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  • Maurice | E.M. Forster

    Maurice

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By E.M. Forster
    • Narrated By Peter Firth
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    'Ah for darkness...not the darkness of a house which coops up a man among furniture, but the darkness where he can be free!' Maurice Hall knows he must choose between living life in the shadows or denying himself a chance at love and fulfilment. Aware of his attraction to the same sex, in a time where it was considered unlawful and immoral to have homosexual desires, Maurice must decide whether to battle or submit to a prejudiced 20th-century English society.

    Christopher P. says: "Finally!!! It's past time!"
  • A Passage to India | E. M. Forster

    A Passage to India

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By E. M. Forster
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
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    Dr. Aziz is a young Muslim physician in the British Indian town of Chandrapore. One evening he comes across an English woman, Mrs. Moore, in the courtyard of a local mosque; she and her younger travelling companion Adela are disappointed by claustrophobic British colonial culture and wish to see something of the 'real' India. But when Aziz kindly offers to take them on a tour of the Marabar caves with his close friend Cyril Fielding, the trip results in a shocking accusation....

    Rochelle says: "Poor sound quality"
  • Howards End | E. M. Forster

    Howards End

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By E. M. Forster
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
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    Howards End is a beautifully subtle tale of two very different families brought together by an unusual event. The Schlegels are intellectuals, devotees of art and literature. The Wilcoxes are practical and materialistic, leading lives of "telegrams and anger". When the elder Mrs. Wilcox dies and her family discovers she has left their country home - Howards End - to one of the Schlegel sisters, a crisis between the two families is precipitated that takes years to resolve.

    jkjlw says: "I love this book"
  • Room With a View | E. M. Forster

    Room With a View

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By E. M. Forster
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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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.

    Carl Smith says: "bought abridged by mistake"
  • A Room with a View | E. M. Forster

    A Room with a View

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By E. M. Forster
    • Narrated By B. J. Harrison
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    Lucy Honeychurch and her older cousin, Miss Bartlett, tour Italy in the springtime. However, the pension they are staying at may as well be in London. The proprietress speaks a London cockney, the meat is overdone, and their windows give them a view of dirty alleys. However, when the socially clumsy Mr. Emerson offer to exchange rooms, this does anything but remedy the situation. You see, nobody knows what to make of the Emersons. It's so hard to know how to respond to people who speak the truth.

    Cynthia says: "very good read"
  • Howards End | E.M. Forster

    Howards End

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By E.M. Forster
    • Narrated By John Franklyn-Robbins
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    E.M. Forster's Howards End is a vivid portrait of London's golden age, before World War I forever changed its values and culture. Forster brings the great city's upper classes to life, detailing their grandiose spending habits, popular fads, Monet and Debussy, the rise of feminism, and the beginnings of urbanization. More than a mere idealization of pre-war London, Howards End provides insightful commentary on the rapid societal changes that occurred at the onset of the 20th century. Masterfully blending the stories of three vastly different groups of people - the independently wealthy, educated Schlegels; the nouveau riche Wilcoxes; and the ambitious but struggling Leonard Bast - Forster weaves a wonderfully rich, unforgettably poignant novel.

    carolyn benaroya says: "very poor recording"
  • Howards End | E. M. Forster

    Howards End

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By E. M. Forster
    • Narrated By Emma Thompson
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    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.

    Deborah says: "Something's Missing in this Abridged Version"
  • A Passage To India | E M Forster

    A Passage To India

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By E M Forster
    • Narrated By Meera Syal
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    Adela Quested travels to India with her chaperone Mrs Moore, on the premise of deciding whether to marry Mrs Moore's son Ronny Heaslop, the city magistrate. Finding her India very disappointingly English, Adela jumps at the chance the two women are given to travel to the distant Marabar caves with Aziz, a charismatic young Indian Doctor. When Adela is subjected to an attempted assault in one of the caves, Dr. Aziz is arrested and tried in court.

    Thomas Burns says: "Exquisite reading, draws the listener in."
  • Howards End | E.M. Forster

    Howards End

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By E.M. Forster
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    A vibrant portrait of Edwardian England, Howards End examines personal relationships and conflicting values. The Schlegel sisters, Margaret and Helen, and their brother, Tibby, place their values in civilized living, music, literature, and conversation with their friends. The Wilcoxes, Henry and his children Charles, Paul, and Evie, are concerned with the business side of life and distrust emotions and imagination.

    Jeff Lacy says: "Gorgeous"
  • Howards End | E. M. Forster

    Howards End

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By E. M. Forster
    • Narrated By Alice Johnson
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    "Howards End" is a novel by English novelist, short story writer, essayist and librettist E. M. Forster. It was first published in 1910. "Howards End" is considered by some to be Forster's masterpiece. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked "Howards End" 38th on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. It's about social conventions, codes of conduct, and personal relationships in turn-of-the-century England. This is also a story of difference between the middle class and the poor.

    JR says: "Only half a book "
  • A Room with a View | E. M. Forster

    A Room with a View

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By E. M. Forster
    • Narrated By Joanna David
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    The story of a young and affluent middle-class girl, Lucy Honeychurch is wooed by George Emerson and Cecil Vyse whilst vacationing in Italy. Though attracted to George, Lucy becomes engaged to Cecil despite twice turning down his proposals. On hearing of the news, George confesses his love, leaving Lucy torn between marrying the more socially acceptable Cecil, or George, the man she knows would bring her true happiness.

    Joseph R says: "One Italian Spring"
  • A Room with a View | E.M. Forster

    A Room with a View

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By E.M. Forster
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    A Room with a View portrays the love of a British woman for an expatriate living in Italy, a country which to Forster represents the forces of true passion. Caught up in a world of social snobbery, Forster's heroine, Lucy Honeychurch, finds herself constrained by the claustrophobic influence of her British guardians, who encourage her to take up with a well-connected boor.

    Isabelle says: "Horrendous Reader Stifles the Story"
  • A Room with a View | E.M. Forster

    A Room with a View

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By E.M. Forster
    • Narrated By Sarah Genner
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    Lucy Honeychurch, an upper middle class girl, and her cousin, Charlotte, travel from England to Italy on vacation. While on the trip, the two women share a guest house with a man and his son George Emmerson. After switching rooms to offer the women a better view overlooking the scenic river, the Emmersons and Honeychurches get to know each other better. Mr. Emmerson suggests that Lucy and George may be a good match for each other.

  • Where Angels Fear to Tread | E. M. Forster

    Where Angels Fear to Tread

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By E. M. Forster
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
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    E. M. Forster's first novel is a witty comedy of manners that is tinged with tragedy. It tells the story of Lilia Herriton, who proves to be an embarrassment to her late husband's family as, in the small Tuscan town of Monteriano, she begins a relationship with a much younger Italian man - classless, uncouth, and highly unsuitable. A subtle attack on Edwardian values and a humanely sympathetic portrayal of the clash of two cultures, Where Angels Fear to Tread is also a profound exploration of character and virtue.

    Megasaurus says: "Stephen Fry + E.M. Forster = Audio Kismet"
  • Where Angels Fear to Tread | E. M. Forster

    Where Angels Fear to Tread

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By E. M. Forster
    • Narrated By Edward Petherbridge
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    English widow Lilia causes a scandal by marrying Gino, a highly unsuitable Italian 12 years her junior. But when her relatives are confronted by the beauty of Italy and the charm of Gino, they are forced to examine their own narrow lives.

    Kimberly says: "Classic Forster"
  • A Room with a View | E. M. Forster

    A Room with a View

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By E. M. Forster
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
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    This Edwardian social comedy explores love and prim propriety among an eccentric cast of characters assembled in an Italian pensione and in a corner of Surrey, England. A charming young Englishwoman, Lucy Honeychurch, faints into the arms of a fellow Britisher when she witnesses a murder in a Florentine piazza. Attracted to this man, George Emerson---who is entirely unsuitable and whose father just may be a Socialist - Lucy is soon at war with the snobbery of her class and her own conflicting desires.

    Sam says: "Comically Enlightening"
  • Where Angels Fear to Tread | E. M. Forster

    Where Angels Fear to Tread

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By E. M. Forster
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    E. M. Forster’s first novel explores the comic and tragic effects of culture clash between insular, provincial British personalities and sensual Italian culture and atmosphere. Lilia Herriton, an impulsive 33-year-old widow from London, travels to Tuscany, where she falls in love with both Italy and the handsome, carefree Gino Carelli, a dentist’s son 12 years her junior. When news reaches the snobbish Herriton family that Lilia intends to marry again, this time to an unsuitable Italian, the domineering Mrs. Herriton sends her son, Philip, to prevent the catastrophe - but he arrives too late.

  • The Machine Stops | E. M. Forster

    The Machine Stops

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 22 mins)
    • By E. M. Forster
    • Narrated By Mike Vendetti
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    E. M. Forster provides a view of the future from 1909. He comes alarmingly close. Humanity has lost the ability to live above ground, but they communicate magnificently through the Machine. As a matter of fact the Machine handles just about everything, taking the freedom of choice, or the need to choose away from humankind. But when the machine breaks, can humanity survive?

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Facebook 1909"
  • A Room With a View | E.M. Forster

    A Room With a View

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By E.M. Forster
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
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    Set in Italy and England, this is a rich and romantic story of Lucy Honeychurch and the choice she must make between love and convention.

    Everett says: "Delicious!"
  • The Machine Stops | E. M. Forster

    The Machine Stops

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 25 mins)
    • By E. M. Forster
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts
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    This story describes a world of the future in which humans all remain in their cubicles while all their needs are met by a supercomputer called, "The Machine". They communicate with each other and attend "online" classes and meetings through the Machine and people seldom meet face to face. A problem arises when one man, Kuno, decides he is not satisfied with staying in his room and decides to explore outside.

    Edward says: "Great Story"
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