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 Lots and lots of historical reference blended in a very clever human interest way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.
More focused story line
Nothing by this author
None that comes to mind
Rambling soap opera that reads like a television mini series.
I like the French pronunciations, but see comment below.
The reader reads every sentence as if a dramatic scene about to climax. Gets old.
Someone who may want to read a little history tossed in with a distracting and poorly written second rate novel.
The narrator was OK.
Too much to describe here.
This book was poorly written. I wouldn't recommend it period! I wanted to learn more history of Paris and there was much included here, but the attempt to turn it into a novel involving inept love stories just didn't cut it. I quit half way through. The side stories were so out of touch with the historical part it was just not good!
I cannot understand why anyone would think this is good historical fiction. The plot is predictable. The writing cliched and repetitive and the entire book lacking in any real insight or substance.
No but to this author.
No. But I think he is a good reader.
How about all those silly scenes about not knowing if "he" or "she" loves me. How about the scene where someone purports to know Hemingway is a great writer by how he holds himself or looks. How about pretending to know a person's character by five minutes of observation. etc etc etc.
There are so many wonderful books of historical fiction that are real, insightful, full of intelligent perspective on life, morals, history, psychology. Sadly, I find this one to be little more than a cartoon.
Paris goes back and forth in time, instead of the straight timeline of Rutherford's other books. Still, it is a beautiful story. Jean Gilpin read beautifully and performed the voices and accents flawlessly.
As always I was entranced. Before Paris, I had read most of Rutherford's books, listening was a new experience. An experience I enjoyed so much, I bought another Audible Rutherford book.
No. Too much predictable romance and not enough coherent story. In this one, Rutherford "tells" too much of political and social goings on through a pedantic adults to children in museum visits or verbal arguments between political opposites. Historical fiction should transport you to a time, not tell you about it. That's what textbooks are for.
I would have appreciated the whole thing more if it had been more linear. It jumped back and forth between generations and was thus, confusing. Not familiar with french names, I found it difficult to follow. Therefore, I didn't have a character to love through most of it. I did connect with Tomas and was sad to see Luc become such a sociopath.
I will always enjoy historical fiction. This doesn't even put me off Rutherford...he's written too many other good ones.It just didn't measure up to his usual standard.
Most of the performance was good, but the elderly voices were much too shrill. Characters that the author 'doesn't like' were also too much of a caricature. The reader does however, have quite a range.
Any historical piece lends itself to film, but most of the French actors I know are too old to play most of the parts.
Not up to Rutherford's usual standard.