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Publisher's Summary

A wonderful, epic story that tells the history of the greatest city in the world, from Roman times to the present day. From the author of Paris, Sarum and New York.

London has perhaps the most remarkable history of any city in the world. Now its story has a unique voice. In this epic novel, Edward Rutherfurd takes the listener on a magnificent journey across 16 centuries, from the days of the Romans to the Victorian engineers of Tower Bridge and the dockland development of the modern day.

Through the lives and adventures of his colourful cast of characters, he brings all the richness of London's past unforgettably to life.

©2018 Edward Rutherfurd (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Enthralling history and brilliant narration.

I read the book years ago ( but it was a challenge since I only get to read late at night) but this audio version brought it all to life for me. The first few chapters seem a little slow, but stick with it and you'll find yourself sitting in the car in your driveway as you crave that little bit more! I loved the assortment of families with their various characteristics and their continuous reappearance throughout the centuries. As an ex-pat, it took me home... I didn't want it to end...

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well worth the time

magnificent work wonderfully told enjoyed every minute- if you have ever been to London it's a walk through history

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  • ms
  • 13-03-2018

Excellent

wonderful tale of London brilliant story telling great history believable characters and nice balance of happy and sad.. more by this author please and superb narrator who always makes the difference

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  • Roslyn Adams
  • 19-03-2018

Wonderful

I'm not going to ramble on about this book. Thoroughly enjoyable especially if you have an interest in history. Well narrated and a pleasure to listen to.

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  • Jody
  • 27-04-2018

The Perfect Book

I have read this book many times and have anxiously awaited its release on Audible, so when I finally saw it I here I purchased it straight away.
It’s beautiful.
It immerses you in ways you’ll never imagine.
If you’re even slightly interested in the History of London I highly recommend it.
Each of the Author’s books are wonderful and never fail to keep you interested from start to finish.
You won’t regret buying this for even one minute.

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  • jeremy shelton
  • 29-03-2018

my favourite book yet

I had been looking for an audio version of this book for ages, and when it appeared it was an instant purchase. each chapter is like a book in itself. you get attached to the characters in each one. it only gets slightly less enjoyable when it comes to the conversations about taxes and politics but these are necessary for an understanding of the social and political climate of the age in question. the narrator is excellent and I can't find any fault in the performance. I'd recommend this book as a must buy for anyone interested in historical fiction. And especially if you live in or near London. It'll make you look at your surroundings in a whole new light. five stars all the way!

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  • Kirstine
  • 17-05-2018

A tour de force of historical fiction

This is an epic sweep of over 2000 years of British history brought to life by following the lives of fictional families across the generations. I enjoyed every one of the over 48 hours of recording narrated with verve and skill by Andrew Wincott whose voice will be familiar to those who listen to the Archers as he plays Adam Macy.

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  • Dwiver
  • 04-05-2018

Disappointed with narration

I think the idea of leading people through the history of London through various stories is really good. I learned a lot and it was good to relate modern features of London to history.

My only reservation was the narration. When a character was speaking or thinking the narrator used an intense whisper that became increasingly annoying. I didn’t finish the book because I couldn’t listen to it anymore.

I will try again because the story was good and I found it really interesting.

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  • Richardsannesky Com
  • 11-08-2018

Amazing

A wonderful story of family lives and the times they lived in. Couldn't stop listening to it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-06-2018

History of London from its beginnings in 48 hours.

This book starts slowly, but quickly grabs you and although you are told that the family trees it describes are fictitious, you want to know what happens next. Although the stories are engaging, it is the plethora of dates, events and the consequences of history on the lives of people like you and me which makes this book exceptional.

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  • Jane
  • 19-06-2018

Exceptional

Everyone should read this book, it is fantastic. Please can you have more of the Author's books on audible. Paris is also a fabulous book, would be great to be able to listen to more

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  • Shep's mummy
  • 13-08-2018

Fantastic London's history brought alive

If you love history and you wonder where you come from this book shows the ins and outs of the development of not only a city but also a nation. How the twists and turns can take the lowest in society to highest then back again. Well narrated although I found it a little slow by turning the speed to 1.25 found it much better. However do not be put off, it is a long book and a long recording but it covers so much. It sparks my interest in seeing how far back I can go to find out where I come from. Reading any book can open a door to a new place this book takes you through the door onto a moving stair giving you glimpses of London. These glimpses bring with them an understanding of how areas and people got their names, how things we take for granted came about and how a good writer can bring together such a subject. Without spoiling the story by going into detail the one thing this book shows is how little people change and how little is learnt from history.