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New York Audiobook

New York: The Novel

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Publisher's Summary

The best-selling master of historical fiction weaves a grand, sweeping drama of New York from the city's founding to the present day.

Rutherfurd celebrates America's greatest city in a rich, engrossing saga that showcases his extraordinary ability to combine impeccable historical research and storytelling flair. As in his earlier, best-selling novels, he illuminates cultural, social, and political upheavals through the lives of a remarkably diverse set of families.

As he recounts the intertwining fates of characters rich and poor, black and white, native born and immigrant, Rutherfurd brings to life the momentous events that shaped New York and America: the Revolutionary War, the emergence of the city as a great trading and financial center, the excesses of the Gilded Age, the explosion of immigration in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the trials of World War II, the near-demise of New York in the 1970s and its roaring rebirth in the '90s, and the attacks on the World Trade Center. Sprinkled throughout are captivating cameo appearances by historical figures ranging from George Washington to Abraham Lincoln to Babe Ruth.

New York is the book that millions of Rutherfurd's American fans have been waiting for. A brilliant mix of romance, war, family drama, and personal triumphs, it gloriously captures the search for freedom and prosperity at the heart of our nation's history.

©2009 Edward Rutherford; (P)2009 Random House

What the Critics Say

"Like James Michener and Leon Uris, Rutherfurd does a magnificent job of packaging a crackling good yarn within a digestible overview of complex historical circumstances and events." (Booklist)

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    Kathleen Ward Phoenix, AZ USA 05-08-16
    Kathleen Ward Phoenix, AZ USA 05-08-16 Member Since 2013

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    "OK BUT FUN"

    What I enjoyed about rid story was the basic goodness of the main characters. The very best part was the section narrated in the first person by the black servant.

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    Dog Lover Punta Gorda, FL, US 05-02-16
    Dog Lover Punta Gorda, FL, US 05-02-16

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    "Dorset"

    I love Edward Rutherfurd'sbseries of books still two to go. New York does not disappoint. I have enjoyed the fictional characters and the way the families developed into the future. I have learned so much about the real historical characters, they came alive. I think I have a very rounded picture of our early foundation. Excellent.

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    steven West Hempstead, NY, United States 02-16-16
    steven West Hempstead, NY, United States 02-16-16 Member Since 2013
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    "This book is a time machine."

    I lived in NY for many years and still work there. To me this was an important book. I love the history of New York and this is a very accurate account. I loved it.

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    Mary NK 02-14-16
    Mary NK 02-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "NYC - nice place to visit and I'm staying in the west"

    Bramhall's narration is great. He is able to give character and personality to the many different men and women in the story.
    New York and Rutherfurd's Paris are grand in scope and I love how the generations connect to each other through out the years.
    I recommend the book to lovers of historical fiction and those who love New York itself. I'm a west coaster myself, but this tale makes me want to visit NYC and helps me to understand some of the differences between the coasts. I also was interested in reading about society and blue bloods.
    It's long but it kept me interested. I'm going to plan a trip to New York, but for tonight I'll watch Saturday Night Live.

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    Judy Washington, DC 01-11-16
    Judy Washington, DC 01-11-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Disappointing"

    I chose to this book because i love historical fiction, and can really lose myself in long narratives. But I don't understand all of the praise for this author. New York is the worst kind of historical fiction: plenty of history but absolutely no insight. The characters are historical mouthpieces, included because they personify a type or particular historical perspective (e.g., patriot, loyalist, etc.) or a relationship between multiple perspectives (e.g. a patriot who is increasingly sympathetic to the loyalists) but not because they are of interest in their own right as human characters. Compared to the work of someone like Hilary Mantel, or Geraldine Brooks, New York is like a history textbook written with dialogue. You can definitely learn about events in American history, but don't expect to learn anything new about human beings or fiction. I will not be reading anything by Rutherfurd again.

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    Kathleen Little Falls, NY, United States 12-08-15
    Kathleen Little Falls, NY, United States 12-08-15
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    "Wonderful read"

    Great read and storyline. I liked the accuracy of the history and how the characters come to life and extend through generations

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    E F 11-18-15
    E F 11-18-15 Member Since 2015

    ...I love listening!

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    "Long but rewarding listen"

    This is a long story that follows the history of a few families from the 1600s through modern day. You learn the history of the city of New York through their story. I learned a lot about the city itself. I thought it was a nice way to have some history woven in, and it was my first experience with historical fiction that I thought was really well done. I can see why this has such high reviews. That being sad, there were very slow parts to this book and it wasn't one of the books that I couldn't wait to listen to. Sometimes it felt like a chore that I just had to get through.

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    Daniel 11-14-15
    Daniel 11-14-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Totally engrossing"

    I could it stop listening to this book. A remarkable story of a family over 350 plus years. It is do well written and the narrator is now among my favorites. Looking forward to reading more by Mr. Rutherford.

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    Sherry L. Wright Flower Mound, TX United States 11-10-15
    Sherry L. Wright Flower Mound, TX United States 11-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Epic!"

    At first I thought this book would not keep my interest in such a daunting "history" of part of America and of one of our most prominent cities/states; I was happily wrong. Not only did I learn a lot while reading (listening) to this book I enjoyed every bit of history all the way up through present day. Some of it admittedly was hard to listen to but then again - just one more aspect of a good listen for me. The narrator was superb, I'll now see what else he may have out there - I've found many a good listen this way. My only small dismay was how quickly a character would be "written" off - I would grow to like a particular character and wonder where they went, what happened and in the next instant hear how they had died some years ago.... I don't consider that to be a "spoiler" given the multiple centuries this book covers.... people are gonna die. Highly recommended for those interested in history and people.

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    kristi g bustamante 10-07-15
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    "Nice book"

    This is the first book I have listened to or read by Edward Rutherfurd and I greatly enjoyed it. I often find I enjoy one time period more than others in this type of book but that didn't hold true here. The story kept my attention beginning to end.

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