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
"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)
The overall story was good. However, if I wanted to put myself to sleep, I would listen to this book-- something about the narration.
If you like the Rutherford formula of following multiple families from one geographic area over a few hundred years, then this will satisfy you. He doesn't let his characters get in the way of the interesting history, which makes for a straightforward, but soulless, narrative.
I really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't get past the horribly stereotyped characters: evil stepmother, loyal black slave. Yuck.
No. I enjoy historical fiction but I must say this is the 2nd book by Rutherfurd I've tried and couldn't finish. I can't undertand his appeal. I will skip his other books and look for another history or historical fiction about New York.
The narrator was great. Too bad he had such poor material to work with.
I enjoyed this novel much more than other Rutherfurd novels. Sometimes with longer audio books I tend to zone out and forget what's going on, but this one held my attention all the way through.
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.
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.
The father and son who stood on different sides of the American fight for independence were the two most enjoyable to me.
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.
Sweeping historical epic set in the greatest city in the world. I did not want it to end.
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.
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!
Read at just the right pace, brought that characters to life, easy to listen to.
A great read/listen. Very gripping and exciting.
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.
the fate of the wampum belt
Hadn't heard Bramhall before....he did a great job...lots of different voices.
Dirk Van Dyke, as he felt so torn between his two lives.
It was a pleasure to listen to this audiobook....highly recommended.
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.
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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