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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (875 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Galsworthy Narrator: David Case Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2011 ISBN:
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John Galsworthy's epic Forsyte Saga follows the fortunes of the venerable Forsyte family, a moneyed clan whose passions are ever at war with its values. Galsworthy won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1932 for his distinguished art of narration, which takes its highest form in the Forsyte Saga.

The Man of Property, the first novel in the trilogy, introduces us to Soames Forsyte, a solicitor and prominent figure in his family. Accustomed to getting whatever he wants, he sets his sights with absolute determination on the beautiful Irene, in spite of her pennilessness and her indifference to him. Irene, a lover of art and beauty, eventually accepts his marriage proposal over a life of degraded poverty, but she swears to Soames that she will never be his property. When all his money fails to make up for the absence of love and Irene falls for a young architect, Soames resolves to force the obedience he could not buy.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 2/9/2014

    " It took a long time for me to get into this book, but, once I did, I read it constantly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea Carrijo | 1/26/2014

    " It was like reading a last century soap opera, but much better written. i loved it. i am debating now on renting the masterpiece theater TV series in order to see all the Forsytes in person... LOL! I had fun reading it, i think you will too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joni | 1/26/2014

    " wonderful, memorable characters. an excellent exploration in novel form on class, privilege, hypocrisy and societal morais. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Simon | 1/24/2014

    " As an English child of the sixties there were a number of sides to choose: Beatles or Stones? Mods or Rockers? Irene or Soames? Everyone in our street had a view. Feminists backed Irene, traditionalists (bigots) were for Soames. Men backed Soames, women, Irene. Men who had watched the BBc were for Irene because Nyree Dawn Porter reached heights of grace and beauty that slowed the blood, then quickened it. I was only 10 and didn't really know what they were talking about. I've just read the book and now at least I know why they were talking. Its a superb story and these two are probably the pick of a crop of memorable and acutely observed characters. The Forsytes are out of fashion. The recent TV adaptation failed to get anyone talking, and Galsworthy is often considered the wrong English writer to have won the Nobel prize. OK he wasn't a modernist; his style was very much going out of fashion, but he was bloody good at what he did. Its taken me a long time to get round to reading volume one. The rest will follow soon. Oh, and I can't decide. I'm a little in love with Irene, but Soames...what a character! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 1/5/2014

    " Not for me, maybe later but there just wasn't any saga in the first 6 out if 11 discs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 12/25/2013

    " I guess I read this many years ago, but I don't remember--I did just listen to an audio version, and it was totally great. Looking forward to the rest of the books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanne | 12/20/2013

    " My feelings about Soames and Irene are mixed, I began this book feeling sympathy for Soames. Gradually I've found myself switching allegiance to Irene, wonder how I'll feel at the end of the third book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 12/18/2013

    " A nice soap opera with (imo) rather tedious social commentary about "property" and criticism of Victorian values. I guess that's what makes this literature. The soap opera part is great, though. "

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

    " So far much more engaging and amusing than Powell...only 6 or 8 more to go... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melanie | 2/5/2013

    " I don't mind a slow book as long as the plot eventually develops and the characters are well developed. I feel like I still don't know or understand the main characters, especially Irene. The plot wandered too much without any point to the tangents. For me this was a boring book which I rarely say. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darryl | 9/25/2012

    " This book was pretty interesting and definitely well-written. It really sucks you into the characters. The story isn't what you would call compelling (sort of soap opera-esque), but somehow it's very engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurele | 5/16/2012

    " I so enjoy Galsworthy's wry, dry, elegant prose! This is the first book of the Forsyte Saga trilogy. I plan to complete the trilogy and then read the six other books about the Forsytes this year. plus the short Interludes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 5/4/2012

    " I found the book a quick read, with a fascinating story. The characters represent many facets of the human condition. Looking forward to reading the rest of the saga. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 1/17/2012

    " 2.5 stars A good story, but the TV adaptation from 1967 was stupendous - it's no wonder Soames vs Irene became a national obsession. "

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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.