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When attractive, impulsive English widow Lilia takes a holiday in Italy, she causes a scandal by marrying Gino, a dashing and highly unsuitable Italian 12 years her junior. Her prim, snobbish in-laws make no attempt to hide their disapproval, and when Lilia's decision eventually brings disaster, her English relatives embark on an expedition to face the uncouth foreigner. But when they are confronted by the beauty of Italy and the charm and vitality of the disreputable Gino, they are forced to examine their own narrow lives. Their reactions are emotional, violent, and unexpected.

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  • Punch
  • 13-04-2021

"Pacifism does not equal apathy"

This tragic story examines the age old question of should we try and tamper with fate, or should we just enjoy the ride?

I am an observer, so I mostly don't engage or incentivize anything unless absolutely necessary. And I relish in the fact that the less that I do or say, the less likely I am to make a mistake.

But idleness is not without fault. The act of not choosing is a choice in itself, and for that, it can be the wrong decision.

This story gives a perfect example of just how wrong things can go if you do not act on your beliefs and let others dictate what is to happen.

If you are anything like me, and struggle to find the correct time or place to speak up in fear of confrontation or of making a fool of yourself, then I recommend you listen to this book.

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  • Holly K
  • 19-02-2021

The Reader is the worst

I had to give up. Even slowing the audio down did nothing to lessen the misery of listening to Edward Petherbridge mangle the story. One minute I was straining to hear what he said, the next minute his voice regained normal volume (after I’d just adjusted the volume in an attempt to hear him)—after a couple of chapters Edward and I parted ways. I’ll read the rest of the book myself.

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  • Valérie
  • 02-03-2021

A Beautiful Tragedy

I wasn't sure I would like this story as I don't generally care for tragedies, but the beauty won me over. The beauty of the prose, the beauty of the imagery, the beauty of the tragedy.

I understand the complaint of inconsistent volume, but I think it lent itself well to the story, and I think it was intentional.

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  • Maureen J Kilgour
  • 30-01-2021

Classic Must Read

Th reader absolutely brings this story to life. A true tragedy that stays with you for it's so beautifully written.

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  • Ohhthepossibilities
  • 11-01-2021

Not my favorite my EM Forster

Great reading, well performed. Well written, just not my favorite story. Room With A View is just so good.

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  • Todd Hauter
  • 16-06-2021

Fairly good story.

The narrator did an excellent job. It's just as good as A Room With a View.

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  • Jenna S.
  • 22-05-2021

Riveting

E.M. Forster is a supreme storyteller, and the narration is magnificent. Absolutely worth listening to -more than once.

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  • NetBoss
  • 20-05-2021

Couldn’t listen any more

The narrators clipped, staccato style didn’t work for me. I had to stop. I couldn’t understand him with any peripheral noise.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-04-2021

Excellent!

an incredible story well told be the narrator. unpredictable with such beauty. what an ending

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  • Pauline Trimarco
  • 03-03-2021

classic!

Beautiful writing. It sets the cold assumptions and pretentiousness of the North against the warm naturalness and spontaneity of the South . And the clash proves tragic.

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