Let the Great World Spin

  • by Colum McCann
  • Narrated by uncredited
  • 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

National Book Award, Fiction, 2009
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, 2011
It is August, 1974, and a tightrope walker is suspended between the twin towers, watched by thousands in the streets below. Elegantly weaving together their seemingly disparate lives, McCann's powerful novel comes alive in the unforgettable voices of the city's people, unexpectedly drawn together by hope, beauty, and the tightrope walker's "artistic crime of the century." Featuring a stunning ensemble performance by the narrators.


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A Great American Novel.. by an Irishman!

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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- Declan


It may be an interesting book, but the reader was so bad I couldn't listen to it
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- Kate

Book Details

  • Release Date: 30-03-2010
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks