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4.26 out of 54.26 out of 54.26 out of 54.26 out of 54.26 out of 5 4.26 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Galsworthy Narrator: Dirk Bogarde, Sir Michael Hordern, Diana Quick, Michael Williams, Amanda Redman Publisher: AudioGO Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN:
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The blockbuster BBC Radio 4 adaptation of John Galsworthy's classic family drama, featuring a star cast including Dirk Bogarde, Sir Michael Hordern, Diana Quick, Michael Williams, and Amanda Redman.

Galsworthy's epic story chronicles the decline and fall of the Forsytes through almost 50 years of material triumph, emotional disaster, and a terrible feud that splits them asunder. Beginning in 1886, The Man of Property starts with the family wealthy, successful, and united.

But the actions of the arrogant Soames Forsyte and his beautiful wife Irene are to have disastrous consequences. In Chancery has marital discord as its theme, as various members of the family find themselves dealing with domestic dramas, affairs and divorce. To Letsees the second generation experiencing both the pain and the promise of love, as the sins of the father are visited on the Forsyte children.

With an all-star cast of over 30 experienced actors, and enacted over the course of 23 episodes, this thrilling tale of sex, power, and money will enthral you from beginning to end.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 2/16/2014

    " It took me almost 3 months to finish this. It was not because I didn't like it but because life was crazy at the time! I could put the book down for a few days and not feel lost when I picked it up again. What an epic story! I had seen the BBC production first so I was worried it would spoil my reading of the book. Rarely does a book make you feel sympathy for all its characters. Although each character acted distastefully at times, you could understand why he or she did and feel compassion for them. Irene should never have married Soames knowing she could never love him. And yet you could understand that she was pressured to marry him due to financial concerns. Soames was such an uptight, humorless person and yet you could feel his frustration that he couldn't get Irene to love him. In the bigger picture, you could see the older members of the Forsyte family reacting to changes in the younger generation and thus adapting to life in a new century. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 2/11/2014

    " As the World Turns set in turn-of-the-(last)-century Britain. Delicious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack Goodstein | 2/6/2014

    " Galsworthy's trilogy portrays the social and cultural changes rocking Britain from the 19th to the 20th century. Soames Forsyte is a brilliant character blinded by his inherited values to any true feeling, beyond getting what he wants, and in the end he is left with nothing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ursula | 1/17/2014

    " I would not read this book again but I can't say that there is anything innately wrong with the book. The plot was intriguing and the character development was good. What it came down to was that I was just not that interested. If I had the choice between reading The Forsyte Saga or reading another book, I read the other book. In the end, I skipped read the majority of the Forsyte Saga so I could finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane Pen | 1/4/2014

    " Soames! Such a nasty piece of work and played brilliantly by Damien Lewis (Homeland) in the bbc adaptation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krisette Spangler | 12/31/2013

    " Galsworthy is a great writer, and I can see why he won the Noble prize for his work on this book. The book follows the story of the Forsyte family through three generations during the Victorian era. It was not a happy story, but I found it intriguing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl S. | 12/30/2013

    " I'd like to give this book 3 1/2 stars if possible. I wasn't anticipating liking it as much as I did. Though long, it kept me engaged and entertained. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 12/7/2013

    " I've read this over and over. I have a soft spot for Soames. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank Kelly | 11/22/2013

    " One of the most absorbing reads ever and Galsworthy, whom I knew only as a dramatist, writes with remarkable beauty and insight. Soames and Irene in particular are unforgettable creations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jossalyn | 11/19/2013

    " read because I loved the Masterpiece Theater adaptation "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Morgan | 11/9/2013

    " Loved this book because it explained my history, and thus explained myself to some degree, but mainly I liked the way it progressed through time from youth to old age, a journey that we all take if we are lucky enough. Also wonderful narrative style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn Hambly | 1/27/2013

    " One of my favorites, and the mini-series fully does the book justice. Damian Lewis is creepily great as Soames. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liesel | 1/12/2013

    " I did like the Masterpiece production better than the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andelyne | 11/28/2011

    " There was one chapter in the book that was amazing and made it all worth while for me. I have only finished the first book of the three. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cendri | 10/19/2011

    " Well-observed novel of English life from the late 1800's to early 1900's. John Galsworthy won the Nobel prize on the strength of this set of novels, and it is easy to see why. The characters are complex, likable and dislikable, and there struggles are all sympathetic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 9/6/2011

    " The knock on Galsworthy is that he wrote old-fashioned novels while Joyce and Woolf were doing exciting new things. And it's true. But sometimes outdated novels are still enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather steff | 6/20/2011

    " long read, worth it. About the higher class of english life at the end of the 1800's. Read the book and then watch the PBS miniseries. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sylvia | 5/14/2011

    " Excellent book.I would read it again if I did not have so many, many other books I want to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne | 5/10/2011

    " This is a wonderfully written book. It is a joy to read a well crafted sentence. The characters really come alive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire | 5/5/2011

    " This book and all subsequently sequels has been on my to read list forever. I sometimes feel it is my Everest. It will give me something to do in retirement. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Flora | 4/3/2011

    " At the intersection of Dickens and Joyce, there's Galsworthy. Why he's so underrated is beyond me. His writing is sublime, his characters complex, their dilemmas intractable. The interlude, "Indian Summer of a Forsyte," is one of the most touching pieces of short fiction I've ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kama | 3/3/2011

    " I loved this "saga" -- several books rolled into one, all about a family in Victorian England as the 20th century approaches. The characters of Soames, Irene, Jolyon, and all the rest were very compelling. Warning: this is a very long read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 2/25/2011

    " So I'm reading "Back to the Best Books: How the Classics Can Change Your Life", and this is one of the books it recommends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ice | 2/25/2011

    " Enjoyed both TV series and the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arabella | 1/7/2011

    " Very much enjoyed this, particularly the perspective of how family skeletons have power to affect future generations. Also interesting views of the rapid changes to society and individuals in the last half of the 19th century/beginning of the 20th. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eskae | 12/21/2010

    " Amazingly interesting characters, the ups and downs of the storyline make it hard to put down. I highly recommend reading this series in order. You become very attached to the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 12/21/2010

    " As the World Turns set in turn-of-the-(last)-century Britain. Delicious. "

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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.