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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (227 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Galsworthy Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Forsyte Saga Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538463598
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John Galsworthy’s epic Forsyte Saga follows the fortunes of the venerable Forsyte family, a moneyed clan whose values are ever at war with its passions. In Chancery, the second novel in the trilogy, follows the events of A Man of Property.

After suffering the death of her lover and abuse from her husband, Soames, Irene Forsyte finally leaves her marriage for good. Though socially disgraced by her affair, she forms a bond with Old Jolyon, a father of the Forsyte clan who had grown distant from the family after reconciling with one of his outcast sons. The young Jolyon had been disinherited after divorcing his wife to marry a penniless foreign governess.

Now, with the death of both his beloved wife and his father, the younger Jolyon finds himself drawn in sympathy to Irene, so dear to Old Jolyon in his final days. Their shared troubles blossom into a romance, to the horror of Soames Forsyte.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A social satire of epic proportions and one that does not suffer by comparison with Thackeray’s Vanity Fair…the whole comedy of manners, convincing both in its fidelity to life and as a work of art.”

    New York Times

  • “Galsworthy has produced some of his best and most memorable pages…To reread these episodes slowly and watchfully is to gain a very high notion of the art that wrought them. It is both rich and austere. The stuff is magnificent; the arrangement is severe—noble draperies falling in few, simple, inevitable folds.”

    Nation, Vol. 112

  • “A somber, compelling story equal to anything Galsworthy has yet produced.”

    Los Angeles School Journal, Vol. 4

  • “A book of extraordinary interest. It is a faithful picture of Victorianism on its deathbed. In showing us the preceding war and the preceding generation it shows u our own with sinister clearness. The canvas is large and crowded, and we feel that, at last, Mr. Galsworthy has a task that is worthy of his powers. For the ease and mastery of narration and the effortless beauty and distinction of style, no praise can be too high.”

    Bookman, Vol. 59

  • “Galsworthy, as always, is the master of a smooth and colorful style. His technic in managing his large cast is admirable, and interest in his wide-range story seldom flags.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 7/26/2013

    " Yes, the saga continues. Galsworthy could really write, and it's funny, sad, and classy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 6/22/2013

    " Another excellent installment in the Forsyte saga. It reads like a Victorian novel, written about people going through the increasing modernization of Britain. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Reddy Katz | 5/27/2013

    " much preferred the tv series - what a glum lot of buggers ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joni | 4/21/2013

    " an interesting examination of early English divorce laws and the lack of equal rights for women in general. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurele | 11/20/2012

    " The second book in The Forsyte Saga is, if possible, even better than the first (A Man of Property). These people are so human! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 4/11/2012

    " A magnificent portrait of Old England and the Victorian age seen through the eyes of Soames, Irene and Young Jolyon, perfectly painted with Galsworthy's inimitable style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean Kelly | 3/31/2012

    " Delightful 2nd volume of the saga - terrific portrait of British society around the time of the Boer War. Fun to see the generations grow and tell their own tales. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rapnouil | 1/16/2011

    " A magnificent portrait of Old England and the Victorian age seen through the eyes of Soames, Irene and Young Jolyon, perfectly painted with Galsworthy's inimitable style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurele | 12/30/2009

    " The second book in The Forsyte Saga is, if possible, even better than the first (A Man of Property). These people are so human! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 12/10/2009

    " It took me a while to get through this, but in the end it was well worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 4/9/2008

    " Another excellent installment in the Forsyte saga. It reads like a Victorian novel, written about people going through the increasing modernization of Britain. "

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About the Author
Author John Galsworthy

John Galsworthy (1867–1933), English novelist and playwright, went to Oxford to study law but turned to literature after he met Joseph Conrad on a voyage. The Man of Property (1906), the first of the Forsyte Chronicles, established his reputation. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1932.

About the Narrator

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.