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Publisher's Summary

Considered by many to be E. M. Forster's greatest novel, 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.
Written in 1910, Howards End is a symbolic exploration of the social, economic, and intellectual forces at work in England in the years preceding World War I, a time when vast social changes were occurring. In the Schlegels and the Wilcoxes, Forster perfectly embodies the competing idealism and materialism of the upper classes, while the conflict over the ownership of Howards End represents the struggle for possession of the country's future.
Forster refuses to take sides in this conflict. Instead he poses one of the book's central questions: In a changing modern society, what should be the relation between the inner and outer life, between the world of the intellect and the world of business? Can they ever, as Forster urges, "only connect"?
Public Domain (P)2010 Tantor Media
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5 out of 5 stars
By Wren on 05-05-18

Fantastic Narration in Delightful Story

If you are a true fan of E M Forster or the Merchant Ivory dramatizations of his works, or the most recent Starz mini series, this book is for you. With great subtlety and the pace that pre-1930 novels enjoyed, Forster fleshes his characters' worlds artfully. This is one of those literary works that brings alive so perfectly the period in which it was written in a way that is relatable. The Schlegel family is the new artistic rather radically minded siblings that are at the heart of the story. The Wilcoxes represent the old guard with whom they have chance acquaintance.
Steven Crossley's distinguished performance perfectly relates all points of view with multiple intonations, dialects, and pacing essential to the setting. I listened carefully to samples of other readings and his was by far superior. Even with feminine main characters, his narration supplies full nuance.
Recommended.

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4 out of 5 stars
By EJH on 07-27-13

Good story. Poor production.

Where does Howards End rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top half.

Any additional comments?

The reader has a tendency to trail off at the end of a sentence. I had to raise the volume on many occasions to understand what he was saying. I thought maybe my earphones were going but I am listening to another book now and it is fine. It is a good novel. I recommend another recording. Audible has several.

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5 out of 5 stars
By BookloverG on 10-04-16

Full of humour, unusual characters,sexual tension

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, i would recommend this audiobook for its excellent narration which brings the characters to life.

What did you like best about this story?

This story is character-led. The basic plot of Lucy Honeychurch trying to come to terms with her emotions and growing sexual awareness, is complicated by the interventions of a host of other very different characters.

Have you listened to any of Steven Crossley’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, but I intend to do so in future.

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

I found much of the dialogue amusing and I felt a sense of contentment with the ending.

Any additional comments?

One of my all-time favourite books.

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