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Summary

In this rich new audio production, acclaimed British American actress Rebecca Hall brings one of E. M. Forster's most admired works to life in this classic tale of human struggle.

A charming young Englishwoman, Lucy Honeychurch, is wooed by both free-spirited George Emerson and wealthy Cecil Vyse while vacationing in Italy. Though attracted to George, Lucy becomes engaged to Cecil despite twice turning down his proposals. On hearing of the news, George confesses his love, leaving Lucy torn between marrying the more socially acceptable Cecil or George, the man she knows would bring her true happiness. Should Lucy choose social acceptance or true love?

It's both the quintessential Edwardian love story and a classic piece of social comedy, in which Forster is concerned with one of his favorite themes: the "undeveloped heart" of the English middle classes, here represented by a group of tourists and expatriates in Florence. Forster's disapproval of the era's restrictive conventions is reflected through his strong observation of character and society.

A Room with a View was ranked 79th on the Modern Library's list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. The 1985 film adaptation by James Ivory won three Oscars.

Narrator Biography
Rebecca Hall is an award-winning British-American actress with extensive credits in stage and screen, including leading roles in Christine, Professor Marston & the Wonder Women, Frost/Nixon, and Vicky Christina Barcelona. As the daughter of two theater veterans - the stage director and Royal Shakespeare Company founder Peter Hall and the opera singer Maria Ewing - Rebecca began acting from an early age, and her mastery of the craft is on full display in her nuanced performance of A Room With a View, her debut audiobook narration. 

Public Domain (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Forgotten How Good This Book Was...

What a wonderful and thought provoking story.

Rebecca Hall does an excellent job of reading this and it’s definitely a book I will come back to.

It’s also made me go back to other books written by the author.

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One of my favourite novels, beautifully read. Windy Corner and Italy came to life. And so did George and Lucy.

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  • lancs
  • 27-09-18

A wonderful book

I must have read this novel five or six times. Not to mention seeing the young Helena Bonham Carter sashay through the excellent screen adaptation several times. It’s a story I love and decided to listen to it for the first time, reaffirming a view that it gives up new layers of meaning and Bon mots every time. I confess I wasn’t entirely convinced about the narrator - but I genuinely think that I am so familiar with the text that I was expecting to hear the voices I had already made in my imagination. But it was well done, immensely enjoyable and certainly my favourite Forester. If you’ve only seen the movie, get this and peel back the layers.

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  • Adam F
  • 18-09-18

Short and Sweet

Forster packs an impressive amount of emotion and character development into his story. It was a refreshing, quick read that I found hard to put down, I’d rank this right up there with other novels of early 20th century that I’ve read. A thought provoking read and a wonderful listen. Rebecca Hall was perfect for the roll, all her characters hit the mark. Highly recommended.