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Sam Dastor's skill in narration & accents really made this story interesting. The story itself got better as it progressed. Very well done, so much so that I was anxious to know what was going to happen to the characters brought alive by Sam Dastor, so stayed with it until the end.
Read and judge for yourself. A classic. A must read. So culturally relevant even today. It has filled my heart with joy. Must look into more books by Forster.
Hold advanced degrees in psychology and psychoanalysis. President Clark Institute. Counseling Adults, Couples, and National Education Events
Excellent narrator. Wide-ranging cultural exploration. Wish it could be assigned at high school and again at college level for study and discussion.
Even though it's a classic, this story is weak in my opinion. Perhaps it's too old to relate to today.
The book is a classic and I enjoyed the narration overall, but Dastor's women can have a very annoying tone to them. Small quibble but nonetheless.
As for the writing, I found Forster's imagery particularly compelling; he writes long discursive passages that are really quite beautiful. The story does have a strange sort of racial tone to the modern ear but I'm sure it was progressive for its age.
I recommend this production.
Story: This is a classic so I will not comment on style. I enjoyed this slice of history, Anglo-India prior to WWII. Although the actual story was merely a short period overall, it was an intersection drama; the intersection of peoples' life in time. For this two items, I enjoyed the story.
Production: The reader was excellent. I found his females and non-English males very convincing.
Retired librarian, avid reader.
Despite a technical snafu in an early chapter, this ranks high among my many listens, quite enjoyable.
The trial, the whole of the proceedings before, during, and after, the injustice and prejudice, the internal thoughts of each of the principals -- all of that section was quite unforgettable.
Although I have two other books with Mr. Dastor's narrations in my library, this is my first listen. His characterizations, especially of the Indian voices, are first rate.
The relationship between Dr. Aziz and Mrs Moore, starting with their meeting in the temple, and the extensive and thoughtful preparations Dr. Aziz made for the excursion to the caves, were very touching moments that explored the internal aspects of these two main characters.
Although I'm quite fond of Howard's End, this comes in a close second among Forster's works.
It ranks in the very top
It captured a time in India in a timeless way -- aspects of the story resonate today.
He captured the "voices" of the characters in a very believable and entertaining way.
Forster's sensitive and profound penetration into early 20th century India with both the ironical detachment of the modern and the emotional engagement of the subject Indian. Fully considerate of several perspectives of civilization, history, religion, and sex, it is perfectly rendered by Sam Dastor's narration, which with its dynamics, multiple Indian characterizations, male and female intonations, and varying British accents, brings it to life.
I can't really have a favorite character since the author compels me to appreciate every character in his or her own psychological space and limitation. A perfectly contrasting couple are the two main characters, Aziz and Fielding. Mrs. Moore is a unique and mysterious spiritual character, an English old lady with an older and wiser soul than the rational English could understand-and who becomes a spiritual figurehead for the Indians.
He has a variety of English and Indian voices in his stock, some old and feeble, some dry and sober, some young, some ingratiating and servile,some mean and domineering, some snobbish--as good as an excellent movie.His soft, even-tempered voicing of Forster's narration (when not in dialogue)allows the listener to consider the author's social and religious commentaryas well as hear some wonderous passages of descriptive poetry.
No. I wanted to savor it in its several parts and let the meaning of every scene sink in well enough before moving on to the next.