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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,628 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Galsworthy Narrator: Peter Joyce Publisher: Assembled Stories Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 2/2/2014

    " Amazing! Once I adjusted to the 19th century prose I was immersed into the story. It's a sad, poignant, beautiful love story that spans generations. A detailed look into the middle class of the turn of the century England. Manners of thinking were deeply explored opening to me a new understanding of what it was like to live during that time period. One of the main characters which by today's standards would probably be frowned upon actually spoke to my heart. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in Victorian England. A beautiful masterpiece. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ursula | 1/21/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 AKbooks | 1/16/2014

    " Three and a half stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liesel | 1/14/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abigail | 12/14/2013

    " Unapologetically grandiose, but I don't mind. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 12/11/2013

    " Didn't make it through this. I never got fully engaged. But I can heartily recommend the BBC mini series. It was very compelling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 11/23/2013

    " This book took a long time to read because it was pretty dense. The story did get better at the end, but I can't say I really enjoyed it. I hope the mini-series is better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yana | 11/21/2013

    " I was meaning to read this book for a very long time, at least 10 years. Finally, I'm done. A great book. Really appealed to me for a number of reasons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mackenzie Brooks | 7/31/2013

    " Beautiful. Though I think the movie did a better job with the end of Soames and Irene's relationship. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bonnie Carruth | 5/4/2013

    " I ended up disliking everyone in the books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M | 12/13/2012

    " Kind of an exquisite, savory sort of read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Damaris | 12/3/2012

    " This is one of my all time favorites. I read and re-read it so many times, I lost count. I read Russian translation first, and just a few years ago I read the original. Doesn't matter how many times I read about the Forsytes, I find something new in this wonderful book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stefan | 11/21/2012

    " One of my all-time favorite classics. Really great incisive look at upper middle class life/mores and the motivations people bring to their personal relationships. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine | 8/26/2012

    " I wanted to read this because the commercials for the new BBC movie looked so good. But I found it hard to get into and didn't bother reading the next book in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 3/12/2012

    " I read this after seeing the original BBC production. I never expected to love the book so much but I actually went on to read other books by Galsworthy as well, just to keep the atmosphere around a bit longer. Of course, I was in high school so perhaps that had something to do with it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 5/3/2011

    " 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 Jack Goodstein | 2/13/2011

    " 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. "

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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

Peter Joyce trained at Rose Bruford College and won the Radio Prize. There followed a catalog of repertory work throughout the United Kingdom including two years at the prestigious Victoria Theatre, Stoke on Trent. His credits include appearances with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the West End and he is currently the director of two companies: Assembled Stories, which records classic literature onto CD, and Past Present Science, for which he travels the world performing his one man shows about Galileo and Newton.