Paris by Edward Rutherfurd audiobook

Paris: The Novel

By Edward Rutherfurd
Read by Jean Gilpin

Random House Audio 9780385535304
38.33 Hours Unabridged
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    ISBN: 9780385359528

From the grand master of the historical novel comes a dazzling, epic portrait of the City of Light Internationally bestselling 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.

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A New York Times bestseller

A USA Today bestseller

From the grand master of the historical novel comes a dazzling, epic portrait of the City of Light

Internationally bestselling 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Stretching from the medieval construction of Notre Dame to the 1968 student revolt and beyond, this panoramic new novel exhibits Rutherford’s lifelong fascination with the City of Lights. His fictitious characters mingle with historic personages and both move naturally amidst the sights, sounds, events, and even scents of this cherished, ever-changing city. A full immersion reading experience.” Barnes & Noble, editorial review
“Anyone who has ever visited Paris or desires to do so will definitely want to dig into this movable feast. Both Paris, the venerable City of Light, and Rutherfurd, the undisputed master of the multigenerational historical saga, shine in this sumptuous urban epic.” Booklist
Teeming with a huge cast of finely drawn and realized characters, and dripping with authentic historical detail [that] will satisfy the appetites of discerning historical fiction aficionados. Booklist  Praise for Sarum 
Strong…Appealing…Fascinating. Chicago Sun-Times 
A richly imagined vision of history, written with genuine delight. San Francisco Chronicle
Rutherfurd is a skilled storyteller…juggles his immense cast with great poise and momentum. Washington Post Book World
A spellbinding tour of ancient Ireland. Booklist  Praise for The Rebels of Ireland 
A sparkling window upon history with a superb narrative. Fort Worth Star-Telegram 
Incredible storytelling . . . Readers will fall in love with the iconic city. The Post and Courier  Praise for The Princes of Ireland 
"Rutherfurd's sense of epic sweep is admirable. Kirkus
"Anyone who has ever visited Paris or desires to do so will definitely want to dig into this movable feast. Both Paris, the venerable City of Light, and Rutherfurd, the undisputed master of the multigenerational historical saga, shine in this sumptuous urban epic. Booklist
Paris has been both good and bad to the aristocratic de Cygne family over the centuries. While one generation was welcome at the nearby court of Versailles, another faced the guillotine during the Reign of Terror. Edward Rutherfurd's latest historical novel tracks the de Cygnes and a few other families in Paris from 1261 to 1968 as the city evolves from a medieval outpost to world-class metropolis. His primary focus is on the cohort born later in the 19th century who grew up to witness the existential threat to Paris in two world wars. Aside from the noble de Cygnes, the book follows the merchant Blanchard family, the working-class Gascons and the lefty Le Sourd clan. Action jumps from their day to points in the past. The fates of the families intersect over the centuries like lines on a Paris subway map. The churches, gardens and back alleys of long-ago Paris are revealed through the characters' eyes…The last part of the book, is set in occupied Paris during World War II. In this long, climactic section, Rutherfurd succeeds best at describing not just the buildings and gardens of Paris, but also the actual mood of the city under Nazi rule. Some of the characters respond heroically, another cynically, leading to a familial reckoning that is both tense and enjoyable to read. Associated Press
Sweeping…History has never been so fun to read. USA Today
[A] riotous, multilayered portrait. The Washington Post 
A sweeping, carefully reconstructed portrait of a nation…leaps through centuries. New York Times 

Reviews

Reviews

by DWS 9/13/2017
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A masterful creation; one of the finest books I've read.

Author Rutherfurd is a genius at blending fictional plots and characters with accurate historical events. He creates a set of French families that you will trace from earliest times into the 1940's. Throughout this ambitious timeline, you will read the history of the world, of France, and, in great and fascinating detail, the history of the great city of Paris.

There is nothing dull or ordinary in his plots, plots that involve murder, conspiracy, prostitution, and spying. Interwoven throughout this fictional maze is a constant examination of Parisian society, from the poorest of the poor to the aristocracy and nobility.

I loved reading about the impressionists and following the career of Gustave Eiffel. The fictional characters will often interact with the historical ones and this makes for delightful and sometimes surprising happenings. I also was grateful to witness the evolution of the French government, from pre-Napoleonic monarchies to the day of Charles de Gaulle.

I've since ordered his other works, "London," "New York," and his two books on Ireland. I breezed through an abbreviated version of London and I have to say, I suspect that the author perfected his format and technique in this, his most recent book, "Paris." I enjoyed every bit of "Paris" and I can't wait for his next project.

Author

Author Bio: Edward Rutherfurd

Author Bio: 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.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 38.33
Audience: Adult
Language: English