A Room With a View

Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
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Lucy Honeychurch, accompanied by her vigilant guardian, Charlotte Bartlett, makes her first foray into the world, touring Italy and discovering a country very different to the English countryside she was brought up in.
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CAUTION: ABRIDGED

It wasn't until I tried to simultaneously read the print book on my Kindle while listening to this audiobook that I discovered to my chagrin that this is an abridged version. RATS!! Many aspects of the story make FAR better sense in the full book, including what exactly happened on that violet-covered Italian hillside, how Lucy felt about George Emerson then and subsequently, how and why Lucy lied to her family and friends and ended up engaged to Mr. Vyse, Charlotte's overt and covert motivations, and why saintly Mr. Beebe would ever lose interest in and snub Lucy and George. Still, it's gorgeous, and until Juliet Stevenson narrates the unabridged version, this is the one I'll return to again and again. She is flawless, so good that her voice for Miss Bartlett sounds exactly like Maggie Smith from the movie, and her Lucy is better--more appropriate to the character--than that of Helena Bonham Carter. This is ideal listening for bedtime, bath time, a leisurely Sunday morning in bed with your lover, or your regular commute. Even abridged, it's a page-turner. Grade: A. Bechdel test: Pass.

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bought abridged by mistake

The problem with audible is that you can't return things. I kept thinking something was missing in these characters. The abridged versions should be marked as well as the unabriged. Won't make that mistake again.

Anyway, interesting view of life and a good narrator.

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Beautifully Written and Read

Juliet Stevenson reads this short, moving novel perfectly, bringing nuanced emotion to all the interesting, multidimensional characters. I read this in college and didn’t appreciate then how forward-thinking and looking Forster was in his view of love relationships and marriage as an equal partnership between a man and a woman. It did not occur to me that Room With A View is a feminist text. But it is in the best humanist sense — showing how a woman could not know her own desires in a society that repressed them but how she could learn to recognize her own sense of self and life when set free to do so. Beautiful and inspiring and full of real truth and compassion, brought to life perfectly by Juliet Stevenson.

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Love performance!

Love this story already but the performance by Juliet Stevenson is incredible! All of her character representations were perfect.

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Fabulous ‘Room with a View’

Wonderful story and wonderfully read by Juliet. I’ve loved this book since I was a young teenager and read it at least once a year, thanks to this version I am sure I shall be hearing it all again on a more regular basis!
Highly recommend it 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Wonderful novel, brilliant reader

It seems as if the one thing everyone in the world can agree upon is that Juliet Stevenson is an absolutely brilliant narrator. No one matches the intelligence of the choices she makes for character voices, line readings, and calm, steady storytelling. She never goes overboard in her delivery. She's supremely tasteful without for an instant being bland.

This is a delightful romantic drawing room comedy of sorts. Forster's insight into his characters puts into the category of "literature" and his characters always surprise. It is a wonderfully entertaining novel on the page, perhaps even more delightful in this audio version.

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The best reading

Though it is an abridged version, this is the best reading I have found, and it is very entertaining. Juliet Stevenson gives just a perfect reading. She has the gift of playing the parts of each of the characters and it feels more like she is telling the story rather than merely reading it aloud. I almost dropped one star because it is abridged, but in the end I decided it deserved all 5 stars.

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Stevenson reads beautifully

I love Juliet Stevenson’s reading of this lovely book. It’s a pretty riveting story — a little dramatic, maybe, but I enjoyed it all the same. And Stevenson makes it come alive!

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A favorite

Juliet Stevenson does it again. a wonderful reading of a wonderful book. I loved it!

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Fantastic!

I love Forster, and as well done as the movie is, the book is even better.

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  • fliss
  • 10-12-11

Absolutely Delightful!

A beautiful reading. I usually prefer unabridged readings but after loving 84 Charring Cross by the same reader I decided to fritter my credits...And I was well rewarded! It is delightful - download, you won't be disappointed!

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  • 04-08-12

pure Forster charm...

Despite the "faithful" film adaptation scoring at the top of my most watched movies, the book gives so much more of this charming English story.
I decided on the audio version because of the Narrator. Juliet Stevenson scores 10 out of 10 each and every time.

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  • midori
  • 12-18-16

I've listened to this over so many times

I'm not British, but came across the movie so many years ago by accident and enchanted by its beauty. I wanted to go straight to the original book but bit worried that it was too difficult for me, so I turned to audio book as a easier alternative and it was the best thing I've ever done!
Her voice, accent, etc, was so beautiful lovely to listen to.
I always find something new as my understanding of society and history of England of this era.
Now it's permanently there in my iPad and at home, on my travels, etc, when I want to enter this charming Victorian society.
I can't recommend this audio book highly enough.

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  • Christine Phillips
  • 01-16-19

Narration is perfect. Wish it wasn’t abridged.

I absolutely adore this book. I would have preferred an unabridged version, but Juliet Stevenson is such a talented narrator, I went with this version anyway. It was still delightful despite any omissions.