There are some writers whose work is especially suitable for reading aloud, and E.M. Forster is one. His voices enter the ear with such a delicate balance of force and refinement that listeners are immediately enchanted.
(P)1992 Blackstone Audiobooks
Maybe, if they're into romantic stories then I'd recommend that they give this a try by either reading the physical book or getting a different version of this audiobook done by a different reader. I regret purchasing this audiobook because it was read so dryly that I couldn't pay attention to what was going on and often I my mind was off somewhere else. I don't know if that was primarily due to the reader or if that also had something to do with the prose. But I have a suspicion that if I read this book, I would've enjoyed it more.
I was content with the ending. It was predictable but I'm okay with that.
Actually it was made into a movie which was very popular back in the 80s. It had Helena Bonham Carter as the heroine. But if it was remade today I'd probably have Michael Fassbender play George Emerson (he seems like he could brood well) and I have no clue who I'd have playing Lucy. Honestly I feel like Helena Bonham Carter did a great job, however that was back when she was 19.
Wonderfully read. Clear voice, I would buy another book ready by Davidson.
I didn't want the story to end.
Yet again, I think this book is mainly getting marks off from me because I wasn't fond of the audiobook narrator. His lady voices really irritated me. And he kind of put me to sleep a few times, so I think I missed a few parts. But I definitely liked it enough that I'm planning on reading it again in ebook form, and I'm almost certain I will enjoy it much more when I experience it that way.
This is of course a timeless classic .The novels of Forster lend themselves very well to narration and Frederick Davidson switches effortlessly between characters. Very enjoyable.
The story is fine but the narration is too over the top. I haven't listened to the whole book because I just found the voice way too annoying.
The shock of the street murder.
This great essay into the crippling restraints on British women of his time is well worth the read. The reader held me glued to the story - the only real test of a reader of novels.
I've seen the movie and was entchanted. It's a pity to say but the narrater of this book spoiled the whole story. So in this case the movie was better than the book. I have to try again with another narrator.
It is a classic, and in that sense, it is worth reading to understand references to it. That being said, I don't think it will stand to be as time-tested as books of a similar time period. The characters are predictable and the plot has no twists.
Slow, background noise
The book is short and the audio version is a quick way to check off this classic. The narrator wasn't the best selection and often you can hear background noise of other voice artists reading other books in the background. This is odd, considering Frederick Davidson (also known as David Case) has read over 800 books in his lifetime.
Yes - it really brings the period to life
He brings each character to life
While not one of Forster's best novels most who enjoy Forster will enjoy listening to it. I'm not quite certain it can be listened to by breaking it into many parts. The subtle irony of his writing style doesn't readily lend itself to that, at least in this novel. I think it can be listened to in several parts but the irony of Forster's writing style will be missed and the novel not understood if you try to break it into too many parts. FWIW.
IIt does, however, have its moments which really shine and are comparable to Forster at his best. His sense of irony is seen in many places in the novel but I especially liked the three over weight women in their efforts to lose weight. Overall a good commentary on the upper middle and wealthy classes of the English of his time. Plant your feet firmly on the ground at the beginning of the novel to better enjoy it.
Good narration. I recommend it.
"Good in parts."
I enjoyed parts of this book, but found others really annoying - all those social niceties drove me mad!
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