Bright Lights, Big City

  • by Jay McInerney
  • Narrated by Daniel Passer
  • 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The tragicomedy of a young man in NYC, struggling with the reality of his mother's death, alienation, and the seductive pull of drugs.

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What the Critics Say

"A sidelong look at life in the Big Apple, as experienced by youth that once had hope and aspirations. In spite of the depths to which the main characters descend, the exuberance and humour of the narrative maintains its wonderful disregard for conventional behaviour with great buoyancy. An entertaining read, but it is the resignation and frustration that lingers in the mind that makes this novel so compelling." (Kirkus)
"A rambunctious, deadly funny novel that goes right for the mark - the human heart." (Raymond Carver)
"The author is one of those reare writers who catches the moods, nuances and manners of a sub-culture with humor, finesse, skill and accuracy. A born stylist and remarkable discovery!" (George Plimpton)

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Smooth read

The book's a bit dated now, but I was surprised that it held up as well as it did. I listened to it on my first trip to New York, as I walked around the upper east side. A special word of commendation for the reader – Passer has a lovely, youthful voice, with just the right mixture of irony, cynicism, and naiveté. He gets the tone of the novel exactly right, and gives it just the mixture of pathos and comedy it needs. A pleasure to listen to.
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- Nakul

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-08-2009
  • Publisher: Random House Audio