The Longest Journey

  • by E.M. Forster
  • Narrated by Wanda McCaddon
  • 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this searching tragicomedy of manners, personalities, and world views, E.M. Forster explores the "idea of England" he would later develop in Howards End. Bookish, sensitive, and given to wild enthusiasms, Rickie Elliot is virtually made for a life at Cambridge, where he can subsist on a regimen of biscuits and philosophical debate. But the love-smitten Rickie leaves his natural habitat to marry the devastatingly practical Agnes Pembroke, who brings with her, as a sort of dowry, a teaching position at the abominable Sawston School.Out of this misalliance comes Forster's most stylistically daring novel. As it follows Rickie from the comforts of Cambridge to the petty intrigues of Sawston to the lush, haunted environs of rural Wiltshire, The Longest Journey gives us a comic yet immensely moving vision of a country split between pragmatism and imagination, sober conformity and redemptive eccentricity, upright Christianity and delirious paganism.


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Forster, not at his best

I am a great fan of E.M. Forster's novels. I would not recommend this one very highly, however. The book, as a whole, is slow moving, particularly the first quarter of it. I found the book more interesting when the main character, Ricky makes his bad marriage, reconnects with his aunt, and discovers that he has a half-brother. Apart from the slow pace, I found the book rather difficult to follow a number of times. There are shifts of time and place that are not clearly described, but rather left for the listener to infer. There are a lot of interesting characters in this novel. I wish the story had been presented better. Nadia May's narration is superb but does not fully save this audiobook.
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- Everett Leiter

Utter drivel

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes, the insipid main character.

What was most disappointing about E.M. Forster???s story?

The story was sappy, convoluted, lame and interminable. I have enjoyed a number of E.M. Forster's novels, particularly A Passage to India and A Room With a View, but this was very disappointing. It just went on and on with characters it was hard to care about.

What does Nadia May bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

She's a fine reader, just had bad material.

Could you see The Longest Journey being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I suppose a ruthless editor and a great director could make a movie out of this.

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- G. Randall

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-30-2004
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.