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A Room with a View

Narrated by: Rebecca Hall
Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)
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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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Unsatisfactory narration

I love this book (and Rebecca Hall as an actress), but found this narrative somewhat confusing and awkward, so would not recommend this version

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Bellissimo

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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  • Robert
  • 19-01-19

A lovely performance, and a wonderful story

Ms Hall provides the best audiobook performance I’ve heard in several years, with nuance and depth and energy and eager enthusiasm. Her male voices are a treat, delicious in the ways they are differentiated, via accent and pacing and affected tics, rather than through some attempted mimicry. Her female voices, similarly, are easily identifiable and depict the age and station of each character, admirably. I loved the full story, which provided insights into the characters I discovered were lacking in the popular film version.

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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.

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  • Arlene Olsen
  • 19-04-19

Love the book, the narration, the writing, the movie....

Who could not love E M Forester and his well written books! It’s such a delight to now listen to them by such a great narrator. Listen to the book, then watch the movie!

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  • C_Whitley88
  • 10-04-19

Absolutely Brilliant

To disentangle my love for this book with my adoration of the 1985 movie, is nigh on impossible. I don't truly recall which I experienced first, but there is no way for a reread (certainly) to not feature the actors from the film as the same characters in the book in my mind.

Forster, who dealt heavily in writing about the division of classes in society, which is perhaps more starkly demonstrated in Howards End, lays his ideas down with a gentler and more personal hand. Maybe even a less jaded hand.

Miss Lucy Honeychurch, our protagonist, is filled to the brim with flustered versions of supposed-to's...that is, to say...She feels an obligation to the way one is supposed to behave, and be, and do, and live—as well as marry. But as she explores herself within this novel, she gets a firmer grasp on who she is, who she actually wants to be, and what her own ideals really are. Perhaps especially after coming face-to-face with the living embodiment of her ideals and modern thoughts in a father and son duo, the elder and younger Mr. Emersons. Or rather, they are at least two people whose own behavior and philosophies force her to question her own.

As with Howards End, Forster has created a similar little family vignette with no father barring the way and a kooky, rudderless younger brother (growing up without a male role model to constrain him into the typical masculine role of the day). I can't help but think that while there is undoubtedly a lot of Forster in his leading ladies (Miss Honeychurch here and Misses Schlegels in Howards End), I think there is a great deal of something known and familiar to Forster in the two younger brothers—Freddy Honeychurch and Tibby Schlegel. For a critique on early 20th century English society, I found it surprisingly filled with hope, beauty, and romance. There's a late-coming-of-age go at Lucy piecing together her own desires for life, and breaking free from the chains of society.

Audiobook, the Rebecca Hall version, A Room with a View: Rebecca Hall's voice and acting ability were brilliant for this. Her accents, both her own and any affected, as well as her interpretations of the characters, cleanly and neatly cemented this entanglement with the 1985 movie version in my mind. She brought this to life in such a way that felt truest to the tone and delivery in which the book was intended. I'd love to hear more from her.

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  • Qtsbuster
  • 23-03-19

Absolutely Brilliant!

I have long loved this movie and seen it many times. I jumped at the chance to add it to my Audible collection. The very best thing about this is the reading of it. Rebecca Hall delivered the very best reading of any book I have ever heard. She is absolutely a brilliant and necessary addition to this wonderful story. I cannot say enough how much I enjoyed her performance of this classic!