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Publisher's Summary

Captain Marryat's The Children of the New Forest is a wonderful tale in narrative, historically rich and quite fascinating. This story of adventure, treachery, and love takes place during the English Civil War, when fellow countrymen are found enemies and are set against each other, Roundhead and Cavalier, Parliament and the King. Many hoped for the same thing: justice. But, for a long time, neither could find it. In the midst of all were the Beverlies, the family of a faithful Cavalier, who died in service of the king. His four children were left orphaned when their mother died of grief. Then, word came to them that the Roundheads were going to burn down their estate, Arnwood. Fate sent them into the hands of an old forester, Jacob Armitage, and they escaped to his cottage. From there, the story unfolds. 

Captain Frederick Marryat (July 10, 1792 – August 9, 1848) was an English Royal Navy officer, novelist, and a contemporary and acquaintance of Charles Dickens, noted today as an early pioneer of the sea story. He is now known particularly for the semi-autobiographical novel Mr Midshipman Easy and his children's novel The Children of the New Forest, and for a widely used system of maritime flag signalling. From 1832 to 1835 Marryat edited The Metropolitan Magazine. He kept producing novels, with his biggest success, Mr Midshipman Easy, coming in 1836. He lived in Brussels for a year, travelled in Canada and the United States, then moved to London in 1839, where he was in the literary circle of Charles Dickens and others. He was in North America in 1837 when the Rebellion of that year in Lower Canada broke out, and served with the British forces in suppressing it. He was named a Fellow of the Royal Society in recognition of his invention and other achievements. In 1843 he moved to a small farm at Manor Cottage in Norfolk, where he died in 1848. 

His daughter Florence Marryat later became well-known as a writer and actress. His son Francis Samuel Marryat completed his late novel The Little Savage. Marryat's novels are characteristic of their time, with the concerns of family connections and social status often overshadowing the naval action, but they are interesting as fictional renditions of the author's 25 years of real-life experience at sea. These novels, much admired by Joseph Conrad and Ernest Hemingway, were among the first sea novels. They were models for later works by C. S. Forester and Patrick O'Brian that were also set in the time of Nelson and told the stories of young men rising through the ranks through successes as naval officers. His later novels were generally for the children's market, including his most famous novel for contemporary readers, The Children of the New Forest, which was published in 1847 and set in the countryside surrounding the village of Sway, Hampshire. 

©1847 Frederick Marryat (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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Plucky Kids in the English Civil War

This is a very pleasant story and a forerunner of many of the YA novels that have come since. (Some may like that the heroes and heroines are little gentleman and ladies; the same thing may drive other listeners crazy.)

The reading is very good, but there are a few faults in the production: about halfway through the book there are a number of places where lines are repeated.

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Interesting Light Historical Story

This was written as a book for children from a different era, so keep that mind. Nothing really terrible happens to the characters (during the story telling); however, they do face interesting challenges and choices. The narration is well done. I really like the historical perspective and setting of the story. Nothing too heavy and a nice break from the modern world. Enjoyed the listen!

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Such a lovely story!!

We adored this story so much, we listened to it as a family and many great discussions came out of the listening!

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Excellent narration

This was so pleasant, the narrator did such a nice job- easy to understand the characters and loved the varying voices! The story is absolutely wholesome, each chapter better than the last.

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Good clean fun!

A delightful adventurous tale! Well narrated, I enjoyed it immensely. Very family friendly! Highly recommended.

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fun historical fiction

vivid pleasant story about Cromwellian England and 4 Cavalier children orphaned. they were rescued in the nick of time before being burnt to death in the family Manse. well written.

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A Must-read

My kids love this book. It can be a slow start, but once it hooks you, there's no turning back. Great historical fiction.

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A classic

a children's classic that I never read as a child but am glad I did as it taught me a little about the English civil war.

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Surprise Classic!

A joy to read! Wonderful classic story. fun to follow the adventures and very informative historically.

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love

this was such a delight.after slowly listening to.the family oriented way this story kliws.as wonderful as it is.

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  • chloe
  • 03-14-16

love this story

beautifully wrote book, very detailed in the ways of the forest icant help but feeling hungry when they keep disucing freshly cut venison and farm vegetables when I was listening to this in the evening I should have made a game out of every time dinner was mentioned. would be great to have them skills to fend for your self and not rely on tescos for food

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  • beth
  • 12-11-17

Favourite

Have loved this book for a very long time, set in my favourite historical time

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  • Sally Gardiner
  • 03-06-22

Pure enjoyment

I always meant to read this as a child but somehow never did. Having seen this on the Audible list I thought it would be interesting to listen to it. I would have loved this book as a young girl and I loved it now. What a wonderful story of good triumphing over evil - and never more than now in early 2022 was this a good time to finally get acquainted with The Children of the New Forest. One of the very best children’s books ever written!

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  • Kinvara Vaughan
  • 05-10-20

The Children of the New Forest

This was an excellent audible version of this book, one of my favourites as a child.
I highly recommend this story.

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  • Michael
  • 04-30-22

very enjoyable

....An enchanting tale that catches your attention quickly before sneaking....would recommended for young and old

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  • Tomasz
  • 03-01-22

An almost perfect story

This story has almost everything: an interesting plot, a historical setting, valour, love and loyalty. However, the ending seemed rushed, was predictable and a bit anti-climatic. Nonetheless, I recommend it to people of all ages.

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  • ling sun
  • 01-22-22

So nice! Full of adventures and happiness!

So nice! Full of adventures and happiness! Positive attitudes have always been there when facing difficulties!

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  • JET
  • 09-26-21

Good

This was a good book and I would defiantly recommend this to people interested in the war war.

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  • Lucy Larner
  • 01-18-21

A wonderful story brilliantly narrated.

Barnaby Edwards does a fantastic job of assuming each character and bringing them to life in this heart warming tale.

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  • English Country Life
  • 07-22-15

Blessedly not PC

Would you consider the audio edition of The Children Of The New Forest to be better than the print version?

This book is well narrated and all the better for being written before the though police controlled children's stories. You can read it as an interesting historical perspective, but I suggest enjoying it as a tale. It is equally fine in printed form

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jacob Armitage has always been my favourite character in the book A true noble man, if no nobleman.

Did Barnaby Edwards do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Edwards narrates well and the characters are easily separated but the performance is a little wooden

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This is a pleasant late night read. A book at bedtime!

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  • Simon Bowler
  • 07-17-16

An old favourite revisited

I read this many years ago and a reacquainting of this classic story of the interregnum did not disappoint. The narration is excellent. A v good audiobook