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Paris: The Novel

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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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    Lynn 03-13-16
    Lynn 03-13-16
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    "My favorite Author once again shares a great story"

    Memorable characters weave their way through the history of France. The fictional lives make historical events come alive and inspire me to look again at these events. I especially enjoyed the thread that connected these characters through out the story and how time was not linear in the telling so their connection bloomed like spring flowers. I will be reading it again

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    Robert Greenberger Fairfield, CT USA 03-08-16
    Robert Greenberger Fairfield, CT USA 03-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting story, distracting reader"

    I've read some of the authors other books, so I was pretty sure what I was in for. It fulfilled my expectations.

    My problem is that the narrator used such a heavy French accent on the proper names that I have no idea what she was saying. Other than that frequent annoyance, she was fine.

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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 Member Since 2016
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    Great epic story and amazing performance. Long listen and I enjoyed all of it. Well done!!

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    Becki 09-10-15
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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
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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
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    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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    Flygirl 06-14-15
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    "Great read before your trip to France!"
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    A wonderful overview of the history of Paris! It is a challenge to keep track of the characters and the sequence of timing as the book jumps back and forth. It can be done and you are rewarded with a good understanding of Paris. I enjoyed this book and it made my Paris visit more meaningful. The narrator is a delight.

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    Nicole B. 06-03-15
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    "Long but good book"

    I enjoyed the story telling around historical facts but is a long book to listen to though.

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