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City of Girls

A Novel
Lu par : Blair Brown
Durée : 15 h et 8 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (38 notations)

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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

Commentaires

"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 book is a rough diamond

This book is literally a rough diamond of feminism, a beautiful story of life, sex, social morality and real love. Elisabeth Gilbert is, once again, showing to the world how great a writer she is ! ❤️

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Excellent!

I've really enjoyed this novel due to the charming characters, time and writing way. To be read!

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Sensible, émouvant, captivant

Magnifique roman. Les personnages sont vrais, attachants, l’histoire de Vivian Morris est bien construite, drôle, rude et triste. On y parle de résilience, de sororité, de tolérance et de de la vie dont les coups n’épargnent personne mais qui continue et peut redevenir belle. Elisabeth Gilbert a, à nouveau, écrit un livre qui fait du bien.

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Beautifully written and interpreted !

I loved the story but what I truly enjoyed was Blair Brown’s interpretation, she has an amazing voice and you can imagine her reading this book, wearing one of Vivianne’s creation, gin fizz in one hand and cigarette in the other ! I have never had the pleasure to hear such a riveting performance in an audio book. Peg would be proud :)

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Simply Perfect

Elizabeth Gilbert makes story writing, narration and dialogue seem effortless. Blair Brown tells it with the same natural flow. Elizabeth Gilbert doesn't tell a story TO you, but brings a story that is already in you, to life. Even if you've never been a 19 year old woman in NYC. Blair Brown's voice was simply perfection. I wish I had the skill of a writer to do this book justice.... I'll have to settle for 'it was wonderful'.

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Boring

Boring, superficial, badly written. I returned it. Boring, superficial, badly written. I returned it. I liked the reader.

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  • Amy L. Jones
  • 24/06/2019

I wanted so badly to to like it...

The performance by Blair Brown was stellar.
I wanted badly to like this story, to enjoy it and let it swallow me up like a really great audiobook can do. I have loved other Liz Gilbert books in this way - The Signature of All Things is one of my all-time favorites, for example, and of course everyone adored Eat Pray Love. However, City of Girls left something to be desired. I think, maybe, it could have been two separate stories, instead of this long and drawn out, disjointed one. In any case, I won’t stop reading your books, Liz. Anxiously awaiting whatever’s next.

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  • Chris
  • 14/07/2019

Never got interesting

I’ve liked Gilbert’s writing but the whole time I was wondering what the point of this story was. Seemed like it dragged out to tell a very mediocre story with a somewhat unlikeable lead. The narrator was fine, but overall disappointing.

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  • Anita Kristensen
  • 08/06/2019

A strong story

I don't give my devotion easily; in fact, I'm probably quite a picky reader. So it thrills me to no end to once again bestow the highest mark to Liz Gilbert for one of her books: City of Girls. I loved it! It made me cringe, and it made me cry, it made me laugh, and it made me want to move to New York City in the 1940s :) I'm so glad I got to go on this journey Liz, just like I loved the journey of The Signature of All Things.
And as Liz would say:
Onwards <3

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  • Beth Anderson
  • 14/06/2019

Binge Worthy

I’m newer to Audible and this was my first binge book. Gilbert writes the book as a first person narrative so it was wonderful to “hear” the protagonist rather than just read her words. I personally loved all the phases of the book for different reasons. Some parts were juicy, some harrowing, and some just beautiful. There are many one liners I rewound to hear and chuckle a few times. I listened to chapter 31 two times since finishing the book because I found the words and message to be profound.

It is a great summer read that gave me many new and multi dimensional characters to think about. Well done and satisfying!

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  • Max and Kimmy
  • 01/07/2019

Glitzy, Glamorous and Shallow

This book was fine. I got through in a few days, mostly because it was an easy listen with not much going on. You can tune out a bit listening to it and not really miss anything. I was a bit disappointed that we spent nearly half the book going through excruciating detail about the single year of 1941, with was frivolous and shallow for the most part, and then spend a fraction of the time going through the war years, and then get right back to the shallow frivolousness of post war Vivian and New York City. I feel like those years would have had a greater impact on Vivian. Every time something hard happens to her, it barely takes up any of the narrative and before we are right back to the happy, shallow life that she leads. It felt as though she's not learning or being affected at all by these hard times. For example, the way in which she lost her virginity didn't seem to have an impact on her (which for 100% of the women I know, no matter how it went, it had SOME sort of impact.) The book doesn't portray real life in the least, and makes Vivian come off as being empty and superficial. And the way the narrative refers to Angela, in her writing comes off as patronizing and it began hitting a nerve every time she did it (which was often!)

I also think the book could have been about 3/4 of the length, cutting way down on the 1941 bit and maybe expanding more on the character's development. Just my two cents!

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  • Gilma M. Salazar
  • 07/06/2019

Reader is amazing!

Gilbert did it again, start very light and funny and move to deeper levels of pure human behaviors, yes a lot sex!. Love it, Vivian is a carácter that you will love and know to the bone.

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  • Ana Del Valle Brown
  • 13/06/2019

Two books

First half is awesome. I felt like I was living vicariously through the main character in this 1940s experience.
Second half felt like a whole separate novel. Sullen.
The audible performance was excellent.

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  • Megan
  • 20/07/2019

Beautifully written, drawn out and tedious story

I loved this book at first. The descriptions of New York are beautiful. However, The plot doesn’t seem to go very many places. It wanders around and there are some events here and there, but it’s really just a biography of this woman’s life. There is no huge mystery, there is no huge climax or turning point in the story… I ended up listening to it two times speed just to get through the rest.

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  • Shannon Childers
  • 30/06/2019

There wasn’t a clear storyline...

I was intrigued by the characters and the character development but I just couldn’t find a real point to the story. It also felt segmented into two parts. They almost felt like unrelated stories. I couldn’t finish it.

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  • Live
  • 04/07/2019

Not up to expectations

This book does not live up to expectation and seems overrated. First part was ok, maybe even good. The second part was disappointing. I almost didn’t finish the book. The main character is difficult to like and the descriptions are superficial. The story lacks depth and the plot is not that interesting. I would not recommend spending time listening to this book. Find something else.

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  • Heike Knorz
  • 17/09/2019

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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  • Rose P.
  • 17/10/2019

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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  • Janet ann allport
  • 07/10/2019

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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  • Madeleine
  • 29/07/2019

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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  • Anonymer Hörer
  • 24/06/2020

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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  • Anonymer Hörer
  • 22/06/2020

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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  • Buchwurm
  • 08/06/2020

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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  • ivan
  • 29/05/2020

OK book

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

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  • Juli
  • 15/04/2020

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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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 11/04/2020

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.