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New York: The Novel | [Edward Rutherfurd]

New York: The Novel

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.
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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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    Scott Philadelphia, PA, United States 06-28-12
    Scott Philadelphia, PA, United States 06-28-12 Member Since 2009

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    Where does New York rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of all time favorite Audible books. The story is fantastic, as entertaining for a history buff as it would be a person just looking for a good story. The narration is masterful, 36 hours and I never became bored, zoned out, or got the characters confused. That is in large part due to the excellent narration.

    If you are a New Yorker, or love NY, this is a book you must read. If you are not a lover of New York, this book may turn you into one, it will in the very least give you an understanding of the history of place.

    You root for the characters and through their triumphs, trials and tribulations you begin to understand what it means to be an American and a New Yorker. On a scale of 1 to 10 this book is a 10 for me.


    What other book might you compare New York to and why?

    I am a big fan of this genre and if you like this book you will also enjoy The Winds of War and War and Remembrance from Herman Wouk. The idea that you share the journey through accurate historic events vicariously through compelling fictitious figures is entertaining to me.


    Which character – as performed by Mark Bramhall – was your favorite?

    The father and son who stood on different sides of the American fight for independence were the two most enjoyable to me.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and no. It's long and it gives you a lot to think about. It was enjoyable enough that I didn't want to turn it off.


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    04-22-12
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    "It's a hell of a town!"
    If you could sum up New York in three words, what would they be?

    Sweeping historical epic set in the greatest city in the world. I did not want it to end.


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    Hazel 04-06-12
    Hazel 04-06-12
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    Would you listen to New York again? Why?

    Absolutely. You're swept along with the incredible, fascinating, moving story of a few inter-connected families over several centuries and join them in experiencing the key historical events. You get to love the characters and want the best for them - very gripping, like Edward Rutherfurd's other novels.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of New York?

    When one of the female characters is wise enough to avert complete disaster in the Wall Street crash. I let out almost as big a sigh of relief as her husband would've done!


    What about Mark Bramhall’s performance did you like?

    Read at just the right pace, brought that characters to life, easy to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    A great read/listen. Very gripping and exciting.

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    Joseph ROUND ROCK, TX, United States 03-17-12
    Joseph ROUND ROCK, TX, United States 03-17-12
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    Would you consider the audio edition of New York to be better than the print version?

    It's better in the sense that I'd probably never get around to reading an 860 page book, but it's nice to have the book also to see the cool maps of New York.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of New York?

    the fate of the wampum belt


    Have you listened to any of Mark Bramhall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Hadn't heard Bramhall before....he did a great job...lots of different voices.


    Who was the most memorable character of New York and why?

    Dirk Van Dyke, as he felt so torn between his two lives.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a pleasure to listen to this audiobook....highly recommended.

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    C Welcher Los Gatos, CA United States 11-25-11
    C Welcher Los Gatos, CA United States 11-25-11 Member Since 2009
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    This book made me look forward to my hour long commute to and from work! It was very entertaining; I loved the individual characters and the family tree chronologies that became characters in themselves. However, this book did take me several hours to really get into it - and I'm very glad I stayed with it because the book is now one of my favorites.

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    Marilyn Armstrong 06-08-11 Member Since 2002
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    "As good as it gets!"

    If you are a lover of historical fiction, it really doesn't get any better than this. Rutherfurd is detailed, consistent, accurate and gripping. All of his other books, or at least all those I know about and have read, take place in the British Isles -- England or Ireland. It is interesting to catch the different perspective that a British historian has of American history. I am a history buff, but I learned a lot of new stuff. I was actually surprised and delighted at how much new material Rutherford's book presented. A wonderful book for anyone that likes this kind of historical writing.

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    05-26-11
    05-26-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Very interesting, but!!"

    The book is very interesting I must admit, but how can such a historical novel (even though it's fiction) state that Grant won at Gettysburg???? I'm by no means a scholor of American history, but I do know that Meade won at Gettysburg. That aside, it's a great book. I know that sounded a little petty, but it bugged the Hell out of me when I heard it. I had to rewind to make sure I heard it correctly. Simple facts gotten wrong in such a good book shouldn't happen. It's still a great book. I'm 3/4 the way through and really love it. The timeline hops through decades without you realizing, so you need to pay attention or you can easily get lost. I still give it 5 stars!!

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    Susan ATLANTA, GA, United States 05-03-11
    Susan ATLANTA, GA, United States 05-03-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Fantastic!"

    It is amazing that someone could cram so much history of NYC into one book and do it so expertly. I couldn't stop listening. It is well read as well as well written, which is pretty important given its length. The characters are wonderful. The story weaves its way through the lives of the main family and the ones surrounding them brilliantly. I learned more NY history reading this book than I ever learned in school, and I grew up in NY State. Thumbs up for this one from an avid audio book reader.

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    Sandy Austin, TX, United States 01-11-11
    Sandy Austin, TX, United States 01-11-11
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    "Horrible! Save your Money!"

    I suffered through the entire thing hoping that it would get better. Extremely boring characters that do not evoke any emotion at all. The history was interesting, but took a back seat to the dull characters. If you want the history of New York you are better off reading a history book. I can't fathom why this book is rated so highly. Would have given it zero stars had that been an option.

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    Gordon Colorado Springs, CO, United States 10-18-10
    Gordon Colorado Springs, CO, United States 10-18-10
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    ""Imagination - Freedom""

    I've read and enjoyed every book Rutherfurd has written, this is one of the best! What an outstanding source for a movie.

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