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.
Once again Rutherford delivers. Captivating story that brings Paris alive for all readers. Different style this time as he bounces through history back and forth but pulls it all together seamlessly to create an enchanting and informative understanding of Paris. Up there with his other books!
There are too many characters and plot lines recommend this as an audio book. I'm positive I would have enjoyed it much more if I had read it in book format.
Audio version is always better than the printed version. It allows you to do other things while "reading" the book.
The story is very slow at some points, and then can get quite confusing as to how the characters connect. While I am a fan of the author, Edward Rutherfurd, this is not his best work. Having said that, it is a good read and the story was enjoyable.
Jean Gilpin does a wonderful job with all of the characters. She is a great reader and brings life to the story.
France's unsung heros
Check out Rutherfurd's other books first. This one is good, but not on the top of my list of favorites for his work.