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Paradise City Audiobook

Paradise City

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Publisher's Summary

Beatrice Kizza, a woman in flight from a homeland that condemned her for daring to love, flees to London. There she shields her sorrow from the indifference of her adopted city and navigates a nighttime world of shift work and bedsits.

Howard Pink is a self-made millionaire who has risen from Petticoat Lane to the mansions of Kensington on a tide of determination and bluster. Yet self-doubt still snaps at his heels, and his life is shadowed by the terrible loss that has shaken him to his foundations.

Carol Hetherington, recently widowed, is living the quiet life in Wandsworth with her cat and The Jeremy Kyle Show for company. As she tries to come to terms with the absence her husband has left on the other side of the bed, she frets over her daughter's prospects and wonders if she'll ever be happy again.

Esme Reade is a young journalist learning to muckrake and doorstep in pursuit of the elusive scoop, even as she longs to find some greater meaning and leave her imprint on the world.

Four strangers, each inhabitants of the same city, where the gulf between those who have too much and those who will never have enough is impossibly vast. But when the glass that separates Howard's and Beatrice's worlds is shattered by an inexcusable act, they discover that the capital has connected them in ways they could never have imagined.

©2015 Elizabeth Day (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"As a state-of-the-city novel, it’s richer than John Lanchester’s Capital and less pleased with itself than Ian McEwan’s Saturday." (Evening Standard)

"An acutely observed and insightful portrait of contemporary urban life. Audacious, funny and shrewdly telling -- written with tremendous confidence and brio." (William Boyd)

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    I really enjoyed this interesting story of (4) diverse residents in London and the ways that their lives connect. Very much a character driven story, very well written, good ending. I'd recommend it.

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    "Please Elizabeth Day, could we have a sequel?"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Paradise City to be better than the print version?

    Never read novels only listen to them


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Beatrice was in my opinion the most well developed of the characters. Paradigm changing.


    Have you listened to any of Alison Reid’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Never have in my knowledge listened to her reading anything else.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    It's only a novel. The characters aren't real. The ending was smooth as silk. And it left me wanting more.

    My only beef was there were a lot of unnecessary figures of speech...and some of the dialogue a bit predictable. NEVERTHELESS. It is a good listen, with challenging and thought provoking scenarios and a satisfactory ending which still left wanting more.

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