The Children of the New Forest (version 2)


Read by Nick Whitley

(4.6 stars; 63 reviews)

The Children of the New Forest is a children's novel published in 1847 by Frederick Marryat. It is set in the time of the English Civil War and the Commonwealth. The story follows the fortunes of the four Beverley children who are orphaned during the war, and hide from their Roundhead oppressors in the shelter of the New Forest where they learn to live off the land.

The story begins in 1647 when King Charles I has been defeated in the civil war and has fled from London towards the New Forest. Parliamentary soldiers have been sent to search the forest and decide to burn Arnwood, the house of Colonel Beverley, a Cavalier officer killed at the Battle of Naseby. The four orphan children of the house, Edward, Humphrey, Alice and Edith, are believed to have died in the flames. However, they are saved by Jacob Armitage, a local gamekeeper, who hides them in his isolated cottage acting as his grandchildren.

Under Armitage's guidance, the children adapt from an aristocratic lifestyle to that of simple foresters. After Armitage's death, Edward takes charge and the children develop and expand the farmstead, aided by the entrepreneurial spirit of the younger brother Humphrey. They are assisted by a gypsy boy, Pablo, who they rescue from a pitfall trap. A sub-plot involves a hostile Puritan gamekeeper named Corbould who seeks to harm Edward and his family. Edward also encounters the sympathetic Puritan, Heatherstone, placed in charge of the Royal land in the New Forest, and rescues his daughter, Patience, in a house-fire. Edward leaves the cottage and works as a secretary for Heatherstone, but Edward maintains the pretence that he is the grandson of Jacob Armitage. (Summary from Wikipedia) (12 hr 49 min)

Chapters

Chapter 1 20:50 Read by Nick Whitley
Chapter 2 27:47 Read by Nick Whitley
Chapter 3 22:36 Read by Nick Whitley
Chapter 4 26:33 Read by Nick Whitley
Chapter 5 31:07 Read by Nick Whitley
Chapter 6 23:34 Read by Nick Whitley
Chapter 7 20:47 Read by Nick Whitley
Chapter 8 19:18 Read by Nick Whitley
Chapter 9 39:28 Read by Nick Whitley
Chapter 10 20:08 Read by Nick Whitley
Chapter 11 36:35 Read by Nick Whitley
Chapter 12 30:34 Read by Nick Whitley
Chapter 13 28:43 Read by Nick Whitley
Chapter 14 32:40 Read by Nick Whitley
Chapter 15 35:05 Read by Nick Whitley
Chapter 16 31:55 Read by Nick Whitley
Chapter 17 33:40 Read by Nick Whitley
Chapter 18 32:00 Read by Nick Whitley
Chapter 19 22:51 Read by Nick Whitley
Chapter 20 33:43 Read by Nick Whitley
Chapter 21 32:09 Read by Nick Whitley
Chapter 22 21:09 Read by Nick Whitley
Chapter 23 32:29 Read by Nick Whitley
Chapter 24 24:53 Read by Nick Whitley
Chapter 25 37:41 Read by Nick Whitley
Chapter 26 23:08 Read by Nick Whitley
Chapter 27 27:49 Read by Nick Whitley

Reviews

(5 stars)

I love it so much! It's awsome🙂🙃

Mostly enjoyable

(3 stars)

This was better than I expected although I found the last quarter of the book less interesting. I fell asleep numerous times throughout the reading so I may have missed some bits. The narrator was excellent. Many thanks to him.

(5 stars)

I love the kids activities so much that i would like to be thom.💗

The children of the New Forest.

(5 stars)

A good old yarn, well read.

Awesome story

(5 stars)

fascinating story fantastic reader

cooper

(5 stars)

The only thing that would make it a lot of things I want you in your face in your head in your face in my room for me I was in your eyes on my mind and heart of mine too but it doesn't even work for you guys should have more time I get my hair done tomorrow night at work

nor story

(5 stars)

The story is of nice length and is easily immersed into, the narrator is good as well

Cole

(5 stars)

I loooooooooooooove this is the best book ever written