    I absolutely loved this story and the narrator. Kate Burton is by far my favorite narrator, her accents are spot on. What a wonderful performance framing an enchanting story. A must read.

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    Ben Maryland 04-23-15
    Ben Maryland 04-23-15 Member Since 2014

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    "One of the best, Timeless."

    There is a reason this book is regarded as one of the best of the 20th century. The story is timeless and compelling. I listen to many audible books. This is one of my favorites !

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