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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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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.

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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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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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.