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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: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN: 9781415962800
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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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 2/15/2014

    " Loved it! But it was a huge time commitment! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bethany | 1/28/2014

    " By far the most interesting 880 pages I've read in a long time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ainsley | 1/23/2014

    " Ugh. Normally this isn't the kind of book I would pick up, but a friend read it and said that while the writing isn't great, the story is entertaining enough. She was wrong. This might not be quite on the level of the very worst historical fiction, but it is within spitting distance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/23/2014

    " Loved, loved, loved this book! Story began slowly, but was hooked within 10 pages. Was first drawn to the book from love of historical fiction about NYC. Liked following the same family lines through the centuries, although some leaps were more drastic than others. Not recommended for anyone who cannot handle a 1000 page book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Procini | 1/18/2014

    " One terrific read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Anyone who loves New York will enjoy this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomasthepromise | 1/13/2014

    " Very fun. I learned a lot about the history of new york. great way to see what the city was really like for the last 350 years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carlaintexas | 1/7/2014

    " I really enjoy historical fiction & this book was an interesting way to get an overview of the history of New York. I definitely plan on reading more from this author! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leslie | 1/6/2014

    " author told too much about the revolutionary war. he should have stayed in New York and not travel as much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephen Winkler | 12/17/2013

    " semi-interesting tour through New York's history as seen through the eyes of a rich, white family. Which, in fairness, are the only kind of family who could have conceivably stayed in NYC from its founding through the present. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy Deyo | 11/28/2013

    " Fabulous historical fiction from early 1700's right through to 9/11. This should be required reading in high schools - probably only way they'll learn anything! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Baker | 11/17/2013

    " While this was an informative and interesting read, I didn't like it as much as the England and Ireland novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaimie Mcgovern | 8/7/2013

    " Fantastic book! I loved reading the history of so many different parts of the city, and was surprised to learn so many things I had never known. The intertwining stories of the novel's principal families were captivating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 5/18/2013

    " Rutherfurd is a writer who can stand next to Mitchner in the real of historical 'place' fiction. New York spans the entire history of that city, from the Dutch to today. A lot of fascinating facts interwoven with the lives of the families the book follows. Well worth a read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Mccoy | 7/14/2012

    " 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! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alisoninfreyaland | 11/28/2011

    " New York is a stunning epic which spans the history of the city, almost from its beginnings up to the modern day. I felt it dipped in the middle when the focus on the civil war and its politics detracted from the hitherto character based storyline, but ultimately I was gripped until the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne Radcliffe | 8/27/2011

    " Loved it as I knew more about New York history, this was very interesting. Rutherfurd writes great books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniela Bosque | 7/27/2011

    " excellent reading! historical fiction. loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara Hubbert | 7/7/2011

    " Great historical recount of New York from the 1700's till the 1970's, following a few families. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aubree | 5/21/2011

    " 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. "

  • 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. "

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About the Author
Author Edward RutherfurdEDWARD RUTHERFURD is the internationally bestselling author of seven novels, including the New York Times bestsellers New York, London, The Princes of Ireland, and The Rebels of Ireland.
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.