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Publisher's 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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  • mntsmtl
  • 2019-11-22

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.

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  • JoBo
  • 2021-01-31

Long Story but Worthwhile Listening

An ingenious blend of history and fiction that kept my attention. The reading was stage quality but the reader dipped into low volume speech at times making listening a bit difficult. He could then get quite loud making comfortable volume setting a challenge. From what I already knew about English history I think the representation was fairly accurate. Corn however has not been grown there for thousands of years. Maize was a gift from the New World. Nonetheless I recommend this enchanting listen and am pleased that I completed it.

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  • Audrey Davis
  • 2021-03-24

Masterful historic novel

I know Sarum and Salisbury quite well; I visit the area often, so much in the novel is very real to me. I’ve even climbed to the top of the Cathedral spire and can say that the descriptions in the novel seem remarkably accurate.
The love stories are well told.
I did have trouble keeping all the names straight. Since it’s an audio I can ‘t keep checking them out. So I also have the book and check names out there from time to time.
A long story, but it kept my interest and I learned a lot.
John Staige Davis

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-03-16

Wonderful ramble through British history

At 54 hours long Sarum Is my favorite type of book: a great story that you hope will just keep going. It was worth every minute. I’m sorry it’s ended. I’ll miss the characters. Now I want to visit that part of England!

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  • BettyP
  • 2022-05-14

Loved this book

This book is a great reminder that human nature is still evolving... much too slowly. I loved the combination of archeology, history, and fiction. The story of human evolution, progress and lack of progress.

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  • M. Cain
  • 2021-10-05

Narration adds to the story

Roger Davis is fantastic as the narrator. He brings a wonderful story to life with his accent and intonation! A long story, told in a masterful way! Very enjoyable listen!

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  • James Friday
  • 2021-08-11

American accents

I loved the entire book. The American accent slays me. Edward Rutherfurd is a genius.