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McCann has written a "Great American Novel" with a broad sweep of events and characters that are written with depth and invention. It's a big and complex book, written in multiple voices, as an audiobook it requires some investment and concentration to follow but, as with all great books, you'll be rewarded by the strength of the storytelling. The ensemble cast that produce the audiobook are excellent, the characters are clearly defined by the actors (I think a previous reviewer on here failed to get past the first actor.. an unfortunate loss for him/her) and, to my ear capture the variety of accents one hears in New York.
I loved the audiobook and will go back to listen again before long, but be warned it's not for the casual listener.
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Would you listen to Let the Great World Spin again? Why?
This a great book, the one you will always keep in book shelves forever! You will be profoundly moved, and when reaches the end you might want to read it again because it is such delight.
McCann, fictionalizes a real historical event—the famous tightrope-walking stunt of a French aerialist who precariously balances himself as he walks between the two Twin Towers—and uses that event as the narrative ground around which he creates a host of characters you will soon become attach to.
The tightrope event moves in and out of most the characters’ lives that have often no connection with the person performing the tightrope. But this event is the one which links most of the characters in the book.
The follows the lives of a group people before and after the Philippe Petit performed his spectacle on a tightrope between the World Trade Center on August 7, 1974. Although, McCann does not feature Philippe Petit as the central characters, the lives of all of the main characters intertwine with his walking between the twin’s towers. The book looks at people from all walks of life in NYC in the 1970s--from Bronx hookers to a Park Avenue matron. As the lives of each of these people come together you wonder who will survive this vicious city, where people and souls seem to be eaten alive.
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Great choice to present the text as a collection of voices. Recommended for its subject and performance. Whispersync also a bonus when deadlines approach.