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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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Old New York City in the gangster era.

Story was well read and interesting. The North River is another name for the Hudson, used about 100 years ago. Nice story resolution. A lot of profanity but I suppose the author thought it proper for the time.

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Best book I’ve read in a long time!!

The narration of this book was INCREDIBLE for each of the characters and emotions! See full review on Goodreads. 🙂

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A quiet view of New York during the depression.

I really enjoy Pete Hamill’s style of writing and how he inserts intersecting New York history into his novels.

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beautiful story

loved every moment of this book ! wish it would have continued for another 10 chapters

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Beautiful book

Lovely beautiful story, I hope the rest of Pete hamill’s books are as good as this one.
Did not want it to end.

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Love Pete Hamill

I read this many years ago and enjoyed it. Last month our bookclub selected this and this time I listened. This book, as with most of Pete Hamill's work, was well written and has enough "meat" to discuss with a group. Its a sad yet hopeful story and it has great character analysis. If you are looking for an exciting plot this isn't for you. If you want a psychological journey then you will love it. If you are from NYC you will definitely enjoy it.

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Wished Pete Hamill had written a sequel!

I loved everything about this book and i would liked to have known more about the characters as WW II was on the verge of breaking out as it ends. All of them were young and had a lot of living to have expounded upon. I kept wondering about this "North River" that the title and the book refers to, so it was then that I learned this was the older name for the Hudson. I had never known that, but Hamill really knew "his" town.

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Riveting story

This book portrays sights and life in New York City between the two world wars.
People who enjoy historical fiction, suspense and developing romantic relationships will love this book.

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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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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.

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

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