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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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Brilliantly written history of one of England’s best loved natural areas

I thoroughly recommend this book!. Cleverly written using 900 centuries of local history. I truly didn’t want it to end. It was also wonderful to have a narrator who was able to voice female characters without sounding like a comic female impersonator. Well worth every cent spent.

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story of the new forest of england spanning hundreds of years back to king william. follows the stories of family and peoples and their lineage all connected to the location. couple of the tales are a little dull. couple are incredible. his love tales r a bit ehh but overall very enjoyable. will definitely be reading a few more of his. personally i find the snippets of history thrown in and factual details the most interesting part of the book. he has a talent for illuminating the lives of people within that time period. the characters stories could definitely be trimmed down. very unique book

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Get lost in The New Forest across the ages.

Loved following the stories of these families woven into historic events. Beautifully captivating the classes and mindsets of the characters.

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  • fiona c cross
  • 28-02-2019

The best book I've read in years. Maybe ever.

Full of family, history, intrugue, emotions, traditions and more, all set in the beautiful surroundings of the new forest. It seems to come alive. you could be there in person.

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  • Elspeth
  • 10-02-2019

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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  • Jody
  • 19-01-2019

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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  • Pam Jolliffe
  • 10-03-2019

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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  • Mrs Lynn V Copsey
  • 16-02-2019

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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  • Rachel Clement
  • 22-02-2019

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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  • Di D
  • 28-01-2019

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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  • robert hutton
  • 02-07-2020

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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  • Julia
  • 11-04-2019

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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  • Lisa Wood-Teall
  • 27-03-2019

Love the forest

As a person who lives on the forest its gret to here all the stories and be able to wonder through the places mentioned. brilliantly told, thoroughly enjoyable.

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