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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (8,201 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edward Rutherfurd Narrator: Mark Bramhall Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN: 9780739382882
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The bestselling 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, bestselling 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 nineteenth and early twentieth 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.


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Quotes & Awards

  • 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
  • History has never been so fun to read....Rutherfurd's research is exhaustive....fun....This is history, but with a very readable story line. USA Today

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carla Pickard | 2/17/2014

    " Historical fiction at its best! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corin | 2/9/2014

    " This would have been a much better book with some fact-checking. While I enjoyed the book, once the Peace of Paris was reassigned to 1763 (instead of 1783), I found myself questioning too many other supposedly historical details. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 1/26/2014

    " Great book to get better acquainted with the history of New York in a historical fiction setting. I've been to New York plenty of times but this strengthened my affinity for the city (previously I had a love/hate feeling -- mostly distaste). On the other hand, I kind of wished the author put more details on New York's history rather than weave the mildly interesting fictional tales. I found some characters interesting and other not so much. Some others have complained that the author missed out on some important parts of New York's history (such as the development of the black community in Harlem). For me, I thought it was well balanced (although tended more to the aristocratic edge of the populace) and interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aubree Bowling | 1/6/2014

    " I liked how the author had one or two family trees that he followed through the history of NYC, but I wish they were better developed. I don't know if it is possible in a book like this to do that, but often I didn't care *that* much about the characters because they were fleeting to the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bill | 12/26/2013

    " Story line seems contrived to bring in historical events and people. Not up to the standard of his other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherie | 12/24/2013

    " A little tough to get through but I'm glad I stayed with it! A lot of history of New York but a little too detailed and boring in parts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/24/2013

    " My first introduction to Rutherfurd's books. This makes me want to read all the rest. So glad this was recommended to me by a friend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 12/22/2013

    " A long read, but so worth it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Soni | 12/13/2013

    " Excellent book. Rich in details and historical facts, this is the story of the city of New York and how it became one of the most dazzling cities in the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meaghan McDermott | 11/17/2013

    " Must read for all New Yorkers! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Strong | 11/17/2013

    " Wonderful historical novel of NYC. For anyone who loves the city, this novel gives you answers to the origin of the city and city life. I kept saying, "that's where that comes from!" Really enjoyed! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess | 11/14/2013

    " good for historical fiction...sort of big to carry on the train 800 some pages. But worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Klspang | 10/16/2013

    " This is a LONG book that covers Dutch settlers through 9/11 in NYC. I learned a lot about NYC and US history, and I didn't tire of the story even after 100s of pages. Highly recommend if you like historical fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronnie | 10/6/2013

    " It was well done .. it does spend most of it's time in colonial era .. and revolutionary war period and then races through the rest. And some story lines just disappear. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy Wolf | 8/24/2013

    " Very good, but just too long! Lost a star for that ;) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kurt | 7/20/2013

    " This book is long and takes a while to get into, but its really good and gives you a rich history of New York City. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mmbaker | 6/28/2013

    " What a great way to get a history lesson. If you like historical novels you will like this. I love New York so I enjoyed reading about it's history. Only gave it 4 stars because the character development really drops off towards the end of the book. A little flat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan White-riggs | 2/9/2013

    " Love this book, it's my second time reading it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet Stack | 1/10/2013

    " Interesting in the beginning but too long and I got tired of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clare | 12/3/2012

    " Thoroughly enjoyable read especially when anticipating my first visit to this awesome city. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gale | 10/5/2012

    " It was great relearning the history of my home town. I really enjoyed the focus on the same families from one generation to the next and how their lives intertwined with each other. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teadora Lewis | 8/15/2012

    " New York is the most wonderful of characters in this epic. She is lovely. She is strong. She is bold and brave. She loves her people and they love her. New York captures the essence of the great city and her story is fantastically told in this book. Loved all 869 pages of it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Mccoy | 4/8/2012

    " This is a really great book, but I found it difficult to keep all of the characters straight after a couple centuries. This book should come with a family tree! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Connors | 11/21/2011

    " This didn't grab me like some other Rutherford books have. Maybe the format is becoming tired. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Beth | 11/1/2011

    " Loved it. Can't wait to read more of his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 10/15/2011

    " I learned a lot about the history of New York. It was an interesting read in novel format. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 5/15/2011

    " I wish we had half stars on here - I would say 3.5 stars for this one. Very long, very detailed, but interesting historical fiction that follows a few families that cross paths for hundreds of years in the New York area, from the colonies to 9-11. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candace | 5/14/2011

    " Because the novel spanned 4 centuries, a bit of skipping was necessary. Unfortunately, I would get invested in the characters and then there would be a forty year skip, losing the resolution of the plot point. That got to be a bit frustrating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 5/12/2011

    " Rutherford traces many generations of New York denizens. I particularly enjoyed reading about the revolution from the perspective of New Yorkers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 4/27/2011

    " There were some slow spots and then there were spots where the history was glanced over. Not his best book but certainly worth reading "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristina | 4/26/2011

    " So far, this book as been simply written - nothing overly flowery or complex. He spells out every nuance for you. The history value is huge, though, as it covers New York from the Dutch Settlers until after WWII. I am listening to this book and it is over 32 hours long, but the reader is good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 4/26/2011

    " This book made me want to experience every moment in New York's history. I felt like I was there through everything. The people and descriptions were so real. I felt homesick for a place I have barely been to. Historical fiction is my favorite genre and this sage has it all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 4/24/2011

    " Loved reading one of Rutherfurd's captivating histories based in my own country! I love New York and US history even more now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 4/12/2011

    " great long book 800 pages full of history "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannoncj | 4/11/2011

    " I loved this historical fiction novel! It moves from the 1600's to current day loosely following a family. It was really brilliant in the way the connections were made and the different immigrant experiences. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 4/11/2011

    " In one review that I read it said that Edward Rutherfurd is the history teacher that you wished that you had. I totally agree. Growing up on the edge of the Hudson Valley, this book gave me information that I had always wondered about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 4/7/2011

    " It took a bit to get into, but I'm glad I stuck with it. Tells the story of generations of several different families in New York; starting when the city was New Amsterdam, through 2009. It's a long book (780+ pages), but it's worthwhile. I actually learned some history while being entertained. "

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About the Author
Author Edward Rutherfurd

Edward Rutherfurd is one of the most renowned writers of historical fiction. He was born in Salisbury, England, christened in Salisbury Cathedral, and spent his early childhood in Salisbury Close. He was educated at Cambridge University and Stanford University in California. He has written several bestselling books, including Sarum, Russka, and London.

About the Narrator

Mark Bramhall has won eighteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been a finalist for the Audiobook Publishers Association’s prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has been named by Publishers Weekly and AudioFile magazine among their “Best Voices of the Year” in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. He is also an award-winning actor whose acting credits include off-Broadway, regional, and many Los Angeles venues as well as television, animation, and feature films. He has taught and directed at the American Academy of Dramatic Art.