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223 Orchard Street

Narrated by: Karen Peakes
Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
4 out of 5 stars (68 ratings)

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A heartening novel of the immigrant experience - and of redemption, self-sacrifice, and the power of hope when all else seems lost.

Irish immigrant Katie O’Connor and her younger sister, Shannon, risk everything to journey to America at the turn of the twentieth century. As each woman passes into an intimidating, stirring, and unpredictable New York City, she is forced to rethink her dream of a better life. It isn’t until Katie begins serving the sick in the depressed slums of the Bowery alongside Dr. Titus Brentwood that she discovers her true calling. Meanwhile, fate directs the vulnerable Shannon down an unsettling path that could put her life at risk.

As Katie’s and Ty’s selflessness and devotion turn into something deeper, Ty must make a choice that could save one O’Connor sister at the expense of losing the other. But Katie hasn’t come this far to let go now. She’ll do anything to save Shannon and hold on to the man she’s come to love.

©2018 Renee Ryan (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Overwritten and Predictable; Cloying language

I started this book during a long car trip. There is no way that I would have kept listening otherwise. As it was, I struggled to make it to the end due to the overwritten quality of the story and its predictable plot line. Cloying language. Everyone man is "rugged" and "beautiful," every woman "fiery" and "breathtaking." Love makes your heart go pound-pound-pound. Etc. A sentimental and predictable story. The author is good at creating characters and a story line, but then she fills it all in with a lot of cliched language ("rosy dawn" "heavy mahogany tresses" and so on). I did like the insight into the Irish experience of immigration, but that was about the only thing I enjoyed.

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Performance was wonderful

I truly enjoyed this book both for the performance and the story. The performance, thick with irish brogue but easy to understand paints a picture of the struggle for immigrants and they entered our country years ago and the lack of trust with "Americans". Once the story was laid out, it was easy to see the ending however it was so well performed that it didn't matter, it was lovely to listen to and a great story.

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More fairy tale than historical fiction.

More fairy tale than historical fiction. The performance was very good, I listened to the entire book, if I had been reading I would have put it down and forgotten it.

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Irish immigrants

A predictable tale of Irish immigrants with a happy ending. A weak cup of tea,but decent narration, but a book I wouldn’t read again. It wasn’t horrible nor was it a memorable read for me.