A Room with a View

  • by E.M. Forster
  • Narrated by Frederick Davidson
  • 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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. When she regrets that her hotel room has no view, a member of the lower class offers to trade rooms with her. Lucy becomes caught in a struggle between her own emotions and social conventions. In the end, however, Lucy takes control of her own fate and finds love with a man whose free spirit reminds her of a "room with a view".There are some writers whose work is especially suitable for reading aloud, and E.M. Forster is one. His voices enter the ear with such a delicate balance of force and refinement that listeners are immediately enchanted.

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Horrendous Reader Stifles the Story

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Maybe, if they're into romantic stories then I'd recommend that they give this a try by either reading the physical book or getting a different version of this audiobook done by a different reader. I regret purchasing this audiobook because it was read so dryly that I couldn't pay attention to what was going on and often I my mind was off somewhere else. I don't know if that was primarily due to the reader or if that also had something to do with the prose. But I have a suspicion that if I read this book, I would've enjoyed it more.


What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I was content with the ending. It was predictable but I'm okay with that.


Would you be willing to try another one of Frederick Davidson???s performances?

No.


Could you see A Room with a View being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Actually it was made into a movie which was very popular back in the 80s. It had Helena Bonham Carter as the heroine. But if it was remade today I'd probably have Michael Fassbender play George Emerson (he seems like he could brood well) and I have no clue who I'd have playing Lucy. Honestly I feel like Helena Bonham Carter did a great job, however that was back when she was 19.


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- Isabelle

The great British author of his time?

Where does A Room with a View rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very high.


Which scene was your favorite?

The shock of the street murder.


Any additional comments?

This great essay into the crippling restraints on British women of his time is well worth the read. The reader held me glued to the story - the only real test of a reader of novels.

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- Robert

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-06-2005
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.