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Summary

Maurice by E.M. Forster is the story of a young man struggling with his sexuality at the beginning of the 20th century.    

Written between 1913 and 1914, it was published over 50 years later, the author believing that due to public and legal attitudes to homosexuality, to publish it in his lifetime would signal an end to his career.   

Maurice is now considered to be one of the most groundbreaking and significant novels of the LGBT+ canon, and in this brand-new recording Ben Whishaw (Mary Poppins Returns, Paddington, A Very English Scandal) gives an emotive and mesmerising performance.  

Photo Credit: Tomo Brejc

©1971 E. M. Forster (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

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Magnificent reading of a splendid novel

Maurice is a favourite book of mine. Ben's performance suits the text perfectly. Highly recommended.

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wow wow wow

Can Ben Whishaw read everything please? One of our best actors reading this lovely novel is a real treat! Have never spent a credit quicker.

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An open book in closed times

E.M Forster lays the body down in this groundbreaking volume in a most beautifully intellectual way. I was taken in from the first chapter.

The battle for the rights of those in the LGBTQ I+ community has been a slog and this book really shines the brightest light on it.

The dynamics of how homosexuality is handled back in Forster's England is no different to now, only that he would be glad that the demonisation has lessened.

Ben Whishaw narrates the book with dexterity and a tonal power with the softness of a butterfly. I felt this book deeply because it isn't just about sex but about a life to hang it on to.

Maurice is an open book in closed times.

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Sublime

Wonderful, painful, beautiful - one of my all time favourite novels. Ben Whishaw’s reading is beyond perfect.

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Maurice

What a beautifully read story. It was perfect. Especially the explanation at the end. A period piece that must have been revolutionary at the time when it were written.

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Irritating

An irritating story of a closeted man set, of course, in another era. The book is nicely read but now as always men who hide their sexuality irritate me. What makes them so special.
A long career in shell oil allowed me to field questions from colleagues asking how their intimates knew they were gay? Who cares

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A beautifully told classic

I come back to this book at least every two years and this audio version is beautifully told and acted by Ben Whishaw. Despite its time, it’s the fight of two men have to love each other with class, religion and hypocrisy all doing their best to stop them. Enjoy!

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Superb

Ben Whishaw's masterful rendering of this brilliant novel is a match made in heaven. The intuitive response to the text by the narrator makes for an engaging, indeed compelling work and one to which one will return again and again.

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Dreary performance from Ben Whishaw

Predictable story about ‘forbidden’ love in the 50’s. Very depressing and some how Ben Whishaws’ rendition makes it worse.
Did not enjoy it at all.

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Wonderful

Everything about it was wonderful the story, the writing and the narration. I definitely recommend you stay for the afterword too as that is also great.

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Whishaw’s performance is phenomenal

I wrote to Audible a few years ago hoping them to invite Ben Whishaw to do audiobooks. Finally Brief Answer to the Big Questions was released and now Maurice. Whishaw’s performance is phenomenal. Silky, musical voice. Total enjoyment to my ears.