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  • Audio CD: 8 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group; Abridged edition (10 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073938287X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739382875
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 231,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By PAUL BRADSHAW on 8 Oct 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have read and loved all of Edward Rutherfurd's books (starting with Sarum, 20 years ago). "New York" is just as good as any of them. Rutherfurd takes us on a 350 year ride through New York's history, from the 1600s to the present day. The fictional characters are well-developed and interesting and we follow them through multiple generations alongside all of the major events in New York's history. New Amsterdam, the Dutch, the War of Independence, Tammany Hall, the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, through to the inevitable and tragic conclusion at the World Trade Center.

With Rutherfurd's books it feels more like you're living through the history than reading a history book. There are many enjoyable storylines involving the fictional families, with the historical events as a backdrop, and several of them incorporate real characters from history. George Washington, Ben Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Churchill's family, Boss Tweed, and many others, are all here.

At school I thought history was a boring subject. But I found it hard to put this book down, and now that I am finished I will really miss my daily excursions into New York.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Darren Simons TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Nov 2010
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I make no secret writing this review that I am a fan of Edward Rutherfurd having read nearly all his books to date, starting with London. To those not familiar with Edward Rutherfurd's books he has a very clear and repeated method in writing huge fictional histories of countries or areas. He does this by following the family trees of several families with a backdrop of the history of a particular place, and putting them on the periphery of those historic events. Whilst it may sound a little contrived, for me the method works really well and you end up with a knowledge of the history of a place without reading a text book. Generally this ends up as a series of stories (about 50 pages each) describing something that happened in one generation, and then the next chapter is a story affecting the next generation and any loose ends are tied up.

New York follows this same method starting with the Dutch settlers in New York, going through the War for Independence, the Civil War, the Depression, racism and most recently terrorism. From this perspective if you are new to Edward Rutherfurd's books I would definitely recommend this as a good book to start with.

For those who have read Rutherfurd's books, however, there are some subtle differences in the way this has been written. Firstly rather than following lots of families in parallel Rutherfurd has chosen to focus on just one (the Masters and their predecessors the van Dycks) and there's no doubt the characters in this book are less strong than in the others. Certainly families come and go and there is not the continuity from other books.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. Duke on 14 Nov 2009
Format: Hardcover
I could not wait to get my hands on this book. The cover alone pulled me in. I started it exactly two weeks ago and just finished it in the early hours of this morning, literally with baited breath to see if the characters would escape the atrocities of 9/11. I have been savoring this book every night, and I was very sad to end it. It was as if I were saying goodbye to some well loved friends.

This book tells the story of New York through the eyes of a family, down the centuries. I love how the author makes descendants of well loved characters pop up again and again through the years. Even the wampum belt... This book was fantastic.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nick Brett TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Sep 2010
Format: Paperback
An author with the ability and experience of Rutherford should have been able to make a fantastic job of New York, such an exciting and vibrant city..
I started reading this after a trip to New York, I was inspired and keen to know more, but it has taken me a couple of months to wade through this and I was far too easily diverted to read other books. Over a 1,000 pages is a long and painful read if you are not engaged!

Rutherford overlays the history of New Your from it's Dutch settlement origins through to 9/11. He balances the development of the City and it's people with stories of individuals, with a main focus on the various generations of the Masters family. But this approach means it lacks any narrative tension and as you become interested in someone, we suddenly shift forward 50 years. Quite a few interesting characters are cast aside rather easily (the black Hudson family) or just die off in the background. Against this we have the city itself and sometimes the author tries too hard to bolt in landmarks "..this took them past the fine concert hall that Mr Carnegie, the steel magnate, had financed" - this works in moderation but at times felt too forced.
I remarked to my wife that the reasons I was struggling with this one and she said it sounded like the Queen Musical "We will Rock You" as in 'let's take in lots of random songs and build a story around them'.

This is not to say that the book is not interesting in parts, but a book has to make you want to turn the next page, not sigh about how many more you have to go.
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