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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.

Critic Reviews

“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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entertaining and educational

Very long, detailed historical fiction, brought fully to life by wonderful reading! Accents, character mannerisms, male vs female voices, old vs young, all quite believable,

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a superb read

Rutherford is a superb writer who communicates history in an engaging manner well suited to both history experts and novices alike.

I highly recommend this novel, as well as Ruska.

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Wonderful

A wonderful combination of history and fiction writing. I throughly enjoyed every moment.
The author, Edward Rutherfurd did an outstanding job with the enormous volume of British history while combining characters that captured each time period to flesh out and make human the occurrences in the timeline. As the author explained, there are historical changes made for the story's sake, so this is a novel that gives you the essence of the times and happenings and not a dry exact historical reference. Read, listen and enjoy the ride for pleasure. Wanda McCaddon is one of my favourite narrators, so thank you!

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It goes on and on - and I like it.

Where does Sarum rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Sarum is in top 10

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I can't say I remember the ending well, it kind of blurred together with the vast story and many characters, often the same names through the ages and families. I might have dosed of though and might have to listen again.

What does Wanda McCaddon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Maybe not soothing but comfortable and believable.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Sarum: The story goes on

Any additional comments?

A long novel and a good one - plenty for your money.

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Great Read Recommended

Loved it. Narrator really good. Definitely worth purchasing. Work drive travel sped by really quickly

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As always, absorbing, entertaining., informative

I enjoyed this as I have London and Paris. I gave the story 4 stars instead of 5 because I felt that the continuity between generations was better in these latter two, especially Paris. I intend to read all of the works by this author.

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  • Jodie
  • Middletown, NY, United States
  • 05-29-17

It was okay - but not enthralling

I loved Rutherford's New York so I was excited to start listening to Sarum, but it was not the same. I found myself thinking it might be because I am familiar with the history of New York, so I was able to follow it easily. The names of the characters in Sarum, along with the places in the book, are names that I am unfamiliar with and it got very confusing. It was not a bad book, but it was not a book that I couldn't wait to get to everyday. Perhaps if you are from England, you will feel about it as I did about New York.

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Great historical novel!

Great narrative and contains a lot of history. I listened just prior to my first trip to the UK. It really opened my eyes to some new facts. Understanding that this was not the intent of the author, it would have been nice to have a little more character expansion.

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Dry

I've read other books by the author, first time listening to one and I don't think I'll listen to any others. The story was dry and actually stopped paying attention in several areas.

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  • Mike
  • United States
  • 01-02-17

I really wish they would have picked a different narrator

I've downloaded over 30 books and this is by far the worst in terms of narration. Her voice becomes very grating and I can't listen for more than 30-40 minutes in a sitting, before wanting to throw my headphones against the wall. It's probably a great read, but I can't tolerate her voice.