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A Room with a View

Written by: E. M. Forster
Narrated by: Rebecca Hall
Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
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Publisher's 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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Great performance of a classic Forster novel

This is a classic Forster comedy of manners, satirizing the stuffiness of the upper middle classes in Edwardian Britain. Rebecca Hall vividly evoked each character and brought Forster's witty dialogue to life. I first read this novel when I was in Florence, by the Arno, in a room without a view. This performance took me back there.

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Excellent narration of well known story.

Voiced with perfect pace and tone for the content. The character portrayals were the same as for the 1985 film. This made listening like walking along a familiar path in the early summer light. The story follows the same trajectory of myriads of romance stories but with an intelligence, sharpness and inventiveness lacking in many of that genre’s works.

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Movie much?

This narrator was splendid. The film adaptation kept so much to the book and the narrator recreates the actors voices you feel as though you are listening to the film. That wouldn't necessarily be a good thing but is enjoyable in this case.

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  • Robert
  • 2019-01-19

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
  • 2018-09-18

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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