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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:
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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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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