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The Forsytes: The Complete Series

BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisation
Length: 15 hrs
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Summary

Jessica Raine stars in all four BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations of John Galsworthy's Forsyte novels.

An irresistible family saga of love, money and betrayal, The Forsytes: The Complete Series encompasses four acclaimed BBC Radio 4 productions of Galsworthy's perennially popular epic, spanning 50 years from 1886 to 1936.

The Forsytes sees wealthy Soames Forsyte questioning his relationship with his beautiful wife, Irene. As evidence of her betrayal emerges, the family is torn apart and scandal unleashed. In The Forsytes Continues, it is 1920 and Soames would do anything for his sparkling daughter, Fleur. But when she falls in love with the wrong man, how can he stop history repeating itself? The Forsytes Returns picks up Fleur's story four years later, as she vows to put her past behind her and settle down. But those around her are intent on stirring up trouble. The Forsytes Concludes introduces young Dinny Cherrell, Fleur's cousin. Unbeknown to both, their lives will be paralleled in ways neither could have predicted....

Starring Jessica Raine, with a cast including Joseph Millson, Juliet Aubrey, Jonathan Bailey, Ben Lambert and Sarah Ridgeway, this compelling drama delves behind the Edwardian façade to reveal Galsworthy's wonderful wit, observation and insight into human nature.

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Fantastic

A fantastic dramtisation of a great classic!
I really loved it and would listen again.

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The Forsytes

I remember watching the BBC TV series when I was a schoolgirl, but couldn’t recall all of the story. Brilliant audio book which I will have to listen to again and again.

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Sloppy editing

Well acted and narrated, though the frequent changes of narrator towards the end was confusing. The really irritating thing about this presentation was a lack of editing, and in particular the constant interruptions to the narrative by between-episodes incidental music and cast lists extremely irritating. Yes. Of course they were part of the original Radio 4 broadcast, but it would have been so easy for someone to sit in an editing suite and cut out all the unnecessary interruptions. It smack of sloppy - or non-existent - attention to detail and, for me, spoiled what should have been an enjoyable audio presentation.

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An enjoyable saga

This was a very good dramatisation and I thought parts one and two were excellent, but... part three was disappointing.
The first two parts were atmospheric and had a wonderful magic that was missing later on. By the end I got slightly bored and found myself drifting.
Overall it was very enjoyable but just too long for me.

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Fabulous!

I cannot find the proper words to describe how much I enjoyed this mammoth listen.
The characters were beautifully portrayed, one felt the highs and lows of the generations so acutely. The story was wonderfully told and I was so sad to find I’d reached the end.
Simply brilliant! 5 stars and completely addictive.

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Lockdown in heaven

I think the Forsyth Saga is my favourite book. I read it, or, in this case, listen to it every 10 years or so and it never disappoints. "Peace comes through accepting things as they are and not as you'd like them to be." Very true. Beautifully dramatlised & presented.

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Very good dramatisation

Galsworthy's full saga is brought to life here by an excellent cast. The story is taken from a number of books and it does get a bit weaker at the end as it goes off to another branch of the family but it covers the characters and their period in history and the social conventions well. The music added to the piece although the start and end of episode credits and music could I imagine get annoying if you were listening for longer periods at a time.

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  • 28-02-20

Perfect for Long Journeys

Interesting until you realise that you have to listen to the story being repeated through three generations. A clear case of transgenerational character faultlines.

Great narration though.

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Highly recommended <br />

What a wonderful story full of interesting, engaging and real characters. Brilliant acting too. Loved it.

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Wonderful

A brilliant performance of The Forsyte Saga. I listened whilst walking; eating; and resting, and it kept me spellbound throughout. Thank you BBC and Audible.

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  • 13-06-19

Exceptional

Actors brought the characters to life. Listening brought a play in my mind. I was able to imagine the scene as tho I was in the room experiencing every moment. Wish all books were dramatized this way.

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  • 22-12-19

Great British Theater

If you like British theater you'll love this book - - fantastic performance and interesting story lines. Characters are rich and interesting - -

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  • Hermione
  • 16-06-19

Excellent dramatization!

Very enjoyable listening and wonderful actor-narrators, really made the multigenerational saga come to life. Highly recommend! Have not read the original books so don’t know how they compare but the story of the Forsytes as told in this audible presentation was interesting and very entertaining.

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  • Aziel
  • 05-05-19

Wonderful

This story was wonderful. It draws you in from the start and you find yourself throughout both having compassion and holding anger towards certain characters throughout this tragic lifetime. It is well worth the time and I will be listening to it many more time in the future.

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  • Nadia Elmasri
  • 10-07-18

Best BBC drama I’ve listened to

Over the years I’ve listened to many dramatized books, bone by the BBC and other companies; this one is by far the best. The story and preference is better than most..

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  • Sonia Amira Bendjemil
  • 14-04-18

Loved it!

I loved this! it was like listening to a movie. The voices were on point.

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