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Publisher's Summary

At the heart of Forester's masterpiece 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.

©1991 Orion Pictures Corp (P)1992 Penguin HighBridge Audio

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Something's Missing in this Abridged Version

Emma Thompson is a wonderful reader, and the book has a timeless quality. It's unfortunate that this version is abridged. As a result, I missed many key points in the story. The central theme, "only connect" is totally missing from this version.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Linda
  • CAMP HILL, Pennsylvania
  • 09-06-16

Love Emma, Hate the Adbridgement

Any additional comments?

Emma Thompson is, of course, sublime, and her voice is not just an instrument but an entire orchestra. However, why was she conned into reading this abridged version of the book. The prose is so sublime, is the exact point of the book. I could see an abridged version of Anna Karenina (I know, shocking, but let me at it), but why Howard's End? I hope this isn't so college students can pretend to have read the book.
Why Emma, why?

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Abridged version, well read

This is an excellent story. Emma Thompson, who acted the role of Margaret in a film version, reads the story very well, of course. My one disappointment is that this is an abridgement of the book, and I see no 'warning' of that anywhere.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Loved Howard's End

Great narration by Emma Thompson with her English accent! Only wish the story was longer!

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Howard's End Doesn't Disappoint!

Emma Thompson was brilliant as she spoke for all the characters in this wonderful gem of Forster's.

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  • EOD
  • Charlottesville, MA
  • 05-07-12

Beautifully read.

What about Emma Thompson’s performance did you like?

I thought Emma Thompson did a beautiful job reading this story. Her voice is a perfect fit for the narrator, which is why I chose this version over the others that are available.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

If you are familiar with Forster and like his work, you will probably respond well to "Howard's End." I enjoyed the "read" but in the end, Forster is not one of my favorites.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful