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4.31 out of 54.31 out of 54.31 out of 54.31 out of 54.31 out of 5 4.31 (29 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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In this, the second volume of the Saga to be released in an unabridged recording by Assembled Stories, Soames' house continues to be built as his marriage disintegrates. Is Irene having an affair? Certainly her relationship with the architect Bosinney is causing ructions in the family.

While attempting reconciliation with his son, Old Jolyon, spurred by June's suffering as she feels herself losing her lover, sends Young Jolyon to sound the man's intentions. In this meeting Young Jolyon reveals the essence of the Forsytes and warns Bosinney about the nature of the class he is defying: 'A Forsyte is a man who is decidedly more than less a slave of property. He knows a good thing, he knows a safe thing, and his grip on property - it doesn't matter whether it be wives, houses, money, or reputation - is his hallmark ..... they are the middle men, the commercials, the pillars of society, the cornerstones of convention; everything that is admirable.'

Will the young man heed the warning or continue to cause more anguish within the family - and, much worse, scandal amongst its peers

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 2/18/2014

    " The TV series in the early sixties, when we had only one channel rather than one million of them, was compulsive viewing, and even Eton public school suspended all other activities so the masters and boys could watch it. They were probably all in love, as I was, with Irene, played by Nyree Dawn Porter, who died a few years ago. Her loveless marriage to the dastardly Soames Forsythe, the eponymous Man of Property of the first novel in the series, was the main centre of attention. Curiously, people I meet, when I mention it, mainly recall the sumptuous colours of the costumes, though it was made in black and white. Also, when I was reading Court of the Red Tsar I was amazed to find that all the members of the Politburo - who were all avid readers and constnatly trying to educate themselves in their free time - voted it their favourite book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marnie | 2/18/2014

    " I LOVE this book. It's over 900 pages, and far from being bored, I never wanted it to end. All of the characters were incredibly three-dimensional, and I cared about all of them. I'm going to be on the lookout for more Galsworthy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yana | 2/17/2014

    " 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 Krisette Spangler | 2/4/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexandra Monir | 2/3/2014

    " I'm a little obsessed with the Forsyte Saga - especially the 2002 BBC miniseries, which brings the Forsytes and their drama to life so beautifully. Set in Victorian-era London, the book is filled with high-society family drama and star-crossed lovers. I preferred the 2002 miniseries to the book, only because the book is a lot darker, with the characters less likable. But either way, John Galsworthy crafted a brilliant story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 2/3/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alanna | 1/27/2014

    " I loved Galsworthy's description of this old Victorian family. His characters were entirely believable and the plot kept me reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather steff | 1/14/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl S. | 11/10/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 10/18/2013

    " I loved it! Like a wonderful turn of the century soap opera, but with history and wisdom and humor and wonderful characters and great social commentary. Glad I never saw the movie or TV versions, but I might want to now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lara | 9/18/2013

    " This is one that I've picked up and put down so many times over the past few months. It's moving rather slowly and I'm having a hard time sticking with it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 8/17/2013

    " I can't believe I went so long without reading this saga. It is brilliant in so many ways, and expounds on the mindsets and trends of my favorite time period with a clarity I haven't seen anywhere else. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 6/11/2013

    " This is a great family saga, beautifully written.Highly recommended for anyone who likes to live in a book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyla | 3/26/2013

    " if you want family drama this is it! very well written and enthralling, i thought. read it in about two days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 3/16/2013

    " The PBS mini series was a wonderful adaptation... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 3/15/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth LaPrelle | 10/13/2012

    " Covers several generations and does not rush through it--but if the manner and the prams and the morning-gloves don't bother you, your patience will be rewarded. Oh, and apparently this guy pioneered something about The Novel? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fiona | 4/18/2012

    " An epic saga beautifully written. Galsworthy is much under-rated nowadays, perhaps because this was serialised and therefore to an extent cheapened in the process. I hadn't seen the tv series so read it without any preconceptions. It's a terrific read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ANGELA | 2/14/2012

    " Love it!!! Another family saga! Interesting characters!!! So delish w detail!!! "

  • 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.