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A magnificent, sweeping history in which Rutherfurd captures the essence of the English heartland, from the author of Paris, London and New York.  

Few places lie closer to the heart of the nation's heritage than the New Forest. Now, Edward Rutherfurd weaves its history and legends into compelling fiction. From the mysterious killing of King William Rufus, treachery and witchcraft, smuggling and poaching run through this epic tale of well-born ladies, lowly woodsmen, sailors, merchants and Cistercian monks.

The feuds, wars, loyalties and passions of generations reach their climax in a crime that shatters the decorous society of Jane Austen's Bath and whose ramifications continue through the age of the Victorian railway builders to the ecologists of the present day.

©2000 Edward Rutherford (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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BEST BOOK EVER

A combination of nature, history and family soap opera through generations. It has everything.

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Superb

This is another excellent book by Edward Rutherford. It leads us through the history of the New Forest from the time of William II (Rufus), skilfully weaving in some very entertaining stories with fascinating factual information concerning the region.

The only addition I would have found useful would have been a comment at the beginning stating which characters were real historical figures and which ones were the inventions of the author. I have had to do a lot of "Googling" to ascertain which stories were fact and which were pure fiction.

Other than that, this is one of the best book of its kind, and I do believe Edward Rutherford is in a class of his own in that regard.

Another very important aspect of an audio book is the narration, and I can truly say I found Roger Davis' work here to be flawless. A perfect reading of an excellent book.

I recommend it without reservation.

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History with emotions.

Mr Rutherfurd is a master story writer. His books take you on a chronological journey through time interspersing family dynamics with actual events. It’s such an interesting way to learn history. Having read all of his books, seeing each of them come alive with Audible is a pleasure indeed. I get excited every time I see his books appear.
Yes they are tomes, but they are a series of shorter stories that follow each family through the generations, so there’s always something interesting happening.
If you love history you’ll love these books. I cannot recommend them enough.
Treat yourself.

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Storytelling at its best

Edward Rutherford deconstructs history following fictional families for over a thousand years. As ever names and characteristics emerging during different periods.
Most of the tales are tongue in cheek with twists and turns in family interrelationships and fortunes. The effect of politics of each era intertwine throughout giving a memorable tale.

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Narrated is terrible

I cannot get on with this narrator at all. I love Edward Rutherfurd and have read Sarum and listened to Dublin. But I really cannot listen to Roger any longer!

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amazing tale

great story of a set of families over time in the new forest. I won't look at the new forest in the same way again. it's such a beautiful place and the book captured that well. the narration was perfect. I found it flowed better than London in my personal opinion. I loved this book and would probably listen to it again.

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Wonderful story

Having enjoyed his other books I was looking forward to hearing this. I wasn’t disappointed. Having known the area when I was young it was a pleasure to feel myself taken back there.
At least one of the stories could be adapted to make a television special with suspense love and comedy.

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epic story

like all the other books of this author, this one is spectacularly epic. its a story that stretches throughout the ages. it is full of interest and significant historical events. really enjoyable.

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An Epic Jaunt Through a Sweeping Historic Panorama

If you love meaty, detailed historical dramas, you'll love this. I loved every moment. I read New York years ago because I was interested in the settlement of America. The Forest was a gamble because, although I enjoy the format of Rutherford's stories, I was concerned that by comparison to New York, The Forest might seem a little provincial.

I needn't have worried. In fact, despite its seemingly closed off status from the rest of the world, throughout the book we see the New Forest playing its part in many of the defining moments in British history, even as the modest lives of the book's central characters and their families evolve.

Great book. It was a shame to finish.

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Discover the Forest

This was a delightful and engaging history of the new forest read superbly. I feel I have lived it.

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