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City of Girls: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Elizabeth Gilbert

Narrated By: Blair Brown

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: June 2019

Duration: 15 hours 9 minutes



From the # 1 New York Times bestselling 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, nineteen-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 eighty-nine 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.


  • Kelly V.

    This book is FABULOUS!! The narrator is pure perfection and the quick wit will have you laughing out loud. A must listen!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Loved this book! The story was so engaging and about a women that were ahead of there time, free thinkers, independent but still love men.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Rather boring plot. Irritating voice of the narrator made it even more so. The author must be narcissistic to believe the reader would enjoy her descriptive sexual exploits., and care about her boring indecisive life. I would not recommend.

  • Amy F.

    Good story initially. However, seemed contrived in ending.

  • Barbara H.

    Hated this book.

  • Hawa Zoe D.

    My first audio read & I absolutely loved it! So many life lessons over powered by love, disappointment and humor.. The narrator's voice kept me coming back for more. On to my next audio read. ✔

  • Anonymous

    For the most part I loved it. However, I did not buy into the narrator's indiscriminate appetite for sex.

  • Carol S.

    I really enjoyed this book. It would have been helpful, with so many characters, to have an additional narrator. The NY life in the 40’s was fabulously written about. The 4 stars is due to the repetition, as others have mentioned

  • Kathy K.

    I think I will forever remember as well as miss Vivian Morris...

  • Esthet J.

    I really enjoyed this story but it was a little longer than it needed to be. It could have been told in a shorter version, but I enjoyed it anyway.

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