This is one of the longest audiobooks I have, but I hardly noticed. The characters and details are so engaging. I liked that the story followed the Forsyte family through generations, showing the consequences of their actions through the years.
Some other reviewers said the narrator was annoying or too slow, but I felt that with such a lot of material and the era of the story, his slow and measured pace was just right. My one quibble was that occasionally he does not vary his voice when reading a conversation between two characters so it's hard to tell who's speaking, but that was only a few times. Overall I was completely absorbed in the story, and appreciate the nice period details, as well as the shrewd and true-to-life depictions of family relationships.
Avid reader of history, biography, and true crime.
Yes, it's a fascinating, well-constructed and beautifully written story. And Galsworthy won the Nobel Prize for it in 1932.
Soames - so well drawn, so believable, so unfulfilled, so sad.
I have not heard Fred Williams before, but I was amazed to read the negative comments about his reading. If you don't like the sample, don't buy it, but I find his voice very easy-on-the-ear, and his pace is perfect for the pace of the story and of life in that era.
I love everything about it, including Fred Williams' narration.
Hi all. I'm in my 50's (that's relevant, i think), and I favor fiction. I like the british sensibility, and was introduced to the Forsyte Saga through audible ... loved it! I happen to also like Chinese writers, but they are not well represented yet at audible. Looking to follow readers with similar tastes ...
this book/saga is extremely well written, without being stuffy or overly descriptive, and if you appreciate dry british humor you will regret that the book had to end. and .... at 42 hours of listening, it's an audible bargain!
This is just the kind of book I'd usually love, a family saga in a historical setting, and a classic to boot, and so I bought it without even listening to the sample (silly, I know, but this was early in my audible membership.) The ratings are so good, I'm surprised so few people seem to truly hate the narration here as much as I did. I've tried listening again and again, but the droning monotone literally puts me to sleep every time. It's one of maybe 3 books I've never been able to finish - out of hundreds of audiobooks I've purchased over the past few years. I can't comment on the story, since I couldn't focus on it at all and never got past the first hour or so.
I very much want to read this book, but none of the unabridged versions available now appeal to me. There's an abridged version by Martin Jarvis who is one of my favourite narrarors. I wish he would record an unabridged version. Simon Vance would be great too. Maybe I'll download an ebook version instead.
As another reviewer mentions, this narrator sounds like a robot. A little more life and emotion would be welcome.
annoyance that I wasted a credit, when it didn't simply put me to sleep.
The story is labyrinthine, lots of characters over a long period of time, each with his or her own eccentricities. While some of the subject matter is very politically incorrect today, it is an interesting chronicle of social and economic changes at the end of the Victorian and beginning of the Edwardian eras. The transition from a largely rural, farming country to a more urban investment-based middle-class also drives the early story, complete with successful Forsytes buying country homes later.
The book reminded me a bit of "Middlemarch," with its gentry versus people of commerce themes and its focus on marital strife. There were also elements that echoed some of Trollope's themes (especially his Barsetshire Chronicles and Paliser novels) regarding proper behavior and the role of money in a changing society.
The narrator seems really dull at first, almost mechanical and droning, but after a while, his subtle intonation really underscores Galsworthy's droll characterizations and wicked satirical wit.
No. The narrator spoke so slowly and with so much emphasis on each syllable, that is was painful. Struck me as a parody of bad diction coach.
Unfortunately, no. I loved the TV show of these books, and have also read the books so I was really looking forward to listening to the audiobook, but the narrator was hands-down the worst audio book narrator I have ever listened to.
He read the book like he was reading a science textbook - it was completely dry, unemotional and flat. It was SO hard to listen to, it completely spoilt the book for me.
The book is great, and with a different narrator I'm sure it would have been an absorbing listen.
The very best!
Well, there are a lot of great books in the world and there is The Forsyte Saga
They are all alive, and Fred Williams's reading is superb. Irene, Soames and Young Jolyon are our favourites.
Definitely young Jolyon. I would love to discuss children - parents problems with him.
The book is our absolute favourite, and we'll listen to it again.
No. It was depressing with no redeeming area
Have at least someone end up happy in the end
My wife and I are audiobook addicts and have read dozens. This one ranks as our favorite, far and above all others. The prose is exquisite...so much so that we downloaded the book to our iPads so that we can revel in favorite passages later. The reader may strike the listener as crochety at the outset, but within the first two hours I guarantee you could not imagine anyone doing a better job. By the 10-hour mark, in fact, he was blowing us away. If you want an extraordinarily compelling story read by a powerful narrator, this is it. In our book, it's the best of the best. By the way, Galsworthy won the Nobel Prize for literature, and as you read this masterpiece, you will find yourself applauding the choice of the committee.