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Howards End

Narrated by: Colleen Prendergast
Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
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The disregard of a dying woman's bequest, a girl's attempt to help an impoverished clerk, and the marriage of an idealist and a materialist intersect at an estate called Howards End.

There, the lives of three families become entangled. The Wilcoxes, who own the estate, are a wealthy family who made their fortune in the American colonies. The Schlegel siblings - Margaret, Helen, and Tibby - are lively socialites whose spirited and active lifestyles are representative of the intellectual bourgeoisie. And the Basts are a young couple from a lower-class background who are struggling to survive. As chance brings them together, societal conventions come into question as does the ownership of Howards End.

Through the fate of the estate - as well as the lives of the families who are affiliated with it - Forster creates a brilliant parallel to the fate of English society itself.

Public Domain (P)2018 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Lightweight Reading

I guess most people are familiar with the story, I am, from the TV and film adaptations. I wanted to get the unabridged full fat version.
That was delivered, but to me the performance was lightweight. The reader used seemingly her own natural voice which was a little to 21st Century Estuary English for me. I realise a stilted RP might be equally irritating, but women of the at the time of the book just wouldn't sound like they were ordering a "flat whte to go" in Shoreditch café.
The two sisters "voices" were indistinguishable and the masculine characters weak too.
it didn't ruin the book, but I wish a less paperback romance/reading to children voice had been adopted.