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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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Not recommended for audio book

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

There are too many characters and plot lines recommend this as an audio book. I'm positive I would have enjoyed it much more if I had read it in book format.

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Good Read

Would you consider the audio edition of Paris to be better than the print version?

Audio version is always better than the printed version. It allows you to do other things while "reading" the book.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The story is very slow at some points, and then can get quite confusing as to how the characters connect. While I am a fan of the author, Edward Rutherfurd, this is not his best work. Having said that, it is a good read and the story was enjoyable.

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

Jean Gilpin does a wonderful job with all of the characters. She is a great reader and brings life to the story.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

France's unsung heros

Any additional comments?

Check out Rutherfurd's other books first. This one is good, but not on the top of my list of favorites for his work.

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Very good

I enjoyed this book very much, including the historical information. It is well worth listening to and enjoying all the stores

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Great Historical Novel

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I really enjoyed this book. There were a few places where it was a little too "historical" and not enough novel, but that's just me. I would highly recommend it.

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Great Book...

I really enjoyed the characters in this book...Paris is as beautiful in Edward ' s words as it is in person...

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Exceptional story of Paris

Anyone who has visited " The City of Lights" and loves her like I do must read this delightfully novel. It's takes you in a journey of romance, wars, and well fought victories.

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Enjoyable , Informative

Love Rutherford's method of taking his readers back in time. Much earlier history than most historical fiction, fascinating facts I'd never heard before about history I thought I'd known.

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Everything about the history of Paris

Where does Paris rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

up in the best 10

What was one of the most memorable moments of Paris?

the story of the Tour Eiffel laborers

Which scene was your favorite?

the world war 2 scene when the grandparents realize they have lost a son

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

history of the crossroads of Europe

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So much easier to follow than Sarum.

Would you consider the audio edition of Paris to be better than the print version?

I don't know not having seen the book. I will say having listened to Sarum first prepared me for the layout of this read. I found it much easier to follow than my first experience with Sarum. I should go back to Sarum and see if it's easier to follow now that I get the format. While this book doesn't go back as far as Sarum in terms of centuries, it was a bit more appealing in the fictional aspect rather than historical aspect, both tying in quite nicely.

What other book might you compare Paris to and why?

Other Rutherford books.

What about Jean Gilpin’s performance did you like?

Very much!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, not an extreme reaction.

Any additional comments?

It's a good, long read if you are into those things. Great if you have a long drive/trip or a project like painting your house. It all ties up nicely at the end. Lots and lots of historical reference blended in a very clever human interest way

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Surprisingly Boring!

I've very much enjoyed most of E. Rutherfurd other books so was deeply disappointed to find myself listening to this one on 1.5x just to get through. I think it was a combination of skipping past the early Roman times and traveling back and forth through time that kept me off balance and disinterested in the cast of characters. But I have friends who've very much enjoyed this book so maybe it's just me.