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The city a novel

by Koontz, Dean R. 1945-

Format: Book on MP3 Disc 2014
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Audio Books PL KOONTZ Dean
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Audio Books
Call Number  PL KOONTZ Dean
There are millions of stories in the city--some magical, some tragic, others terror-filled or triumphant. Jonah Kirk's story is all of those things as he draws readers into his life in the city as a young boy, introducing his indomitable grandfather, also a "piano man;" his single mother, a struggling singer; and the heroes, villains, and everyday saints and sinners who make up the fabric of the metropolis in which they live--and who will change the course of Jonah's life forever. Welcome to The City, a place of evergreen dreams where enchantment and malice entwine, where courage and honor are found in the most unexpected corners and the way forward lies buried deep inside the heart.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Self-described piano man Jonah Kirk, 57, recalls his most momentous years, 1965-67, in Koontz's somehow sunny new novel. That time began with his father's second desertion and the discovery of a plays-like-new Steinway at the community center, just in time for Jonah, gifted with an eidetic memory for melody, to learn music in earnest. It ended with nearly being killed twice by a cell of psychopaths masquerading as revolutionaries that includes his delinquent father as by far the least dangerous member. All along, a lovely woman who calls him Ducks and accepts his name for her, Pearl, comes to him, just a few times in all, to encourage him and alert him to forthcoming boons, like the Steinway, and perils. Meanwhile, he makes the best friends of his life, including the man who spearheads the fight against the cell, the boy who will become his lifelong musical colleague, and the first girl he ever adores. Bad as well as good things happen, and the thriller plot becomes secondary to warm character development as the book's prime attraction. High-Demand Backstory: The publicity push behind Koontz's new novel will be matched in public-relations success by the name recognition he so widely enjoys.--Olson, Ray Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The middle-aged African-American protagonist of this novel, Jonah Kirk, describes his account of his youth in the city as an oral history, and Jackson reads it that way-with the conversational, easy-going attitude of a guy talking to friends, unaware that he's being recorded. It's a beguiling performance, charming enough to add some needed sparkle to Koontz's not always on-key tale of a musical family trying to make ends meet in the late 1950s. Instead of developing a unique voice for each family member, Jackson follows the example of most dinner-table raconteurs: he concentrates more on attitudes. Young Jonah, a piano phenom, is naive and generally happy. His mother, Sylvia, is upbeat around the boy, but there's an underlying air of weariness she can't hide. His grandfather, the respected pianist Teddy Bledsoe, is confident and a little self-satisfied. The book's villains, gang member Fiona Cassidy and her partner Lucas Drackman, are both perennially angry. The only character for whom Jackson seems to have developed a special voice, jivey and insouciant, is the mysterious Pearl, an attractive young woman who claims to be the living incarnation of the New York. She also seems to possess magical powers. This being a Koontz novel, would anyone expect less? A Bantam hardcover. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Musicians -- Fiction.
City and town life -- Fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Suspense fiction.
Love stories.
Publisher [Solon, Ohio] : Prince Frederick, MD :Findaway World, LLC ;2014
[Distributed exclusively by] Recorded Books, LLC,
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Jackson, Korey, narrator.
Recorded Books, LLC.
Playaway Digital Audio.
Findaway World, LLC.
Participants/Performers Narrated by Korey Jackson.
Language English
Notes Title from container.
Release date supplied by publisher.
Previously released by Recorded Books, LLC, p2014.
Issued on Playaway, a dedicated media audio player.
One set of earphones and one AAA battery required for playback.
Description 1 audio media player (13 hr.) : digital, HD audio ; 3 3/8 x 2 1/8 in.
ISBN 9781490629636
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