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3.83055555555556 out of 53.83055555555556 out of 53.83055555555556 out of 53.83055555555556 out of 53.83055555555556 out of 5 3.83 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edward Rutherfurd Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN: 9781455171163
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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. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A richly imagined vision of history, written with genuine delight.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Bursts with action, encyclopedic in historic detail…Supremely well crafted and a delight to read.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “[Wanda McCaddon] 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

  • “Rutherfurd has told the story of the land he was born in and has told it well...Highly recommended.” 

    Library Journal

  • “Rutherford holds us all consistently intrigued. In Sarum, he has created a splendid novel that will bring many hours of diversified reading pleasure.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “Mammoth, sweeping (7500 BC to World War II) story of the English city of Salisbury, its environs and its people, told through the experiences of five rival families. From the ice-age to the present day, Rutherford’s scope is vast. Both historical novel and adventure epic, this is a work of universal appeal.”

    Kirkus UK 

Listener Opinions

  • 0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 neil | 5/7/2017

    " This book starts well and engages the reader but soon becomes rambling and the reader just connects with a character and the book jumps to another time and place. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sherry | 2/10/2014

    " This took me forever to read. I finally made myself read it in 15 minute increments during DEAR at school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea | 2/4/2014

    " An epic in the truest sense of the word. Rutherford tells the story of the place we know as Stonehenge over the course of thousands of years. A fantastic look at a variety of historical times, with a wide array of characters, and a sense of reality through out - after all, as far as we know, this is how it could have happened. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 2/4/2014

    " One of the best books I have ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jay | 1/29/2014

    " most importantly, it lead to my reading Leon Uris' "Trinity" - one of my favorite reads of all time "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tania | 1/22/2014

    " I have always wanted to read this one ... yay, today is the day I start. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron Moats | 1/19/2014

    " Anything by Rutherford is worth the time and energy and Sarum is no exception. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz Strillacci | 1/15/2014

    " Loved, loved this book. Big, thick read on the history of England, but well worth the time. Fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick | 1/14/2014

    " Vivid historical novel about early England. Good, but not great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mel | 1/1/2014

    " Centuries of English history embodied in the tale of five families. Not quite as good as Michener's The Source, but in the same vein, and quite good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brianne | 12/27/2013

    " Loved this book. Thought it was super interesting, and the writing was excellent. I liked how the families were connected through thousands of years. You really got connected to the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig | 12/22/2013

    " One of the greatest books I have ever read. Historical fiction account of England and particularly of the Salisbury Cathedral and surrounds. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Viviane Crystal | 12/16/2013

    " I'm enjoying this book tremendous. Rutherford is a wonderful story-teller. Captivating characters with an excellent historical background. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie Shew | 8/27/2013

    " Sarum was my first introduction to Edward Rutherfurd and I fell in love with his complex interconnected narrative with follows the Salisbury from arrival of two primitive people to modern era. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 7/15/2013

    " SO far so good...interesting concept and well written story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roger | 7/4/2013

    " Great historical read about early Britain "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara Trail | 3/10/2013

    " I just watched part of Michael Wood's Story of England on PBS and it reminded me of how much I loved this book. I think it's time for a re-read, but I'll need a clear block of time, because the last time I read it I found it hard to put down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 untogether | 2/12/2013

    " SARUM THE NOVEL OF ENGLAND by Edward Rutherfurd (1987) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael scoble | 9/15/2012

    " I thought this is Edward Rutherfurd's best.Though all of his works are splendid,SARUM covers the greatest time span.It covers geological changes,political and social changes,architectural changes.Beginning some 10,000 years ago to the present.Great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelli | 7/21/2012

    " An interesting overview of the history of England/Great Britain through historical fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Graham Botha | 7/6/2012

    " A thoroughly comprehensive historical Nobel about Stonehenge and Salisbury that looks at history through the eyes of local inhabitants while placing them in the context of famous contemporary historical figures and events. Informative and educational, but lengthy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lake Lady | 7/5/2012

    " read a long time ago. great way to learn a bit of history and be entertained at the same time "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karyn | 11/19/2011

    " Long, but fascinating. I read this before going on our trip to England. I like having a bit of background to Salisbury where we were visiting. It took me some time to get through, but I am glad I endured! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 11/10/2011

    " I did not finish this book. It wasn't terrible; it wasn't great. Much like the historical novels of J Michener, when the story nears the present, I lose interest. That's what happened here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suebee | 11/2/2011

    " Just too long and not that exciting "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 10/21/2011

    " awesome! great historical fiction about when the first people arrived in the UK through the thousands of years through the roman occupation/medieval etc right through to the present. Loving it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Johann | 10/13/2011

    " Its been 20 years in reading - and now only 20 pages left! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Janet | 9/24/2011

    " one book I couldn't get into or finish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 9/21/2011

    " This is my "go to" book. Every few years, I just have to read it again :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 9/2/2011

    " read it a long time ago, really liked it, went on to read several of his others & tired of the style "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph | 8/17/2011

    " Remarkable! Epic! One of the best historical fiction novels I have ever read. 5 stars! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raina | 8/16/2011

    " Lots of interesting history, but none of the characters grabbed me and held on. The characters seemed shallow and it seemed like they existed just to further the plot, but they didn't have a life of their own. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 8/14/2011

    " A fabulous epic historical novel covering 5,000 years in what is now England. Rutherford is my person hero. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 8/13/2011

    " I love how he traces families through the generations from the beginning of civilization to present day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 8/8/2011

    " read this book on our trip to Arizona in 1995 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 8/2/2011

    " I thought it was a great book! "

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About the Author
Author Edward Rutherfurd

Edward Rutherfurd is one of the most renowned writers of historical fiction. He was born in Salisbury, England, christened in Salisbury Cathedral, and spent his early childhood in Salisbury Close. He was educated at Cambridge University and Stanford University in California. He has written several bestselling books, including Sarum, Russka, and London.

About the Narrator

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.