Memorable characters weave their way through the history of France. The fictional lives make historical events come alive and inspire me to look again at these events. I especially enjoyed the thread that connected these characters through out the story and how time was not linear in the telling so their connection bloomed like spring flowers. I will be reading it again
I've read some of the authors other books, so I was pretty sure what I was in for. It fulfilled my expectations.
My problem is that the narrator used such a heavy French accent on the proper names that I have no idea what she was saying. Other than that frequent annoyance, she was fine.
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.
A wonderful overview of the history of Paris! It is a challenge to keep track of the characters and the sequence of timing as the book jumps back and forth. It can be done and you are rewarded with a good understanding of Paris. I enjoyed this book and it made my Paris visit more meaningful. The narrator is a delight.