I suffered through the entire thing hoping that it would get better. Extremely boring characters that do not evoke any emotion at all. The history was interesting, but took a back seat to the dull characters. If you want the history of New York you are better off reading a history book. I can't fathom why this book is rated so highly. Would have given it zero stars had that been an option.
I've read and enjoyed every book Rutherfurd has written, this is one of the best! What an outstanding source for a movie.
This is a huge book to tackle and I was a bit doubtful about whether I'd really enjoy it. But, I did enjoy it and immensely so. It created a fascinating look at not only the history of New York, but of America as well. It would have been a five-star book had the ending not trailed off into a seemingly endless, inane, boring waste of time. I actually stopped before it ended, struck by how the ending seemed like something from another book or writer. As long as the reader is prepared for the tedious ending, the book is well-worth the time.
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.