• City of Dreams

  • A Novel of Nieuw Amsterdam and Early Manhattan
  • By: Beverly Swerling
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-11-04
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books
  • 2 out of 5 stars 2.0 (1 rating)


Rich with unforgettable characters and history, intricately plotted and utterly absorbing, City of Dreams is a stirring saga of early Manhattan and the beginnings of medical science told by a master storyteller. In 1661, Lucas Turner and his sister, Sally, stagger off a small wooden ship after 11 weeks at sea to make a fresh start in the rough and rowdy Dutch settlement of Nieuw Amsterdam. Lucas, a barber surgeon, and Sally, an apothecary, are both gifted healers and bound to each other by blood and necessity. Yet as their new lives unfold, lust, betrayal, and murder will make them deadly enemies.
In their struggle to survive in the New World, both make choices that will burden their descendants, dedicated physicians and surgeons, pirates and whoremasters, with a legacy of secrets and retribution. That heritage sets cousin against cousin, physician against surgeon, and ultimately, patriot against Tory.
©2001 MichaelA, Ltd. (P)2001 Audio Literature
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Critic reviews

"Engrossing, generously imagined tale." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Gabrielle de Cuir['s]...breathless telling hits exactly the right note. Chock-full of convincing detail, this historical soap opera informs as it entertains." ( AudioFile)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Diane on 10-11-05

great book, but abridged ...

I loved the book. However, this abridged version is much too short. The books spans a couple hundred years, and there are dozens of characters. I could follow the story just fine, but I can imagine that someone who did not read the book would come away with his head spinning. It's really a shame, too. Almost all the characters in the book are fleshed out nicely. In this audio book, barely is a character introduced, and he's gone. Hopefully, an unabridged version will be recorded.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Vincent Sandman on 22-07-07

More than a City

This story made my trip to New York absolutely vivid. When I took the boat tour on the river one late afternoon, my mind's eye could see the colony, the people and the early Indians. I was truly able to understand how the characters felt when they saw the shore, the small fort, and the natives.
As I walked through NYC, I realized the history of this wonderful city and how meaningful it was.

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