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Sarum

Narrated by: Roger Davis
Length: 53 hrs and 59 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Summary

The towering story of five families through 100 centuries of turmoil, tyranny, passion and prosperity from Edward Rutherfurd, the author of London, Russka and New York.  

In a novel of extraordinary richness the whole sweep of British civilisation unfolds through the story of one place, Salisbury, from beyond recorded time to the present day. The landscape - as old as time itself - shapes the destinies of the five families. 

The Wilsons and the Shockleys, locked in a cycle of revenge and rivalry for more than 400 years. The Masons, who pour their inspired love of stone into the creation of Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral. The Porters, descended from a young Roman soldier in exile. And the aristocratic Norman Godefrois, who will fall to the very bottom of the social ladder before their fortunes revive.

©2011 Edward Rutherford (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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Brilliant read, well worth the effort.

My Mum read this book years ago and she gave it to me. However as I do a lot of train travel I didn't really want to carry it around. I saved it for ages until I moved closer to Salisbury then it became available on Audible. I wasn't bored with it at all and thoroughly enjoyed all 54 hours.

I think it is definitely worth the read/listen. There were parts where I wanted more detail and not to move on. My only criticism is that towards the end it tails off very quickly.

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engaging read

it was very enjoyable, I found it hard to put down. they were engaging stories

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Vintage Rutherfurd

Another brilliant journey through time from a master of his craft. I come back to Edward Rutherfurd book time and again.

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So dull

Having recently moved to Salisbury and knowing nothing of the area, I thought this would be the perfect listen. I wish it was the perfect listen. I read historical fiction because history text books are stodgy and dull - this is as interesting a history text book. I got 4 chapters in and just couldn't bear it - not even for falling asleep at night - so I'm going to have to return it. Shame. I'm just grateful the place isn't as dull as the book!

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  • mntsmtl
  • 22-11-19

Epic story but hard to follow - need reference mat

I enjoyed Sarum but the audiobook experience was sometimes confusing without reference materials like a family tree and a map to place all of the hundreds of characters and places. I was unable to find any such resources, short of buying a hard-copy book, which I did not do.