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New York Audiobook

New York: The Novel

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Publisher's Summary

The best-selling master of historical fiction weaves a grand, sweeping drama of New York from the city's founding to the present day.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Lulu 12-22-16
    Lulu 12-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "An elegant history..."

    Embellished stories of true history. Beautifully written, as always. Read by a skilled and heartfelt guide who draws you into a visual realm of real life. Nevermind about the length, the experience flies by until the end when you may shed a tear saying goodbye to your intimate friends.

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    J. Snider Maryland, USA 12-06-16
    J. Snider Maryland, USA 12-06-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Outstanding! Even better than Michener!"

    If you live in NY, a great introduction. If you want microcosm of American history writ large, also a great introduction.

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    Clint Rector 11-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Absolutely phenomenal"

    Every aspect of this audio book is amazing. The story is beautifully written, the narration further brings the story to life...and New Yorks depth of history. Weaving fictional characters into real historical events will leave you with emotionally attached to these people and awed at the pain and joy families felt during fascinating times.

    I'm legitimately depressed the book is over. If your interested in New York and it's history, you will not be disappointed. Wonderful book!

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    Shawn Carrollton, TX, United States 10-19-16
    Shawn Carrollton, TX, United States 10-19-16

    Considering that I have a reading disorder, the Audible compamy has quenched a great day of time with Audible as my greatest personal fre

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    "Spellbinding throughout! "

    If only I had read/listened to this book earlier in my life things may have been different.
    An absolute masterpiece in historical art.
    To blend such a compelling story into true historical fact is brilliant.
    A must read for any book enthusiast.

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    Joanna M. Ormesher 09-11-16

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    "Magnificent!"

    A must read - then visit New York and understand.better what makes this amazing city tick!

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    Susie 08-31-16
    Susie 08-31-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A fantastic adventure!"

    This is a fantastic story and a phenomenal performance. The best audiobook performance I have listened to of a novel for sure! Get started on this adventure of a book right now and enjoy every moment!

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    Angela Walters 08-19-16
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    "New York"

    This book is very interesting and very well written, but it is a bit lengthy and time consuming. It creates good viewpoint of history through the eyes of men.

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    Zzap 07-27-16
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    "Amazing"

    This book really brings New York alive in a creative way. Not only does it tell the long history of the story, but it introduces you to a family. By the end, that family becomes your family. Wonderful job to Edward Rutherfurd for capturing the nature of humanity and that of the great city.

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    Moorep2 Ocean springs, ms 07-09-16
    Moorep2 Ocean springs, ms 07-09-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Absolutely fabulous!!"

    Wow! I can't begin to say how much I enjoyed this book. It is the first of Rutherford's books that I have read, but it sure won't be the last! The story is beautifully written and I loved the depth of character development. The Master family became part of my own extended family, and I felt that I was right there with them. I was also pleased with Bramhall's performance, and that makes a big difference in a book of this size. His inflection and reading style are similar to my own and made the 36-hours of listening so very enjoyable. Truly, an 11 on a scale of 10.

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    Kathleen Ward Phoenix, AZ USA 05-08-16
    Kathleen Ward Phoenix, AZ USA 05-08-16 Member Since 2013

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    What I enjoyed about rid story was the basic goodness of the main characters. The very best part was the section narrated in the first person by the black servant.

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