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)
Anyone who is reading it only for the historical value.
I love many of his books because they allow you to get involved with the characters. By trying to encompass such a large timeframe, just as I was getting to know the characters, it jumped to the next generation. I was never able to listen and enjoy, because I was always trying to figure out the new characters.
Clear, concise and as disinterested as I was.
I listen to audio books at least 5 hours a day due to my commute time. This is only the second time I've removed one from my Kindle without finishing it. Really wasted my credit on this one!
I loved Rutherford's New York: The Novel, so I thought this would be as good. Not so much. I did enjoy the history aspect, but he bit off WAY too much. I only slightly exaggerate, that he started at the 'beginning of time' and worked forward. Obviously, the story had to make jumps, in his effort to leave a thread in the genealogy - but too big o'jumps and keeping track of how a surname would change through eons of time was tough. I applaud his efforts, but unless you LOVE history, which I do - you will not make it through this HUGE book. I did make it - and . . . . glad I did, but . . . wouldn't especially recommend it.
Yes - I own Paris and I am hoping it is better. I will take it on after I let a few more books float under my bridge. Need a break from the history and need to get rid of some Sarum cobwebs.
It was okay. About right I guess. But . . . wow - what a looooooooong recording session. This guy deserves a longevity award!
Ha! It has not taken away my desire for a long trip to Great Britain!
This book was neither purely historical or purely novel, with neither having enough "umph" to keep me interested. I stuck with it until the middle of part 3, sure that it would get better, but, just more of the same.
Why I listened as long as I did is my fault!! I should have thrown in the towel on the first download and saved myself a lot of aggravation. There are so many characters in this book and such a long span of time that it became nearly impossible to keep track of the details. And the details I did retain we meaningless. There little of any emotion in this book - a little misery, a little self-satisfaction but very little else. None of the characters stood out from the others. This is a long, dreary, dull book.
What can I say? It seemed long at times, but I enjoyed thoroughly many of the time periods. Others have spoken of the sounds from the narrator, which could be distracting. There's nothing quite like an Edward Rutherfurd book to give you a window into a different time period.
I loved New York by Rutherfurd and this book fell well short of that for me. Perhaps it's because as an American I identified more with New York and had a deeper interest in the history. However, I do think this was a harder "read" in that the story spans such a long time and so many families and characters. It's still a very interesting book that shed light on a lot of England's long and fascinating history for me. You may want to have another book that you listen to, as I did, during this one so that you can step back and take a breather.
Not recommended reading for entertainment. Not bad if you want a history lesson - 30 hours on the history of one city in England. No charactor developement. McCaddon may do better with some material to work with.
The book, yes. The recording, no. The story skipped backwards and forwards so many times that I simply couldn't keep track of the story line nor the characters. It seemed that as soon as I became comfortable with the story and began to make the connections between the characters and the generations, the recording would jump backwards. After multiple attempts to ride it out and rising frustration, I simply stopped caring.
I am a voracious Audible listener and this is the first (and hopefully last) time I have encountered these issues.
If you liked centennial by michener or pillars of the earth by follett, this book will not disappoint.
The first half of the book, up till the end of rome was more like what i enjoy about this kind of book. epic and uncomplicated. after the fall of rome, things get much more political and i sometimes found it hard to follow. but that's just me, don't be discouraged it was not that complicated a book. just maybe a bit overlong, which led to my attention drifting and as a result of my own distraction, i missed some bits.
warning; this author is of the sort who likes to invent words; like, ''toleration'' rather than tolerance. this sort of thing makes me wince when i hear it. but altogethjer a fine book.
i,m gonna take a break, and will likely buy another from rutherfurd after i have recovered from listening to this one.
Well, I love all the audiobooks I've listened to - if I don't, I just return it using Audible.com's amazingly generous return policy. But this is my second book by Mr. Rutherford (first being about New York) and I love his writing and detail. Yes, some of the vignettes start and are not followed through to completion, but this is not a collection of short stories. It's historical fiction and the fact that he drops off in one year and picks up a century or two later is part of the fun to me. I especially love the way that he continues the thread of a few families through history and inserts little events that casually draw you back to the ancestors of the family.One of the odd pleasures, to me, of listening to a book that is rich with a lot of detail, like Sarum, is that I am prevented from paging back and trying to re-learn every detail of that person. I don't know about you, but I guess I'm OCDC enough that I can't quit looking back and forth in a written book because I have to visualize the whole history and don't want to "miss" a detail - which makes it take about twice as long for me to get through a long history. With the spoken word, I just listen carefully and back up a minute or two if I get distracted while I'm listening. Missing tiny details doesn't bother me so much because I'm soon engrossed in the current section and they become inconsequential.On the whole, I would highly recommend this book (especially Wanda McCaddon, who has her own section below).
New York: The Novel (also by Edward Rutherfurd)
Can't imagine a better reader - she was just wonderful.
Well, it would be impossible for me, but it is definitely hard to quit listening.
If you think you just don't like history, give one of Edward Rutherfurd's books a try. I intend to listen to more books by him and also more read by Ms. McFaddon.
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