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Paris | [Edward Rutherfurd]

Paris

Inspired by the haunting, passionate story of the city of lights, this epic novel weaves a gripping tale of four families across the centuries: from the lies that spawn the noble line of de Cygne to the revolutionary Le Sourds who seek their destruction; from the Blanchards whose bourgeois respectability offers scant protection against scandal to the hard-working Gascons and their soaring ambitions.
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Publisher's Summary

"City of love. City of splendour. City of terror. City of dreams."

Inspired by the haunting, passionate story of the city of lights, this epic novel weaves a gripping tale of four families across the centuries: from the lies that spawn the noble line of de Cygne to the revolutionary Le Sourds who seek their destruction; from the Blanchards whose bourgeois respectability offers scant protection against scandal to the hard-working Gascons and their soaring ambitions.

Over hundreds of years, these four families are bound by forbidden loves and marriages of convenience; dogged by vengeance and murderous secrets; torn apart by the irreconcilable differences of birth and faith, and brought together by the tumultuous history of their city. Paris bursts to life in the intrigue, corruption and glory of its people.

Beloved author of Sarum, London, and New York, Edward Rutherfurd illuminates Paris as only he can: capturing the romance and everyday drama of the men and women who, in 2000 years, transformed a humble trading post on the muddy banks of the Seine into the most celebrated city in the world.

©2013 Edward Rutherford (P)2013 Hodder & Stoughton

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    Joe Coventry, U.K. 10-24-13
    Joe Coventry, U.K. 10-24-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Centuries of beautiful, delectable snobbery"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Paris to be better than the print version?

    Listening is so much more experiential, the voice, like a an instrument adds emotion and nuance to the writer.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    One does not read Edward Rutherfurd for the plot and story. The narrative is purely a backdrop or a canvas to explore the city and to 'experience' its historic life. The actual story is, in true Rutherfurd tradition, slightly weak and contrived. Don't get me wrong, it is much less painful than anything by Dan Brown, but the narrative is a vehicle not the end. Therefore the end of the book could be anything, since the real end of the book is going to be your travel agent.


    What about Jane Wymark and Jonathan Keeble ’s performance did you like?

    The two J's do justice to the story and help to delineate the forward-backward jumps in centuries. Jonathan can really make con you to believe it is a woman talking without any obvious falsetto trick. True craft.


    If you could take any character from Paris out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would have liked to win that lucky draw, not for the obvious, but for the other.


    Any additional comments?

    A good, albeit weak yarn, on a magnificent backdrop.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Whitstable, United Kingdom 10-14-13
    Chris Whitstable, United Kingdom 10-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Paris - just amazing"
    What did you love best about Paris?

    How the fictional characters were woven into the factual account of some of the history of the city


    What other book might you compare Paris to and why?

    Any of Edward Rutherfurd's books


    What does Jane Wymark and Jonathan Keeble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A French influence


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

    Far too long to read in one sitting but always looked forward to the next sitting


    Any additional comments?

    Made me look for factual reference to events around which the story is woven. Learnt a lot.

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  • Penny
    Havelock North, New Zealand
    11/29/13
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    "A great book - hard to follow in Audible format"

    I love the way Edward Rutherford follows families through the ages, and gives such marvellous glimpses of what it might have been like to be involved in, or witness to, historical events - both terrible and inspiring. It alternates between events in the middle ages and more recent, with a lot more focus on the 19th and 20th centuries, but is quite hard to follow. I kept thinking that I needed the book to refer back, to remind myself of the family connections, and I also believe it is likely that a book might contain maps and drawings to illustrate the places it was referring to.
    That said, I loved the book, it has given me a good overall perspective on French history. Narration is excellent too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amy
    Catford, United Kingdom
    8/19/13
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    "Loved it!"

    I've been to Paris many times but after reading this book I will view it with different eyes. It is beautifully written, painstakingly researched and made Paris and it's history come to life for me. A must-read for any Francophile and one which I will listen to again and again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jean
    Reading, Berks, United Kingdom
    8/7/13
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    "A good read."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It captures the feel of Paris and there's a lot to get your teeth into. I really enjoyed the descriptions of a city I know reasonably well, and love.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I suppose it was Thomas Gascon and his love of the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower- although his brother Luc was interesting and I hoped that he would eventually 'come good'.


    What does Jane Wymark and Jonathan Keeble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    They were excellent and helped to bring the characters to life. Jane Wymark's French accent was particularly good.


    Any additional comments?

    I've enjoyed all Rutherfurd's books and was pleased to see this one available. My only hesitation is that, unlike Sarum or London, it didn't follow a clear timeline. I found it a bit confusing at first to keep jumping backward and forward between years. Apart from that a really good book and one I shall listen to more than once.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Derek
    Snitterby, Lincs, United Kingdom
    7/15/13
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    "Excellent storey"
    What did you like most about Paris?

    I like Edward's way of writing a tale


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Paris?

    None I liked the whole storey


    Any additional comments?

    Please spell his Surname right.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    RUNCORN, United Kingdom
    3/25/14
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    "We'll sometimes have Paris..."
    Would you listen to Paris again? Why?

    No, it was interesting enough but there's nothing in it that would persuade me that there's more to be gained from a second listening


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Paris?

    The final scene between Luc and Thomas was particularly emotional...you could see it coming but couldn't quite believe it was going to play out the way it did.


    What about Jane Wymark and Jonathan Keeble ’s performance did you like?

    Nevermind that, what I couldn't help wonder was: why didn't they pick a male actor who could do a passable French accent? And as for his female voices....*shudder*. Wymark was excellent though and Keeble, when sticking to male voices, was fine enough.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It's not all cheese and wine, y'know...


    Any additional comments?

    Despite my grumbles, I really enjoyed this book, the sense of history and sweeping scope of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • helen
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    3/11/14
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    "Great for lovers of Paris and French history"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Paris to be better than the print version?

    i have not read the book yet but thought the book was narrated well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Thomas Gascon. A decent person who took a few risks yet was dependable and ultimately acted for the greater good of his comrades


    What about Jane Wymark and Jonathan Keeble ’s performance did you like?

    The way they ensured it was easy to follow which character they were portraying?


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

    How badly the solicitor's daughter treated people and also when Louise was betrayed


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom
    2/4/14
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    "Press on past the first hour or so..."

    This was my first E Rutherfurd. I love long audio books and I love Paris, so that's why I bought it. It's not exactly what I was expecting - but it is very good.

    The plot is very complex. It seems simple enough at face value, but the switches in era, generations and families adds a layer (or several) which at times, did baffle me. I was slightly bored, or at least not engaged, for about 1 - 2 hours but given that this is such a long book, I was prepared to go with it. Very glad I did. Sometimes the switches in time/characters made sections of the book feel like extended short stories, which I also liked.

    Plotting it must have been a nightmare! Even now, I am slightly unclear about the fate of a couple of the characters/families - but it didn't spoil it.

    The main feature is the way the book captures a very tangible sense of Paris, through several hundred years of living history. At times, because of the richness of the historical content, I felt that I was listening to a book that was 100% factual; of course it isn't, but the fiction of the plot, set in front of the facts, which come to life, was very clever and rewarding.

    The 2 narrators were excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    BRISTOL, United Kingdom
    12/2/13
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    "Epic"
    Where does Paris rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely in my upper top 10! I wonder sometimes whether I would enjoy a book this much if I had actually read it. The narration definitely adds an obvious added dimension, but its definitely a positive one. I love audiobooks especially when there are narrators acting as both sexes and then even sharing some characters, as they do in this audiobook. They're are so good that you forget that its a woman narrating a man's "voice" or vice versa.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The overlapping stories over such a long period of time, combined with actual history of the ages were a joy. The intricacy of all the characters within each family was so complete! Each new revelation in their relationships was a like a little burst of energy infused to the novel.


    Have you listened to any of Jane Wymark and Jonathan Keeble ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I haven't, but I do have The Girl On The Stairs by Louise Welsh on my wish list


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

    Funnily enough, although I felt very connected with all the characters, it was the vision of the Eiffel Tower growing as it was built that I found so moving. To think of Paris without it was impossible for me, until Edward Rutherford's novel. Now I can put names and stories to the men who built the Tower. Even if they're only fictional.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm looking forward to the next Edward Rutherford novel, or more likely, audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MRS
    benfleet, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "A real epic"
    What made the experience of listening to Paris the most enjoyable?

    I loved the story and became really involved with the characters. The story spans centuries and follows the same three families. The writer interlocks their lives throughout and as a listener I felt as though I was revisiting Paris.


    What other book might you compare Paris to, and why?

    I have read several other titles by the same author and love the way he interweaves the setting with the lived of his central characters.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I most enjoyed the chapters dealing with Paris during the Geman occupation.


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

    The book is far too long for one sitting but for me this is a bonus. I listen during a long commute to work and found myself really looking forward to picking up the story again on each journey.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bibliophile
    Cumbria
    10/13/13
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    "Not in the mood?"

    Obviously a lot of people have thoroughly enjoyed this, so perhaps I was not in the mood to listen to it, and Rutherfurd is long if he fails to capture you near the beginning.
    Have read some of his others so am used to his lengthy descriptions.
    I did wonder if it might be worth trying the print version, but can't be bothered as I never felt involved with the characters, and decided I really couldn't care less what happened to them!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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