I was excited to listen to this book because the reviews were stellar. This was the first book that I could not finish. It droned on and on! I wasted two credits.
This book is excellent. It sets place in early New York at the time New York City was the capitol of the US. The author does an impressive job in his characterization of several immigrant families, and delights the reader as he takes him/her through decades of the early social economic history of our country. Many of the old, established, wealthy families are mentioned, the start of the US stock markets, banks, and how the Civil War effected the citizens of NYC, etc. were expertly and interestingly viewed. My thanks to Edward Rutherfurd, Lynn Wright
Throughout some of the most historical events was woven a saga of the human experience. Instead of listening to a story about history, I felt like I was there during it with this novel! I was sorry when it was over! I recommend it with my whole heart!!!
New York, the novel, is a masterpiece. It provides a very good overview of key historical periods and events of this great city. Prior to listening to this audiobook, I knew some of New York's history, but I have learned so much more now. Edward Rutherfurd has done a great job researching, and translating it into enjoyable stories. The book has a wide appeal, it discusses historical events, as well as architecture, art, trade, political, and society aspects of life. The characters are well developed, and I emphatized with most of them. Contrary to earlier works by Edward Rutherfurd (London, Sarum), there are no true villains in "New York", which is no judgment either positive or negative, but more a sign of Rutherfurd's style development. Narration of the novel is fine as well.
Every now and then I love a book and can't wait to drive somewhere to keep listening. This was one of those times. Fascinating.
I loved this epic fictional account of the history of Manhatten. It was a gret listen, and I learned a lot as well.
Whis it was still going on, didn't want it to end. This is the only review I have done but then it was the best book i have gotten here, well worth 2 credits
After reading the other glowing reviews I decided to listen to New York. What a disappointment! The first part of the book was pretty good but it really fell apart after that. The later characters were just not as well developed.