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Paris Audiobook

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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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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    Michelle Lehnardt SLC, UT 02-08-14
    Michelle Lehnardt SLC, UT 02-08-14 Member Since 2011

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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.


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    modeknit St. Paul, MN 09-21-13
    modeknit St. Paul, MN 09-21-13 Member Since 2014

    The best thing you can make is joy.

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    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

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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.

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    JoAnn 05-07-13
    JoAnn 05-07-13 Member Since 2015
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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.

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    David F. Shine 01-21-16 Member Since 2014
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    "I felt like I was in Paris."


    I felt like I was in Paris and didn't want the book to end. Having visited this great city, I was able to visualize many of the places. It was historical fiction at its best! The only thing I would have liked better is if the book proceeded completely chronologically..

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    Declois Beacham 10-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Jean Gilpin is the best narrator EVER!"

    Jean Gilpin is the best narrator EVER!

    honestly I'm not sure how much they paid her to read this very very long but beautiful book, but she deserves more her narration alone makes the book worth listening to. her resources are boundless! she switches between accents with ease and narrates the story like a master storyteller. give her more work we would all be so lucky for it!

    oh and by the way the book is great too!

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    Carolyn CA, CA, USA 10-14-15
    Carolyn CA, CA, USA 10-14-15
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    "Loved the performance!"

    Great epic story and amazing performance. Long listen and I enjoyed all of it. Well done!!

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    Becki 09-10-15
    Becki 09-10-15 Member Since 2013
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    "If you're sitting on the fence ..."

    Buy this book now! The sooner you start, the sooner you'll be listening to a fascinating, vibrant tale of four families set over 600 years in Paris. Rutherford, as always, has done his historical homework, weaving in back stories of famous figures, uprisings, wars and eras to such an extant you'll never look at France in the same way again. I'm a harsh critic of most books and narrators. This is at the top of my picks on Audible. Do yourself a favor and get it now.

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    marc 08-04-15
    marc 08-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful"

    A captivating story of the city and people of Paris through the centuries. I especially loved Rutherfurd's Belle Epoque depiction. I couldn't stop listening to find out how the next generation of these four families would become intertwined. The characters were so vivid

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    VVigne 08-04-15
    VVigne 08-04-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Trois!"

    Yes--I listened to this three times over two years, and enjoyed many little tidbits I'd missed while racing towards the narratives evolution. Try it sometime when you've really loved a story--listen again! This is worth an again, especially if you have ever been there, or hope to.

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