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City of Girls

A Novel
Sprecher: Blair Brown
Spieldauer: 15 Std. und 8 Min.
4.5 out of 5 stars (44 Bewertungen)

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From the # 1 New York Times bestselling 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, nineteen-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 eighty-nine 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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This is so much fun

This is so much fun. That's all there is to say. I really enjoyed it

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Didn't get bored once

I listennend to this book during my holidays and couldn't stop. Thank you Elizabeth Gilbert for taking me to New York City's 1940s and also for showing me the development of a young girl who is discovering her own values even though they don't ressemble those of her surroundings. I didn't get bored once although I was really doubting the end would come together this nicely. Be ready to drop a tear or two at the end.

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Deliciously bubbly, entertaining, inspiring.

Absolutely loved this beautiful and honest story. Liz Gilbert has done it again. Congratulations and thank you.

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sehr unterhaltsam und mitreißend

es ist sehr unterhaltsam und mitreißend geschrieben, Stimme der sprecherin sehr angenehm. sehr zu empfehlen

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Unimportant and frivolous

The amount of positive reviews is surprising to me. I found the leading lady of this book to be an entitled, frivolous and boring character who only talks about her own beauty and how many men she’s seduced. I expected more from Elizabeth Gilbert and of the story. It’s trying to be cute and fun but for me it was tedious and the only reason I finished the book was because I enjoyed listening to the narrator.

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