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City of Girls

A Novel
Sprecher: Blair Brown
Spieldauer: 15 Std. und 8 Min.
4.5 out of 5 stars (257 Bewertungen)

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An Instant New York Times Best Seller!

From the number-one best-selling author of Eat Pray Love and The Signature of All Things, a delicious novel of glamour, sex, and adventure, about a young woman discovering that you don't have to be a good girl to be a good person.

"A spellbinding novel about love, freedom, and finding your own happiness." (PopSugar)

"Intimate and richly sensual, razzle-dazzle with a hint of danger." (USA Today)

"Pairs well with a cocktail...or two." (TheSkimm)

"Life is both fleeting and dangerous, and there is no point in denying yourself pleasure, or being anything other than what you are." 

Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love. 

In 1940, 19-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance. Her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. There Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters, from the fun-chasing showgirls to a sexy male actor, a grand-dame actress, a lady-killer writer, and no-nonsense stage manager. But when Vivian makes a personal mistake that results in professional scandal, it turns her new world upside down in ways that it will take her years to fully understand. Ultimately, though, it leads her to a new understanding of the kind of life she craves - and the kind of freedom it takes to pursue it. It will also lead to the love of her life, a love that stands out from all the rest. 

Now 89 years old and telling her story at last, Vivian recalls how the events of those years altered the course of her life - and the gusto and autonomy with which she approached it. "At some point in a woman's life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time", she muses. "After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is." Written with a powerful wisdom about human desire and connection, City of Girls is a love story like no other.

©2019 Elizabeth Gilbert (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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"Blair Brown delivers a superb narration of Elizabeth Gilbert's novel, which features the recollections of a 95-year-old New York seamstress who came of age during WWII. Brown's straightforward, charming depiction illuminates the vivacious young woman the wistful elderly narrator remembers, and her conversational pacing creates vibrant pictures for the listener." (AudioFile Magazine)

"With all the conversations about sexual consent, it's risen up around the #MeToo movement... This author doesn't want us to forget there's also such a thing as female desire, the main character wants to have sex and she's not shy about hunting for it." (Whoopi Goldberg, The View "Ladies Get Lit Summer Reads 2019'") 

"Delightful…Terrific characters, gorgeous clothing, great one-liners, convincing wartime atmosphere, and excellent descriptions of sex…Don't miss out on her wonderful novels any longer." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) 

"Gilbert takes us to New York City in the glamorous 1940s, where the sex was plentiful and showgirls just wanted to have fun." (Oprahmag.com) 

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Difficult start, strong end (..unfitting speaker)

The story seemed very promising, quickly became difficult to stay with. The main character seemed very self absorbed and superficial, no apparent growth as a human being. I did keep listening and about halfway through felt rewarded. The character became much stronger, the story rich and intriguing and profound.
The voice of the speaker was tough to listen to. To me it felt like 'fingernails on a chalkboard', harsh and did not fit the character at all. If i would have listened more carefully during the preview, i would have never purchased this version. I only kept listening because I was hooked on the development of the story.

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Amazing

I laughed and I cried. Thank you Elizabeth Gilbert yet again for a wonderful book full of fun, fear, truth, happiness and honesty! I loved it!

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Enchanting life story

Another reason why I didn't do any housework.
Initially it appeared to be a story of girlish romps in the big city but later it unfolds into a far deeper novel telling of disappointments, emancipation and the aftereffects of war.
Unputdownable. Great Brooklyn accents too..loved it.

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I love this book with all my heart

I've been listening to this book on repeat since a year now. I could write a book about what I love about this book. Enough said.

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Simply wonderful!

This book is another one of Elizabeth Gilbert's master pieces. I can't than suggest it to every woman who enjoys to laugh and cry over a beautiful story written with beautiful words. ♡

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Loved every second of it!

Such rich writing, a great story and a reader with the perfect voice for the character!

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Sehr empfehlenswert

Interessante, unkonventionelle Charaktere in einer zum Teil komischen, zum Teil herzerwärmenden Geschichte. Das Ganze so geschrieben und und vorgetragen, dass ich das Gefühl hatte, dabei zu sein.

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OK book

The last third of the book was pretty good. Otherwise not too impressive. But a nice easy read.

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Easy cool read

Just an easy, really cool and interesting read. Perfect for going on a walk or listening by cleaning. I loved It and you really fall in love with the vivi and everybody else.

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It will catch your attention

I liked the fact that the story talks about subjects that at that time was a taboo. The speaker voice is amazing.