This was my first novel by this author, and now I can't wait to read the rest! I love history,and I could picture every era of the history of New York as I listened. I enjoyed the format told through the experiences of several families. The narrator was excellent as well.
This book is one of the best I've ever encountered. Great Historical Fiction.
Too many to count.
The voices of each character are so well done both male and female.
Don't want to give away too much
I liked how almost all the characters of the wealthy family were kind, generous people instead of being greedy and cruel.
New York is how historical fiction should be, but often falls short. The Dublin Saga was just "alright" for me, but then came New York! Rutherfurd's literary formula has woven a tale that transported me through generations that were full of rich visual tapestry.
I felt a connection to these characters much like Scrooge's bird's eye view of his own past.
Edward Rutherfurd has succeeded in bringing the impact of New York's historical evolution (events both known and little known) on his characters to the forefront of any readers consciousness. The "Big Apple", in all it's splendor has taken on a new appreciation due to the research and detail that Rutherfurd provided me in this read, from the early Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam and its native American tribes through the city's importance as it relates to the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the Industrial Revolution, right up to 9/11.
I read a fair amount of history and New York even offered me some previously unknown details about events and historical figures (Lord Cornbury, the Astors, Boss Tweed, etc.). I loved how Rutherfurds fictional characters are inner-woven with actual historical figures in a way that makes his story appear like completely non-fictional history. New York makes me want to build a wompum belt of my own.
Listening to the book is a daunting endeavor, as it is over 36 hours long, but Mark Bramhall made the listen enjoyable as well.
The personal connection to the characters of history that I felt reading New York
This is a great book, taking the reader from 17th Century New York (Manhattan) through the early (very early) 21st Century in a narrative that engages the reader. The details are historically accurate and offer the lessor known fine points of historical New York. This is an enjoyable, leisurely read.
Hummm.....The first book that comes to mind is Diana Gabaldon's Highlander series.
This is the first Mark Bramhall performance, which was enjoyable. His pronunciation and timing make listening enjoyable.
The New World
The story is wonderful-a fantastic historical novel.The reader is THE BEST. He nails it on every count.
factual, humorous, interesting with a few real surprises, too
This is the first of many-I love him
Living the history of New York
Compelling, edifying, and entertaining.
This is an intergenerational saga that does not disappoint. There is rich character development as well as generous historical information about New York.
I had intended to read this book in print, but never seemed to be able to devote enough time to it. I bought the unabridged version and listened to it in a week. THe stories are connected enought to weave through the book without having to remember every character. I liked that several events were presented from a new perspective rather than the traditional history particularly the Civil War. THis is one of the best books of its type that I have read.
I know I'm going against the grain of other audible reviewers, but I am finding this book maddening uninteresting (maddening because of it's high cost). I've tried many times to try to stay with it, but it's so pointlessly detailed in places and disjointed in other places, that I'm very sorry I ever wasted 2 credits on this. At first, it was OK and I do like long books, but when I have to work hard to try to stay interested, I know it's time to give it up.
If you love fiction that also teaches you something (or refreshes your memory on what you learned in high school) this is a great book.
Rutherfurd has written a remarkable ode to NYC. It's engaging, enjoyable and in places even educational.
Stunning in its breadth and detail, this book conveys the history of one of the world's most important cities in an intensely personal manner. It will be impossible to visit New York now without sensing the influence of the Indians, the Dutch, the British through their occupation during the Revolution, and all the immigrant cultures that followed.
Rutherford weaves a story based substantially on commerce and banking in a human manner that brings to life all the issues and challenges that New York faced, as it grew into the metropolis of today, through the stories of individual families. Much to his credit, he maintains a solid character development of entire families through many generations, from the 1600's to 2009. Bramhall's narration is outstanding, conveying young girls, ancient grandmothers, and a multitude of ethnic accents with great skill and authenticity.
I marvel most at the construction of the story. It takes great skill to tackle such a large history and convey it with enough human interest to keep a reader spell-bound for 36 hours. I could have listened for many more. All in all, a great book and fine performance that I highly recommend listening to.