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Publisher's Summary

In North River, critically acclaimed, best-selling author Pete Hamill whisks listeners back to 1934, when the Great Depression held New York City in its relentless grip, for a story of one remarkable man's perseverance.

Haunted by the horrors of World War I, Dr. James Delaney's personal life is a nightmare. But everything changes when he returns home one day to find his three-year-old grandson on his doorstep.

©2007 Pete Hamill (P)2007 Recorded Books

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I absolutely loved this book

Was sorry it ended. I could relate to the location as I once lived on the street where the book was set.

I am a fan of Pete's work. Like most of his fiction the ending is generally not as realistic as the portraits in the body of the book. I am willing to overlook this minor flaw as I am generally completely enthralled and entertained by his writing.

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  • Peggy
  • United States
  • 05-18-15

Beautiful story with excellent narration

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This story stuck with me for quite a while because of the characters and the the realistic, in-the-zone mood it created. Henry Strozier is my favorite narrator and Pete Hamill's writing was so personal and involved it makes me want to read more of his works.

What about Henry Strozier’s performance did you like?

Henry Strozier's voice is easy to listen to and adds realism to the reading.

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Interesting

The book starts off a little slow but then gets better. The narrator was not too good. Should have had different voices for women and the child.
Overall nice...but this was my first audio book.

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  • Eileen
  • Charlotte, NC, United States
  • 08-01-08

Good but...

I loved this book until I was about three fourths of the way through. The characters are well written, with very human flaws. There is great period detail, and the descriptions of New York and the the neighborhood really evoke the 1930's and the impact of the depression on the people of that period.

Unfortunately, after you get to know the characters, they begin behaving in a way that is not congruent with the picture that has been drawn. The ending was interesting, but seemed like the ending to another book.

Pete Hamill's writing is wonderful, and his love for New York is evident in every line. Overall, I recommend the book, but with a warning that the end may not satisfy.

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  • Paul
  • Highland Park, IL, USA
  • 07-13-08

Well written, but low stakes

Hamill definitely writes well, and the story of a doctor in a downtrodden section of Manhattan during the Depression years has a few heartwarming moments, as well some interesting tidbits of old New York City history. But there is no great suspense here, no feeling that the protagonist is ever in real danger or real trouble. That's why I'd call this "low stakes" as far as suspense is concerned. I finished this one because the characters, even some of the secondary ones, are very well developed, but nothing much happens to them. I could have stopped anywhere along the way and not lost anything.

One of the characters is toddler boy, and I found the baby voice characterization very annoying. However, that's not the narrator's fault; he's doing the best he can with the material.

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