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.
This actually sounded like it was going to be a really good book, and I got about a section and a half into and then just couldn't stand the narrator anymore. He was so boring and didn't add any life to the characters.. I just couldn't stand listening to him anymore without falling asleep.
When I got started on this five-part audiobook, I was really interested, despite the narrator's rather limited range of inflection and characterization. I was still interested in Part 2 and pretty interested in Part 3. I had to make myself listen to Parts 4 and 5, especially Part 5. The plot gets weaker and weaker as the author examines and re-examines the same characters in the same way, without shedding any new light. When the author moves on to another generation, they are less interesting, and they have the same tendencies and rivalries as their elders. There just isn't enough plot to stretch out through this long, long book. Especially with a narrator with such a limited range.
It takes a while to get into this book, and I'm still not sure if the effort pays off in the end. I did become more engaged as the story unfolded, but some characters are more sympathetic and interesting than others. I wish book focused more on the characters I liked than the ones I found tedious and uninteresting. How much I enjoyed the story at any given time depended a great deal on the subject of the narrative.
The best I can offer in support of this story is: Eh. Good. I guess. But not great.
The narrator is ok & very British. Sometimes, however, I wasn't sure who was speaking, or if the words were thoughts or actual speech, because the narrator did not modulate his voice very much or make any effort to distinguish between different characters' voices.
OH my word, this narrator sounds like they are a child learning to read. The book is great but i could only stand listening to this narrator for 30 minutes before i had to turn the book off. Gutted to waste a creadit.
The other reviewers point out what a fine novel this is. It does take a while to get comfortable with the large number of characters introduced at the outset, but Galsworthy does an excellent job of helping his readers keep them straight. However, I never did get used to the narrator, who has a good enough voice but a dreadfully dull, nearly monotonous style.
If the other two volumes of THE FORSYTE CHRONICLES (A MODERN COMEDY and END OF THE CHAPTER) are ever recorded, I hope they use a better narrator.
This was such a classic & much beloved story in my mother's era that I downloaded it out of sheer curiosity and desire for a good meaty story that I could get into and stay with for a good long while. Sadly, it is so slowly paced that I eventually gave up entirely and didn't quite finish the audiobook - a rarity for me.
I remember The Forsyte Saga as a fantastic miniseries. I was so excited to see this book here that I immediately purchased it. Upon listening to the first 3 chapters, however, the narrator is so deadpan and his speech so halting that I was unable to continue listening! I have just wasted one of my credits, and I wish I knew how to get my money back. Shame on you, Audible, for even offering such an awful narration of this wonderful story! This doesn't even rate the 1 star I was forced to enter.