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Howards End

Narrated by: Colleen Prendergast
Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
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The disregard of a dying woman's bequest, a girl's attempt to help an impoverished clerk, and the marriage of an idealist and a materialist intersect at an estate called Howards End.

There, the lives of three families become entangled. The Wilcoxes, who own the estate, are a wealthy family who made their fortune in the American colonies. The Schlegel siblings - Margaret, Helen, and Tibby - are lively socialites whose spirited and active lifestyles are representative of the intellectual bourgeoisie. And the Basts are a young couple from a lower-class background who are struggling to survive. As chance brings them together, societal conventions come into question as does the ownership of Howards End.

Through the fate of the estate - as well as the lives of the families who are affiliated with it - Forster creates a brilliant parallel to the fate of English society itself.

Public Domain (P)2018 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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  • itsmelil
  • 21-02-2020

Remarkable

I’ve always loved this book. I enjoyed listening to the audiobook. But the audio production needed improvement. You can hear the reader swallowing between sentences throughout.

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  • Chris Hedges
  • 28-01-2020

Interesting book, charmingly told

The book reminded me of standing in the ocean, facing the waves. This book starts out light and easy — providing a beautiful introduction to all the characters of the story — before it moves into a rhythm of stormy(ish) and calm tides. The relationship between the three siblings, sisters Margaret, Helen, and brother Tibby, are interesting and unique. I loved the reader of this book. Her voice and tone precisely match that of the two primary characters, Margaret and Helen.

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  • j t connolly
  • 17-07-2019

Lightweight Reading

I guess most people are familiar with the story, I am, from the TV and film adaptations. I wanted to get the unabridged full fat version. That was delivered, but to me the performance was lightweight. The reader used seemingly her own natural voice which was a little to 21st Century Estuary English for me. I realise a stilted RP might be equally irritating, but women of the at the time of the book just wouldn't sound like they were ordering a "flat whte to go" in Shoreditch café. The two sisters "voices" were indistinguishable and the masculine characters weak too. it didn't ruin the book, but I wish a less paperback romance/reading to children voice had been adopted.

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  • MelodyM
  • 07-06-2020

Lovely rendition of Forster's classic

Absolutely love this reading, totally immersive and that's what you want - a narrator who adds to and doesn't distract from the story. Captivating and a lovely way to revisit this favourite. 100% recommended.

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  • Laura W.
  • 15-03-2020

Like a lovely bath in the Edwardian Era.

if you have ever loved a house, or a garden or even a piece of furniture then this book will chime with you. the drama is only a sub theme around what is really the subject, how places can heal.