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New York Audiobook

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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    valerie 07-30-15
    valerie 07-30-15 Member Since 2011

    I listen to books all the time, When I am driving, cleaning, cooking or doing anything quiet. I am AUDOBSESSED!

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    "Most entertaining history ever"

    I know that due to the length of this story I could never have read it all. But this story was rich in history and was woven beautifully from generation to generation. I highly recommend this story. But it really takes patience to get to the end

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    pugmom 07-21-15
    pugmom 07-21-15
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    "a financial history of the world economy"
    If you could sum up New York in three words, what would they be?

    education in economy without the boredom.


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

    JP Morgan using his own money to forstall the first stock market crash


    What about Mark Bramhall’s performance did you like?

    smooth and not grating


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It shocked me into reviewing all my financial plans!


    Any additional comments?

    I read (listened) to this a long time ago sent my son a hard copy. I got more world history and finance education out of this book than in either high school or college courses. What led me to write this today was the crashing of the Chinese Stock market over the past few weeks. When the "experts" described what went wrong it was exactly like the 1929 market crash that was brought about by the same non regulated greed of selling "sure things" to the average working person. We are headed back there again better be prepared. The totally free market concept is based on the perception that all the players are honest ; of-course in reality they are not. "It's all about business and profitability" If you bought a hedge fund that crashed or an investment that turned out to to be junk bonds you are responsible no matter who advised you. You were just stupid and should have known better.

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    Catherine CHEYENNE, WY, United States 06-12-15
    Catherine CHEYENNE, WY, United States 06-12-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Very enjoyable"

    Fascinating presentation. Like being there. The author did a great job of helping you follow the generations of family members.

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    Kelley Clevenger 06-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful"

    Great book. I've read it a few times. Just delightful storytelling intertwined through rich history.

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    Cheryl 04-17-15
    Cheryl 04-17-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent Narration and Fresh Perspective"

    Bramhall is the best narrator in audio books. Period.

    The story of New York written by Rutherford is so detailed and personal. And the perspective and stories feel new. So many aspects of New York have been told over and over - eg mafia, the depression, the details of 9/11. This book certainly pays proper respect to all of these important milestones in our past, but doesn't try to tell them again. Instead, we learn less known details of different periods of New York history and can appreciate the stories having already been informed of the more popularly written about events.

    This is a nice, long read. And you can treat each time period as its own story, with appearances by the descendants of those characters you have already met.

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    Lena Larkin 04-11-15
    Lena Larkin 04-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Nice collection of facts to discuss over coctails"
    What did you like best about New York? What did you like least?

    The overall idea of the book is nice - it follows several generations of families over centuries, giving a personal perspective of historic events. Yet, many of the characters are not described in depth, so that their stories become uninteresting. It also feels that the authors' choice of historical events to focus on (especially in the later periods) are driven by the tastes of potential readers, rather than by the actual significance of those events.


    What does Mark Bramhall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration was very good


    Was New York worth the listening time?

    no sure


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    Mandy's Mama Washington State 03-25-15
    Mandy's Mama Washington State 03-25-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Great Story"

    The narration was terrific. The story was fun. Picked up a little incidental history. Rutherford continues to deliver. Pretty good for a Brit!

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    becklane42 03-09-15
    becklane42 03-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Absolutely spectacular"
    Where does New York rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is, by far, one of my most favorite books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I bought the book hoping to learn about New York City but the storyline & characters made the history relatable. The ending was so beautiful I want to listen again.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    .....the ending.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love New York, want to learn more about the great city & it's sometimes little known history - this is the book.

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    Sonya 02-07-15
    Sonya 02-07-15
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    "Another excellent novel"

    I have always loved Rutherford's novels, and this one is just as excellent as always. I learned so much about New York and was surprised about its roots as a society. New York has a genuine culture all its own. This book even inspired me to find something of my own to leave behind for future generations. Thank you Mr. Rutherford for the inspiration.

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    Jean 01-09-15
    Jean 01-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "So good!"

    The narrator of this masterpiece was fabulous in every way. What talent! I thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Rutherfurd's successful attempt at bringing NYC's history to life with vivid characters and great fluidity.

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