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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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    KDM 07-21-17
    KDM 07-21-17 Member Since 2011

    KDM

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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for the story's sake, so this is a novel that gives you the essence of the times and happenings and not a dry exact historical reference.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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    Eggert Eggertsson Iceland 06-28-17
    Eggert Eggertsson Iceland 06-28-17 Member Since 2015

    Alternate history buff.

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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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    Julie 06-13-17
    Julie 06-13-17
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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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    fbp 06-13-17
    fbp 06-13-17 Member Since 2015
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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
    Jodie Middletown, NY, United States 05-29-17 Member Since 2014

    I have a rather eclectic love of books. I know what I like and I tend not to be a severe critic. If I enjoyed it, it gets 4 or 5 stars.

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    "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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    Amazon Customer McKinney, TX United States 05-11-17
    Amazon Customer McKinney, TX United States 05-11-17 Member Since 2016
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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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    eric 03-20-17
    eric 03-20-17 Member Since 2016
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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
    Mike United States 01-02-17 Member Since 2015
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    "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.

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    Amazon Customer 12-31-16 Member Since 2014
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    "limited historical accuracy"

    I don't know much about ancient English history, but it us pretty safe to say that pre-historical characters didn't subsist by harvesting corn. such an obvious inaccuracy puts the rest of it in doubt for me

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    Courtney Meistrell 11-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "ok , but not great"

    this book was not as great as his other books, Paris and New York. there were technical issues with the production, pauses , gaps and skips.

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