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Written by: Edward Rutherfurd
Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
Length: 49 hrs and 11 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"A tour de force...London tracks the history of the English capital from the days of the Celts until the present time.... Breathtaking." - The Orlando Sentinel

Here is Edward Rutherfurd's classic novel of London, a glorious pageant spanning 2,000 years. He brings this vibrant city's long and noble history alive through the ever-shifting fortunes, fates, and intrigues of half-a-dozen families, from the age of Julius Caesar to the 20th century. Generation after generation, these families embody the passion, struggle, wealth, and verve of the greatest city in the world.

©1998 Edward Rutherfurd (P)2018 Random House Audio

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Love the story but the narrator ???

I am 81 years old and still not needing a hearing aid but this narrator drove me to distraction. I have read all of Rutherford’s novels and this is the best. However, the narrator has a terrible habit of ending his sentences in a whisper which I cannot hear. In doing this I’ve lost a good part of the story.

I stuck it out to the end because it is a great epic but the narrator ruined it for me. One day I’ll go back and listen again and maybe pick up more of the story....or read it for myself.

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  • MP
  • 2018-11-28

Narration totally ruins the book for me!

Always enjoyed his books. But this narrator ruins it for me. Tries to hard, not natural narration, ok when he is not impersonating a protagonist but otherwise ..aah I wonder if I even will get to half the book let alone the end .

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An informative, well-written historical fiction

In my opinion, Londonis the best of Edward Rutherfurds’s numerous (and all excellent) historical fiction novels.
It follows a few fictional families through the ages, from prehistoric times to present day.
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  • Angelyn S. Furst
  • 2018-03-04

Absolutely Fabulous!

Any listener of English history novels should not miss this one. All of Rutherfurd's books are wonderful. "Serum", "The Forest", "London" are all worth the time and the credit. The book follows generations of families from the beginning of London to the 20th century. Rutherfurd captures English history accurately through the lives of his characters. High Praise !

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  • M. Adler
  • 2018-03-15

Superb

Can’t rate this highly enough Fantastic on all counts: historically, narration, story. Just get it.

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  • Kelly
  • 2018-05-30

Love Edward Rutherfurd

Second book I have listened to and just bought a third. If you like history and family sages, listen to this author.

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  • HSJ
  • 2018-05-27

This story was my long time companion

What a wonderful story. I have been reading his books since Sarum came out and this is one of my favorites. The narrator is very good with the variety of dialects, though his female voices just sound breathy.

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  • Sue
  • 2018-05-27

Great Historical Novel ! Learn and be entertained

What a bargain - over 49 hours of history with a cast of entertaining characters. While most characters were fictionalized, their lives, conduct, emotions, and motives were consistent with my over 60 years experience. How Mr. Rutherford ties the characters together over the span of almost 2,000 years - he is a craftsman. The story very complex, yet could be followed and always fascinating. I like entertaining learning and the book LONDON, educates in the history of London in a very entertaining way. Narrator Mr. Wincott - excellent.

So glad the author has other books that I can enjoy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-05-26

Underwhelmed

I must say that I had high expectations for this book after reading “Paris”. Sadly it fell short. The story line and characters seemed to lack depth. Just not very memorable.

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  • Peter Hampton
  • 2018-05-08

Engaging Creative And Historical Story Telling

I selected this book as a way to prepare for a trip to London. I wanted to get a feel for the city historically. The book delivered exactly what I wanted and kept me entertained the whole time. The narration was well done and the storylines were engaging. What I appreciated the most was the intertwining of geographic and historical facts.

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  • Kay
  • 2018-08-07

Not Sarum !

Good stuff, but can’t compare to Sarum,which was one of my favorite reads. Being a confirmed Anglophile I was anxious to focus on London. Sarum is so wide in scope, I thought London would be just my cup of tea. Similar but no where nearly as good.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2018-05-23

Overall, good.

I love the narrator's deep voice, but the way he performs female voices really grates on my nerves.

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  • BVerité
  • 2019-01-11

My 3rd brilliant novel by author

I fell in love with Serum many years ago. Recently I listened to Edward Rutherfurd’s New York, which was truly wonderful. This novel is a sweeping epic about London.
This book was different from New York because London is an ancient city. But it is still just as fascinating and well written as the other Rutherfurd books I’ve read/listened to.
Andrew Wincott is a talented narrator who brings this book to life.
I am so happy I’ve rediscovered this author after so many years. I plan to listen to Russka next, plus I already have the Ireland books in my library when I’m done with the next novel!

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