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Sarum Audiobook
Sarum
Written by: 
Edward Rutherfurd
Narrated by: 
Wanda McCaddon
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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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    Evelyn Starr 06-11-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Clever book"

    I really liked the author's execution of this book. It was well planned and I loved getting to know so many generations of the same families.

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    Janne 02-02-15
    Janne 02-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Like watching paint dry"
    Would you try another book from Edward Rutherfurd and/or Wanda McCaddon?

    No - absolutely not.
    The stops and starts in her narration made me think that the story had stopped.


    Has Sarum turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I enjoy good historical fiction. This just wasn't one of them.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    There is such a gap from when she stops a sentence to starting another that several times I thought that the book had stopped playing. There are also several times when her voice changes that you can tell that she started recording on another day.
    There was a mention by another reviewer that she narrated in an old fashioned way. Not sure what that means. Her voice was fine.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Absolute boredom - and yes, I did listen to the whole thing. It was completely impossible for me to care about any of the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book if you need something to fall asleep to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    RDCaswell Wilton NH 01-30-15
    RDCaswell Wilton NH 01-30-15 Member Since 2008

    Bohemian Yankee

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    "Long series of stories with no particular plot"

    43 hours of vignettes about people from the same common place with the same group of last names. Yawn.

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    Gail 12-07-14
    Gail 12-07-14
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    "Awkward to follow but worth the effort."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sarum to be better than the print version?

    Loaded! I had some difficulty with this title. It's loaded with details and plots lines. I found myself going back chapters to get my bearings and listen again to plot threads. However, I stilled struggled through it and must say I enjoyed it.

    So much so I moved on to Paris, after having read Sarum I hoped I was familiar with the author's format, character and plot development and might be able to follow things a bit better.

    I say more on that books review.

    Advice, stick with it.


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

    With the explanation that it's a challenge to follow and not an especially easy read but a very good one.


    Have you listened to any of Wanda McCaddon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


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    BecSue 11-13-14
    BecSue 11-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Couldn't finish this rambling book"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone who is reading it only for the historical value.


    What could Edward Rutherfurd have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


    What three words best describe Wanda McCaddon’s voice?

    Clear, concise and as disinterested as I was.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Restlessness


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Billie P. Sessions 04-30-14
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    "Hoping for more . . ."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Edward Rutherfurd again?

    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.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    It was okay. About right I guess. But . . . wow - what a looooooooong recording session. This guy deserves a longevity award!


    Did Sarum inspire you to do anything?

    Ha! It has not taken away my desire for a long trip to Great Britain!


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    Cindy 04-24-14
    Cindy 04-24-14
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    "couldn't finish it."

    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.

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    Joange Rice, VA, United States 04-21-14
    Joange Rice, VA, United States 04-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Had to quit on the 4th download"

    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.

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    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 12-19-13
    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 12-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Best way to learn about history"

    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.

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    Scott Philadelphia, PA, United States 09-24-13
    Scott Philadelphia, PA, United States 09-24-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Long and slow in parts but worth the listen..."

    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.

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