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.
I felt like I was in Paris and didn't want the book to end. Having visited this great city, I was able to visualize many of the places. It was historical fiction at its best! The only thing I would have liked better is if the book proceeded completely chronologically..
Jean Gilpin is the best narrator EVER!
honestly I'm not sure how much they paid her to read this very very long but beautiful book, but she deserves more her narration alone makes the book worth listening to. her resources are boundless! she switches between accents with ease and narrates the story like a master storyteller. give her more work we would all be so lucky for it!
oh and by the way the book is great too!
Buy this book now! The sooner you start, the sooner you'll be listening to a fascinating, vibrant tale of four families set over 600 years in Paris. Rutherford, as always, has done his historical homework, weaving in back stories of famous figures, uprisings, wars and eras to such an extant you'll never look at France in the same way again. I'm a harsh critic of most books and narrators. This is at the top of my picks on Audible. Do yourself a favor and get it now.
A captivating story of the city and people of Paris through the centuries. I especially loved Rutherfurd's Belle Epoque depiction. I couldn't stop listening to find out how the next generation of these four families would become intertwined. The characters were so vivid
Yes--I listened to this three times over two years, and enjoyed many little tidbits I'd missed while racing towards the narratives evolution. Try it sometime when you've really loved a story--listen again! This is worth an again, especially if you have ever been there, or hope to.