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Sarum Audiobook

Sarum: The Novel of England

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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    Holly Nevada County, CA USA 04-28-16
    Holly Nevada County, CA USA 04-28-16 Member Since 2014
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    "What I Expected"

    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.

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    Leah Mackey 04-28-16
    Leah Mackey 04-28-16
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    "it was good"

    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

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    Happy House San Bernardino, CA United States 04-20-16
    Happy House San Bernardino, CA United States 04-20-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Many rides in the car."

    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.

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    My Three Sons 04-06-16
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    "A collection of short stories in one setting"
    What made the experience of listening to Sarum the most enjoyable?

    I loved learning about the history of England and its relationship to other places in the world.


    Would you recommend Sarum to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would only recommend this to friends who are history buffs. There is no real character development here.


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    Julianne Bradford California 03-28-16
    Julianne Bradford California 03-28-16 Member Since 2010
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    "One of Rutherford's Best..great narration"

    Kept me interested throughout. Historical fiction at it's best with great storey line and narration

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    V. Short 01-27-16
    V. Short 01-27-16

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    "Could not get past the narration"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sarum?

    Cannot say - did not get far enough into the book.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Wanda McCaddon?

    I don't know names - but any of the narrators who presented his other books - New York, Ireland (both books,) Paris. They were great!


    Did Sarum inspire you to do anything?

    Return the audiobook.


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    Jane 12-08-15
    Jane 12-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Like a lot of fibre"

    This was very good info to chew over and learn from It was very well performed. But like too much fibre, it was quite heavy going in places.

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    ntcrain 10-07-15
    ntcrain 10-07-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent story and history lesson!"

    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!

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    Rozy 10-06-15
    Rozy 10-06-15
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    "Very interesting read!"

    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:)

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    Kathleen Ward Phoenix, AZ USA 09-26-15
    Kathleen Ward Phoenix, AZ USA 09-26-15 Member Since 2013

    kward

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    "Super Story"

    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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