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The Forsytes: The Complete Series

BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisation
Length: 15 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (90 ratings)
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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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  • Luke
  • Wales
  • 01-09-18

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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  • Amanda
  • Eastbourne, United Kingdom
  • 29-08-18

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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disappointed

Sadly I found the whole production a little insipid. Having read the books many years ago and loved the original TV series (with Nyree Dawn Porter) I was looking forward to this dramatisation, but for some reason I just couldn't engage with it. Nothing I can out my finger on, but I've no desire to finish listening to it.

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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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Vivid characters and beautifully written.

I have not read the novels, but I thoroughly enjoyed these dramatic adaptations. Sorry to reach the end.

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Audio soap - recommended for Trollope fans

This is obligatory listening for fans of Trollope’s Chronicles of Barchester and The Pallisers on Audible. A sprawling family saga spanning decades, with many timeless - and some jarringly contemporary - themes, from unrequited love to sexual consent, mental illness - and even Islamic conversion. Utterly addictive and beautifully performed, you won’t want it to end...

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15 wonderful hours

Don't miss this gem! It's a wonderful dramatisation, not a dull moment. Jessica Raine shines, sparkles through the whole series, both in the acted parts and as the narrator. She's supported by a brilliant cast. Just a little special credit to Joseph Millson as Soames - the interaction between him and Jessica Raine is fabulous. Thanks BBC for 15 unforgettable hours. Definitely going to listen to it again.

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  • Dan
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  • 21-10-18

Brilliant

What a magnificent performance! The American accents and text are not good at all (not much of it luckily), but everything else is brilliant! I could picture the entire story in my head as I was listening and going through scenes and chapters. Dramatisation is so good you can feel what the characters are going through, amazing.

I really enjoyed it from beginning to end and would recommend it to anyone.

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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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