mother of six
I learned so much history from this novel.
The characters were interesting and engaging.
Jean Gilpin's performance was extraordinary. I am now searching for other books she narrated. I honestly cant' imagine why anyone would give her less than five stars. Every character came to life through her voice.
Ha! At 39 hours? I guess if I had no other responsibilities.
The best thing you can make is joy.
The only - main - problem with this book was that as the book jumps from period to period (not necessarily a problem) the narrator DOES NOT read the chapter titles.
So in the first three chapters we go from late 1800's to early 1800's to the 1200's - with no audible change in the presentation of the book.
I feel that MANY of the problems other reviewers have had would have been taken care of by simply READING the chapter titles.
I had to look the book up on Amazon, copy the chapter titles and keep that on my iphone so I could easily look at what period I was supposed to be in.
I also do NOT understand why the audio book doesn't use the same chapter titles as the printed book does. So unnecessarily complex, so easy to fix.
I would appreciate a response from Audible on this. Once again, I feel I've wasted a credit on a book I had to 'research' in it's print form to enjoy.
loved his other "place" books, but this one jumped about so much, it was difficult to follow at times.
I lived in Paris for two years in my 20's. This book brought back memories of the many places mentioned. At the same time I learned the history of these same places from as far back as the 1300's. Rutherfurd wonderfully brings together the many different families as we move through the centuries. My only complaint was the narrator's voice that seemed a little monotone but I guess if I am going to listen for 38 hours I would rather have that monotone rather than an overly dramatic version. All in all, a very good book.
Anyone who has visited " The City of Lights" and loves her like I do must read this delightfully novel. It's takes you in a journey of romance, wars, and well fought victories.
I'm a self-employed woman who enjoys historical fiction, mysteries and thrillers, political and law fiction, and self-development. I enjoy an intellectual challenge. I'm married for 25 years and have a daughter in college.
Love Rutherford's method of taking his readers back in time. Much earlier history than most historical fiction, fascinating facts I'd never heard before about history I thought I'd known.
up in the best 10
the story of the Tour Eiffel laborers
the world war 2 scene when the grandparents realize they have lost a son
history of the crossroads of Europe
I don't know not having seen the book. I will say having listened to Sarum first prepared me for the layout of this read. I found it much easier to follow than my first experience with Sarum. I should go back to Sarum and see if it's easier to follow now that I get the format. While this book doesn't go back as far as Sarum in terms of centuries, it was a bit more appealing in the fictional aspect rather than historical aspect, both tying in quite nicely.
Other Rutherford books.
No, not an extreme reaction.
It's a good, long read if you are into those things. Great if you have a long drive/trip or a project like painting your house. It all ties up nicely at the end. Lots and lots of historical reference blended in a very clever human interest way
I listen to approximately 40 hours of audio books a month. I love audio books.
I've very much enjoyed most of E. Rutherfurd other books so was deeply disappointed to find myself listening to this one on 1.5x just to get through. I think it was a combination of skipping past the early Roman times and traveling back and forth through time that kept me off balance and disinterested in the cast of characters. But I have friends who've very much enjoyed this book so maybe it's just me.
This is the only way to get through all the books I want to enjoy...and still I'm behind!
I think I would read the tangible book so I can get the names again of places in Paris and I'd like to have a map of the time to go along with it. I got a bit lost not knowing Paris so well and the once suburbs/villages that are now incorporated into the city. Who knew there were so many parks and it seems like every large building is a Palais.Like other listeners, I too had trouble with the back and forth of time periods..it's clever but difficult when listening (and driving) to understand where and how it all connects. Once or twice might be interesting, but not more than that.
Actually, there wasn't a favorite, each had their own path and followed it but it was great that towards the end of their lives or at a significant moment, they realised a slightly different path and took it, usually for the good. Only one character-Thomas Gascon travels his path which seems the straightest, simplest course, pure truth. I don't mean saintly, just one of those characters in books and life who has a clear understanding of who they really are.
All characters were performed well, no one more than the other.
I thought the time of the Resistance Movement was particularly well done as was the Jacobin/Communard explanations. To me they are not well done in history classes and this book gave a much more thorough understanding of the groups, their philosopy and destiny.
Having read and listened to many of Edward Rutherfurd's books and enjoying them all, I found this one a bit more difficult to keep up with, although when I had the chance to stay with it, I found it great. I did go and look up places mentioned in the book to understand and "study" them more. Historical fiction-if good- is the way I understand history best.