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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (26,856 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: E. M. Forster Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this vibrant portrait of Edwardian England and the many intricacies of class relations in English society during the turn of the century, two families with conflicting values are brought together by an inheritance dispute over a charming country house called Howards End. Sisters Margaret and Helen Schlegel and their brother Tibby place their values in civilized culture, music, literature, and conversation with their friends. Henry Wilcox and his children, Charles, Paul, and Evie, are concerned with the business side of life and distrust emotions and imagination. Through a series of romantic entanglements, disappearing wills, and sudden tragedy, the conflict over the house emerges as a symbolic struggle for England’s very future.

Regarded by many as Forster’s masterpiece, Howards End concerns the nature of class and social status and how they affect one’s relationships and well-being—for better or for worse.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Howards End is undoubtedly Forster’s masterpiece; it develops to their full the themes and attitudes of [his] early books and throws back upon them a new and enhancing light.”

    Lionel Trilling

  • “Nadia May’s reading of Howards End appropriately focuses attention on the book’s cast of female characters and Forster’s feminist beliefs. May is as skillful in differentiating among these women as she respectful of their strengths and intelligence. Add May’s English accent, flawless pacing, and obvious fondness for the text and the result is a thoughtful and rewarding experience.” 

    Library Journal

  • Howards End is a classic English novel…superb and wholly cherishable…one that admirers have no trouble reading over and over again.”

    Alfred Kazin

  • One of Modern Library's 100 Best English-Language Novels of the Twentieth Century

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jen Waldvogel | 2/17/2014

    " Beautiful characters! I love Margaret and Helen. I was surprised to find that the author was a man- he writes with a great understanding of women, though some of Margaret's changes/acquieses seemed out of character. The story rose and fell enough to keep the plot lively and the lead to the finale was very interesting. Good book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michele Yates | 2/14/2014

    " Beautifully written. Kept going back and re-reading wonderful sentences. Great character development. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Hanna | 2/5/2014

    " I'm struggling between liking and not liking this book. I loved the peaceful rhythm and elegance of the language, and there are many passages that make you stop and reflect on the quality and importance of human relations in your life. However, I was disappointed by the ending. Maybe i'm too modern for this book after all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Featherbooks | 1/28/2014

    " Reading the book in class was rewarding as we talked about far meatier subjects than I might have tackled on my own: the industrial revolution which brought aspirants like Leonard Bast and Jacky, too, into the city from the farm and made money for others like the Wilcoxes; the rise of feminism for those with time and education to embrace it; the mystical, ghostliness of Mrs. Avery, the housekeeper at Howard's End; changing morals with the rest of the cultural & social changes occurring; the altered landscape of London and affordable housing at the expense of the countryside and large estates; and what kind of future for Baby who is assured of money, education and WWII(portents of doom from Germany). "

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