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Swan Song

Written by: John Galsworthy
Narrated by: David Case
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Publisher's Summary

Swan Song is the sixth of the nine novels in The Forsyte Chronicles and the conclusion of the second trilogy, called A Modern Comedy. John Galsworthy's epic story of the moneyed Forsyte family is a fascinating study of the British propertied class during the decline of the Victorian age.

The "man of property", Soames Forsyte, has mellowed with the passing of the years until, in his old age, he is a patient and benign figure, guarding with especial tenderness the welfare of his daughter, Fleur. But all his watchfulness and devotion are powerless to avert tragedy when Fleur revives her old love affair with Jon Forsyte on Jon's return to England with his American wife.

John Galsworthy received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1932.

(P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

Critic Reviews

"[Galsworthy] has carried the history of his time through three generations, and his success in mastering so excellently his enormously difficult material, both in its scope and in its depth, remains an extremely memorable feat in English literature." (Anders Osterling, Nobel Prize presentation speech, 1932)

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  • Klarita
  • 22-04-21

Heartbreakingly beautiful

How can a book where so very little seems to happen be so engaging, enthralling, touching? Incredible writing, and the performance is beyond praise. sure left me disliking Fleur. But oh, Soames...

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  • escoocoo
  • 13-01-23

A TRAGI-COMEDY

This is a wonderful continuation of a superb series. In parts laugh out loud funny, to quite sad and, finally, culminating in ultimate tragedy. Superior narration.

The main character, Soames, is a great tragic but lovable figure to me, and my heart continued to ache for this good man and his loveless plight throughout this story. There were times I just wanted to cry 😭.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-11-21

excellence of presentation

superb narration enhances this compelling tragic story and for this reason the audio version is preferable to the text.

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  • Sue Smith
  • 06-08-20

Exquisite

This book shakes your heart. I had to put it aside for days, not wanting these characters to end.

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  • Kdmd
  • 13-02-19

Wonderful

Perfection! Listen to all, in order and at the end you will have been taken on both a large and small journey, one that you won’t forget!

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  • Myopic
  • 03-07-22

What a shame

Ruined by the narrator. Yet another book which suffers from poor choice of narrators. Why?

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  • Barbara
  • 18-06-22

Ruined by the narrator

The Forsyte Saga has been one of my favourite books for many years and I was looking forward to having the different experience of listening to it. I’m afraid that the narration is simply dreadful, at first I thought it was a sendup but sadly not. Sounding like a takeoff of Kenneth Williams at his worst his pronunciation is bizarre, Flooer for Fleur! Unfortunately I see he has narrated the whole series so it’s back to the books for me. What a pity.

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  • Purplelotus
  • 07-02-19

Fabulous

Have so enjoyed this middle trilogy. The goings on of the next generation of Forsyths and the repercussions for Soames. The narrator adds to the joy with real brilliance.

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  • wayne collins
  • 25-01-17

Un-put-downable from Book One

If you could sum up Swan Song in three words, what would they be?

Love and Loss

What other book might you compare Swan Song to, and why?

This Book is No 6 in the series, and the story of the Forsyte family carries you with it, like a tidal wave.
There is no getting off, so Book One should carry a Govt Health warning

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Oh dear...the narrator.
His ability to capture the characters is quite amazing especially Soames and Fleur, BUT his insistence on having a rising cadence at the end of each sentence is maddening.
If it doesn't rise, it falls, in an over languid style, which is still very off putting , even at Book 6

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

We ration these books, as greed will/could give indigestion. But we couldn't walk away from the story until The End

Any additional comments?

A must read for everybody