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Swan Song Audiobook

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Read By: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Forsyte Saga Release Date: January 2006 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781483086620

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Longest Chapter Length:

25:45 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

07:23 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

15:03 minutes

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Publisher Description

Swan Song is the conclusion of the second trilogy in the Forsyte Chronicles, which is called A Modern Comedy. John Galsworthy's epic story of the moneyed Forsyte family is a fascinating study of the British propertied class during the decline of the Victorian age.

The "man of property," Soames Forsyte, has mellowed with the passing of the years until, in his old age, he is a patient and benign figure, guarding with especial tenderness the welfare of his daughter, Fleur. But all his watchfulness and devotion are powerless to avert tragedy when Fleur revives her old love affair with Jon Forsyte on Jon's return to England with his American wife.

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"Such an exciting denouement! This is the third book in the second Forsyte trilogy. One trilogy to go. "

— Laurele (4 out of 5 stars)


  • “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
  • “No one can approach it without realizing that it marks the completion of a fine noble work.”

    — Spectator
  • “Swan Song is one of the finest and most versatile of the author’s books; gripping both as a tale and as a reflection of our times.”

    — Leon Schalit, John Galsworthy: A Survey
  • “[Galsworthy’s] work at its best demonstrated a remarkable capacity to reach others, to suggest to them that it is also their own saga.”

    — James Gindin, literary critic

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About 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 Frederick Davidson

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.