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Howards End | [E. M. Forster]

Howards End

First published in 1910, Howards End is the novel that earned E. M. Forster recognition as a major writer. At its heart lie two families - the wealthy and business-minded Wilcoxes and the cultured and idealistic Schlegels. When the beautiful and independent Helen Schlegel begins an impetuous affair with the ardent Paul Wilcox, a series of events is sparked - some very funny, some very tragic - that results in a dispute over who will inherit Howards End, the Wilcoxes' charming country home.
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Publisher's Summary

First published in 1910, Howards End is the novel that earned E. M. Forster recognition as a major writer. At its heart lie two families: the wealthy and business-minded Wilcoxes and the cultured and idealistic Schlegels. When the beautiful and independent Helen Schlegel begins an impetuous affair with the ardent Paul Wilcox, a series of events is sparked - some very funny, some very tragic - that results in a dispute over who will inherit Howards End, the Wilcoxes' charming country home.

As much about the clash between individual wills as the clash between the sexes and the classes, Howards End is a novel whose central tenet, "Only connect", remains a powerful prescription for modern life.

Includes a printable e-book in PDF format.

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©1910, 1973 The Provost and Scholars of King’s College, Cambridge. All rights reserved. (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks America

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    Susanne United States 04-19-12
    Susanne United States 04-19-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Now I need a hard copy"
    If you could sum up Howards End in three words, what would they be?

    Important, beautiful and moving.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Characterizations, growth (slow and real) of characters, who move the plot.


    Which character ??? as performed by Edward Petherbridge ??? was your favorite?

    Margaret


    Any additional comments?

    Like many of the classics, I realized as I listened that there were lines in the book that I want to remember and think about, and as I only had the Audible version, I would definitely buy the book and keep it as a treasure.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    beatrice El Cerrito, CA, United States 07-13-13
    beatrice El Cerrito, CA, United States 07-13-13 Member Since 2009
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    "read this, then watch the movie"

    Wonderful stuff about money and privilege—who's got it, who hasn't, and what consequences follow. Though Forster's work is challenging to narrate because it is so dialogue-heavy, Petherbridge reads expressively and well, and I was rarely confused as to who was speaking. My only complaint about Petherbridge's narration is that sometimes his voice sinks to a whisper unintelligible to the dogwalker or commuter, and sometimes difficult to understand even by a bedtime listener.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan MCMINNVILLE, OR, United States 06-11-13
    Susan MCMINNVILLE, OR, United States 06-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Story Made Great by Narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to Howards End the most enjoyable?

    I loved Edward Petherbridge's articulation and cadence. The story itself has beautiful descriptions and dialogue, but can be a bit long in places. The brilliant narration made those duller moments poetic where I think I would have skimmed them if I were reading from the page.

    The story itself is a little depressing, but somehow it seemed less so when listening to it. It made a lasting impression on me.


    Have you listened to any of Edward Petherbridge’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I listened to "The Attenbury Emeralds" and have enjoyed E.P. in Masterpiece's Lord Peter Wimsey series. He is brilliant every time I listen to or watch him. This book was certainly enhanced by his excellent narration.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Luchino Brooklyn, N.Y. USA 02-06-13
    Luchino Brooklyn, N.Y. USA 02-06-13
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    "Meaningful fiction read with great flair"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Howards End to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because the voice of the reader, Edward Petherbridge, is such a cultivated, elegant British voice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Howards End?

    Only half way thru it, so can't say as yet.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    So far, Mrs. Wilcox and Margaret go shopping in London together, and you sense that Mrs. Wilcox is fading into illness and, at the same point, is taking a liking to Margaret as someone who might understand the attachment that she (Mrs. W.) has to her ancestoral home.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Descriptions of the English countryside.


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciated Edward Petherbridge's performances in "Nicholas Nickleby" (BBC tv production) and the Lord Peter Whimsey series. It is a pleasure to be able to hear his cultivated voice in this recorded performance. There are so many female parts...spoken dialogue. He captures the nuances of female phrasing very effectively....kind of like those Japanese actors who always play the parts of women in ritual Japanese dramas.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole Wauconda, IL, United States 01-05-14
    Nicole Wauconda, IL, United States 01-05-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Just Okay..."

    I've seen the movie and liked it...but I thought this book was just okay.

    Also wanted to mention something I found quite annoying...the announcement throughout that this was the "End of Disc (insert number)". Any time I felt like I was losing myself in the story...this ripped me out of it. I find that quite frustrating with an audiobook...even if the book is on CD as opposed to download...why on earth would you need an announcement that you reached the end of the disc?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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