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A Room with a View

Written by: E. M. Forster
Narrated by: Sarah Jane Barry
Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
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One of E. M. Forster's most celebrated novels, "A Room With a View" is the story of a young English middle-class girl, Lucy Honeychurch. While vacationing in Italy, Lucy meets and is wooed by two gentlemen, George Emerson and Cecil Vyse. After turning down Cecil Vyse's marriage proposals twice Lucy finally accepts. Upon hearing of the engagement George protests and confesses his true love for Lucy. Lucy is torn between the choice of marrying Cecil, who is a more socially acceptable mate, and George who she knows will bring her true happiness. "A Room With a View" is a tale of classic human struggles such as the choice between social acceptance or true love.

©2018 E. M. Forster (P)2018 FrontPage Publishing

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A timeless classic

In spite of over a century long gap between the first launch of this book and me reading it, I could still relate to the characters and plot. Would have loved if Cecil's character was developed a bit more. But all in all a good read (audible experience).

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  • 06-03-19

TERRIBE NARRATOR! A WHINER!

I AM SORRY TO SAY THAT ONCE AGAIN, A BEAUTIFUL NOVEL HAS BEEN RUINED BY AN AWFUL NARRATOR.

YOU ARE AUDIBLE BOOKS. SURELY WHEN YOU GET FEEDBACK FROM YOUR CLIENTS THAT A NARRATOR IS NOT UP TO SNUFF YOU ARE ABLE TO PASS ON THIS INFORMATION TO WHOEVER PICKS NARRATORS, THUS ALLOWING THEM TO RETRAIN, OR JUST PICK SOMEONE BETTER.

I AM AFRAID THAT AUDIBLE'S 5- STAR RATING CAN BE USEFUL FOR TITLES WITH WHICH I AM FAMILIAR EITHER AS HARDBACK, ETC.; BUT IT REALLY DOES NOT DO ITS JOB OF GIVING ME, A NOVICE AUDIO BOOK BUYER, THE BEST GRASP OF WHAT I WILL BE LISTENING TO. I TEND TO STAY WITH BOOKS AND READERS I KNOW, BUT THAT IS NOT ALWAYS THE CASE.

FOR EXAMPLE, I WAS UNABLE TO HEAR A SAMPLE OF THE READER FOR A LOUISE PENNY BOOK BUT I TOOK A CHANCE & GOT THE BOOK BECAUSE I DO NOT HAVE THE OPTION OF READING HER WORK IN HARD COPY. (AND I HAD AN EXTRA CREDIT THAT MONTH). BIG MISTAKE.

THE MALE NARRATOR WAS AWFUL, GRATING, AND I RETURNED IT. (AND I WANT TO PRAISE AUDIBLE'S FINE CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVES WHO NOT ONLY GOT THE TECH DEPT TO FIX THE MISSING SAMPLE, BUT WHO WERE AGAIN GRACIOUS IN LISTENING TO ME EXPLAIN WHAT WOULD BE HELPFUL IN A "SAMPLE" BEFORE CHOOSING A BOOK.

IN TELLING A FRIEND ABOUT THIS EXPERIENCE & HOW I WOULD RUN 'CHOOSING 'BOOK READERS' FOR AN AUDIO COMPANY, I LEARNED THAT THE AWFUL (L. PENNY) NARRATOR HAS "BECOME DECEASED"--- AND, THAT THE NEW NARRATOR, BATHURST I THNK IS HIS LAST NAME, HAD RECEIVED GOOD REVIEWS IN THE UK AND CANADA. SO I GOT IT AND AM SO GLAD I DID. I WILL BE GETTING PENNY'S OTHER NOVELS WITH A GREAT READER. AND LISTENING TO THEM OVER AND OVER AGAIN. A TRUE DELIGHT FOR CABIN FEVER WINTERS AND DOG-DAY SUMMERS.

I DIGRESSED.

IN 'ROOM WITH A VIEW' THE FEMALE NARRATOR IS WHAT I DUB A "VALLEY-GIRL" SPEAKER. SHE CAN MAKE TREES SOUND WHINEY. AND THENI HAVE A PROBLEM WITH HER LISPING SO MUCH--IT SOUNDS LIKE A WATER SPRINKLER NEXT TO THE MICROPHONE. ABOVE ALL, NO ONE SHOULD UNDERTAKE TO READ A NOVEL AND NOT KNOW HOW TO PRONOUNCE COMMON WORDS OR PLACE NAMES. I COUNTED 10 FLUBS IN CH 1 ALONE, AND I PROBABL OVERLOOKED A NUMBER OF OTHERS. I WAITED A DECENT INTERVAL AND TRIED AGAIN TO ENJOY THE STORY--BECAUSE IT IS SO GRAND--BUT ALAS, IT'S GOING BACK.

BRIEF SYBOPSIS, NO SPOILERS: THE NOVEL IS SET IN PRE-GREAT WAR ENGLAND & ITALY, AND IS A SUPURB CLASSIC. AN EASY READ FOR A COMMUTE OR POOLSIDE OR SITTING INSIDE ON A WINTER'S DAY. THE DESCRIPTIONS ARE BEAUTIFUL W/O BEING OVERDONE. IT IS A NOVEL THAT I HAVE RE-READ MANY TIMES. ITALY! ROMANCE THAT IS TRULY ROMANTIC IN ITS EDWARDIAN BOY AND GIRL MEET, EXCHANGE CONVERSATION, A PROBLEM ARISES, AND EVENTUALLY THE AUSTEN-LIKE SCENARIO RESOLVES. EXCELLENT PROSE. AN ENGLAND COMING INTO A NEW AND MORE MODERN AGE AT THE TURN OF THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY. THE HARBINGER OF FORSTER'S HOWARDS END.

I AM PICKY ABOUT NARRATORS FOR A MYSTERY. AND YET, WHOEVER READS A CLASSIC SHOULD KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING, TOO. SADLY, MS. SARAH JANE BARRY DOES NOT.

SKIP THIS VERSION AND LOOK FOR A BETTER NARRATOR.

I SHALL HOPE TO RETURN IT. AND HOPE ANOTHER READER CAN RENDER E.M. FORSTER'S BEAUTIFUL NOVEL WHAT IT SO JUSTLY DESERVES: TO BE LISTENED TO WITH GREAT PLEASURE OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

SORRY, AUDIBLE. NARRATOR: F; BOOK: A+

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