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)
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!
Return the audiobook.
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.
First let me say that I'm a big fan of Edward Rutherford. I'm looking forward to other books of his, but with this one he tries to cover way too much time. The brilliance of his work comes from being able to follow one family or one group of families through several generations. You get a great sense of history happening all around. And you care about the characters because you just heard about their grandparents and all the stuff they went through 50 years before, but with Sarum there is really none of that because instead of skipping a generation or two you're skipping hundreds or even thousands of years (they book starts at like 10,000 bc). I still have like 23 hours left of this book and I think I'll get through it, but it will be a chore. I'm just not emotionally involved in this story because I haven't been invested in the families or the characters. Bummer. Try a different one instead- Paris or New York for sure.
I couldn't say.
It's unlikely. I wouldn't want to risk wasting another credit.
Character development. Most of the book was really like a series of short stories. After meandering through boring, often speculative historical background, the story would start to become somewhat interesting; then the chapter would end and the story would skip ahead hundreds or even thousands of years, obviously with a completely different cast of characters. The only thing linking the different chapters / time periods is that the new characters were descendants of those in the previous chapters. As lengthy as each chapter was, none of the characters were developed to the point that I cared about them one way or the other. This is probably for the best because the reader is usually left hanging at the end of each time period as though the story is arbitrarily cut off at any point in time.
For what it was, I suppose the book was fairly well written. It was just so boring I often found myself having to rewind to pick up where I zoned out, only to discover that I really didn't miss anything of interest.
I usually enjoy long, multigenerational sagas but this one was just too much to endure. I finally gave up.
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