In Sarum, Edward Rutherfurd weaves a compelling saga of five English families whose fates become intertwined over the course of centuries. While each family has its own distinct characteristics, the successive generations reflect the changing character of Britain. We become drawn not only into the fortunes of the individual family members, but also the larger destinies of each family line.
Meticulously researched and epic in scope, Sarum covers the entire sweep of English civilization: from the early hunters and farmers, the creation of Stonehenge, the dawn of Christianity, and the Black Death; through the Reformation, the wars in America, the Industrial Age, and the Victorian social reforms; up through the World War II invasion of Normandy and the modern-day concerns of a once-preeminent empire.
©1987 Edward Rutherfurd (P)1994 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“Nadia May is ideal; her British accents fit the locale, and her pacing and characterizations are smooth, unobtrusive and compelling. The ease of her reading leads the listener to forget she is there, the sign of the perfect narrator.” (AudioFile)
Having read other Rutherford books, "Sarum" was no surprise. The narrator isn't a favorite for me, which does detract from listening to such a long novel.
didn't enjoy it as much as New York and Paris but mostly due to the fact that it 'obviously' has alot about the church and politics which aren't my cup of tea.... but i still enjoyed it well enough
Edward Rutherford has a way of telling a story that leads you to next era while linking it to the past. His characters are human in the best and worst ways. With out overtly telling you he has linked each generation of each family with familiar characteristics. Salisbury and Stonehenge are familiar to me so I was excited to read Mr Rutherford's interpretation of their history. His fictitious characters help move a fascinating history.
I loved learning about the history of England and its relationship to other places in the world.
I would only recommend this to friends who are history buffs. There is no real character development here.
Only got 4 chapters in. The narration was grating. Yes, production issues but also the narrator stops to swallow and the sound is clear as to what is happening. Love the author and the other books, may read this one instead of listening.
Cannot say - did not get far enough into the book.
I don't know names - but any of the narrators who presented his other books - New York, Ireland (both books,) Paris. They were great!
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This book was such an excellent story. It made me so much want to visit that part of England. I love the way the author creates such a sense of continuity through the ages. I recommend it wholeheartedly!
It was at times maybe hard to follow on audio, and having the printed pages may have been helpful- but overall I really enjoyed this book! Others have said there were some odd pauses in the narration, but I find that listening at 1 1/2 or 2 x speed takes care of the issue:)
A Great Story and a super way to study history. He traces the history of Sarum through four different families and their story really never gets dull.
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