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The Forsyte Saga, Volume 1 Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample The Forsyte Saga, Volume 1 (Unabridged), by John Galsworthy
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A compelling drama and a merciless scrutiny of a newly monied upper-middle-class family at the turn of the 20th century, The Forsyte Saga has a sumptuous range of characters:Soames, he of the 'perpetual sniff'; Old Jolyon, 'typifying the essential individualism born in the Briton'; the sensuous Bosinney with 'an air as if he did not quite know on which side his bread was buttered'; Young Jolyon, the free thinker; and, of course, the sexually alluring and impenetrable Irene, catalyst for much dissension within the clan.

The Forsytes believe they will live forever, but the unrelenting, imperturbable façade slowly begins to crumble as Aunt Ann, the oldest Forsyte ever, is interred in the family tomb at the end of this first volume.

The author makes his presence and opinion felt with beautifully subtle pinpricks of wit, which leave one in no doubt what he thought of the accumulation of wealth and property, which typified the materialistic Victorian psyche, at the expense of sensitivity and freedom. As in The Dark Flower (also published by Assembled Stories), Galsworthy demonstrates a fundamental understanding of hidden sexual currents and their ability to change our destinies.

If you have enjoyed The Forsyte Saga on television in the past, you will be familiar with this engrossing story; if not, prepare to be completely captivated and engaged by one of the best tales ever told.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Roseanne Winn | 2/15/2014

    " The Victorians themselves (Dickens being the best example) are too sentimental for me. So if I want to read something set in that era, a better bet is a writer like Galsworthy, who is looking back at the Victorians without the mawkish, sentimental style they used. In its place is a nostalgia that is much more charming. This is the only decent Galsworthy that I know of, his later writing is not particularly interesting, and even this has some shortcomings - for example, he dotes on the female main character, Irene, which keeps her from becoming a fully realized character. But a great read that I have enjoyed several times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Ayu Palar | 2/14/2014

    " The book is super thick I still do not understand how I could finish the book quickly. There's only one reason. It is good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Mary Ann | 2/10/2014

    " I know this book is supposed to be a classic, but I just had such a hard time connecting to any of the characters. Somehow, I never felt that I really actually knew what any of the characters were feeling, what they were like outside of their actions and appearance. I want to be able to sympathize with at least one character, but they felt like stick figures to me. Even the "good guys" - old Jolyon, young Jolyon, June, and to some extent, Irene - who I guess the author wanted us to "root for", the readers never quite got into enough of the inner workings of their heart and soul. Soames, of course, the main character, we got to know, but even he was a flat character, why was he so cold and possesive, what made him so clueless about the heart of a woman? Glad I read it, certainly an expose on the upper middle classes in the late Victorian and Edwardian era in Great Britain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Michelle | 2/4/2014

    " I just read the first part of the saga, "The Man of Property," while on my trip, but I've read the whole thing several times before. This was my favorite book in high school, and I still love to reread it. It's a sentimental portrayal of late-Victorian English people, but ironically aware of its own sentimentality. The characters, if not the context, are nuanced and very real. They remind me of my own extended family. Plus the plot is a classic - an unhappy marriage and changing social mores wreak havoc in a traditionally-minded family. "

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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.