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Paris: The Novel | [Edward Rutherfurd]

Paris: The Novel

Internationally best-selling author Edward Rutherfurd has enchanted millions of readers with his sweeping, multigenerational dramas that illuminate the great achievements and travails throughout history. In this breathtaking saga of love, war, art, and intrigue, Rutherfurd has set his sights on the most magnificent city in the world: Paris. Moving back and forth in time across centuries, the story unfolds through intimate and vivid tales of self-discovery, divided loyalties, passion, and long-kept secrets of characters both fictional and real, all set against the backdrop of the glorious city.
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Publisher's Summary

From the grand master of the historical novel comes a dazzling, epic portrait of the City of Light.

Internationally best-selling author Edward Rutherfurd has enchanted millions of readers with his sweeping, multigenerational dramas that illuminate the great achievements and travails throughout history. In this breathtaking saga of love, war, art, and intrigue, Rutherfurd has set his sights on the most magnificent city in the world: Paris.

Moving back and forth in time across centuries, the story unfolds through intimate and vivid tales of self-discovery, divided loyalties, passion, and long-kept secrets of characters both fictional and real, all set against the backdrop of the glorious city - from the building of Notre Dame to the dangerous machinations of Cardinal Richlieu; from the glittering court of Versailles to the violence of the French Revolution and the Paris Commune; from the hedonism of the Belle Époque, the heyday of the impressionists, to the tragedy of the First World War; from the 1920s when the writers of the Lost Generation could be found drinking at Les Deux Magots to the Nazi occupation, the heroic efforts of the French Resistance, and the 1968 student revolt.

With his unrivaled blend of impeccable research and narrative verve, Rutherfurd weaves an extraordinary narrative tapestry that captures all the glory of Paris. More richly detailed, more thrilling, and more romantic then anything Rutherfurd has written before, Paris: The Novel wonderfully illuminates hundreds of years in the City of Light and Love and brings the sights, scents, and tastes of Paris to sumptuous life.

©2013 Edward Rutherfurd (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    modeknit St. Paul, MN 09-21-13
    modeknit St. Paul, MN 09-21-13 Member Since 2004

    The best thing you can make is joy.

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    Any additional comments?

    The only - main - problem with this book was that as the book jumps from period to period (not necessarily a problem) the narrator DOES NOT read the chapter titles.

    So in the first three chapters we go from late 1800's to early 1800's to the 1200's - with no audible change in the presentation of the book.

    I feel that MANY of the problems other reviewers have had would have been taken care of by simply READING the chapter titles.

    I had to look the book up on Amazon, copy the chapter titles and keep that on my iphone so I could easily look at what period I was supposed to be in.

    I also do NOT understand why the audio book doesn't use the same chapter titles as the printed book does. So unnecessarily complex, so easy to fix.

    I would appreciate a response from Audible on this. Once again, I feel I've wasted a credit on a book I had to 'research' in it's print form to enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    history buff louisiana 06-26-13
    history buff louisiana 06-26-13 Member Since 2008

    carol

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    "a bit difficult to follow, but enjoyable"

    loved his other "place" books, but this one jumped about so much, it was difficult to follow at times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JoAnn Westminster, CO, United States 05-07-13
    JoAnn Westminster, CO, United States 05-07-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Good memories!"

    I lived in Paris for two years in my 20's. This book brought back memories of the many places mentioned. At the same time I learned the history of these same places from as far back as the 1300's. Rutherfurd wonderfully brings together the many different families as we move through the centuries. My only complaint was the narrator's voice that seemed a little monotone but I guess if I am going to listen for 38 hours I would rather have that monotone rather than an overly dramatic version. All in all, a very good book.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Chippewa Falls, WI, United States 09-08-14
    Kathy Chippewa Falls, WI, United States 09-08-14 Member Since 2013

    This is the only way to get through all the books I want to enjoy...and still I'm behind!

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    "History made easier."
    Would you listen to Paris again? Why?

    I think I would read the tangible book so I can get the names again of places in Paris and I'd like to have a map of the time to go along with it. I got a bit lost not knowing Paris so well and the once suburbs/villages that are now incorporated into the city. Who knew there were so many parks and it seems like every large building is a Palais.Like other listeners, I too had trouble with the back and forth of time periods..it's clever but difficult when listening (and driving) to understand where and how it all connects. Once or twice might be interesting, but not more than that.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Actually, there wasn't a favorite, each had their own path and followed it but it was great that towards the end of their lives or at a significant moment, they realised a slightly different path and took it, usually for the good. Only one character-Thomas Gascon travels his path which seems the straightest, simplest course, pure truth. I don't mean saintly, just one of those characters in books and life who has a clear understanding of who they really are.


    Which character – as performed by Jean Gilpin – was your favorite?

    All characters were performed well, no one more than the other.


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

    I thought the time of the Resistance Movement was particularly well done as was the Jacobin/Communard explanations. To me they are not well done in history classes and this book gave a much more thorough understanding of the groups, their philosopy and destiny.


    Any additional comments?

    Having read and listened to many of Edward Rutherfurd's books and enjoying them all, I found this one a bit more difficult to keep up with, although when I had the chance to stay with it, I found it great. I did go and look up places mentioned in the book to understand and "study" them more. Historical fiction-if good- is the way I understand history best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laurel C. Stein New Jersey 09-07-14
    Laurel C. Stein New Jersey 09-07-14 Member Since 2011

    Jersey knitter

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    "soap opera"
    What would have made Paris better?

    More focused story line


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing by this author


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Annoying voice


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None that comes to mind


    Any additional comments?

    Rambling soap opera that reads like a television mini series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Martha 08-06-14
    Martha 08-06-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Great story, oddly read."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Paris to be better than the print version?

    I like the French pronunciations, but see comment below.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader reads every sentence as if a dramatic scene about to climax. Gets old.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary McCall, ID, United States 06-20-14
    Mary McCall, ID, United States 06-20-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Not the Paris you'd hope for."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who may want to read a little history tossed in with a distracting and poorly written second rate novel.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Edward Rutherfurd again?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was OK.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Paris?

    Too much to describe here.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was poorly written. I wouldn't recommend it period! I wanted to learn more history of Paris and there was much included here, but the attempt to turn it into a novel involving inept love stories just didn't cut it. I quit half way through. The side stories were so out of touch with the historical part it was just not good!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    robert 06-03-14
    robert 06-03-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Cliche, Superficial, Insult to the real history."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I cannot understand why anyone would think this is good historical fiction. The plot is predictable. The writing cliched and repetitive and the entire book lacking in any real insight or substance.


    Has Paris turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No but to this author.


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

    No. But I think he is a good reader.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Paris?

    How about all those silly scenes about not knowing if "he" or "she" loves me. How about the scene where someone purports to know Hemingway is a great writer by how he holds himself or looks. How about pretending to know a person's character by five minutes of observation. etc etc etc.


    Any additional comments?

    There are so many wonderful books of historical fiction that are real, insightful, full of intelligent perspective on life, morals, history, psychology. Sadly, I find this one to be little more than a cartoon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara CENTREVILLE, VA, United States 03-08-14
    Barbara CENTREVILLE, VA, United States 03-08-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A different format than Rutherford's other books"

    Paris goes back and forth in time, instead of the straight timeline of Rutherford's other books. Still, it is a beautiful story. Jean Gilpin read beautifully and performed the voices and accents flawlessly.

    As always I was entranced. Before Paris, I had read most of Rutherford's books, listening was a new experience. An experience I enjoyed so much, I bought another Audible Rutherford book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Lehnardt SLC, UT 02-08-14
    Michelle Lehnardt SLC, UT 02-08-14 Member Since 2006

    mother of six

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    "a fabulous book, an incredible narrator"
    What did you love best about Paris?

    I learned so much history from this novel.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were interesting and engaging.


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

    Jean Gilpin's performance was extraordinary. I am now searching for other books she narrated. I honestly cant' imagine why anyone would give her less than five stars. Every character came to life through her voice.


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

    Ha! At 39 hours? I guess if I had no other responsibilities.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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