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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,385 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: E. M. Forster Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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E. M. Forster’s first novel explores the comic and tragic effects of culture clash between insular, provincial British personalities and sensual Italian culture and atmosphere.

Lilia Herriton, an impulsive thirty-three-year-old widow from London, travels to Tuscany, where she falls in love with both Italy and the handsome, carefree Gino Carella, a dentist’s son twelve years her junior. When news reaches the snobbish Herriton family that Lilia intends to marry again, this time to an unsuitable Italian, the domineering Mrs. Herriton sends her son, Philip, to prevent the catastrophe—but he arrives too late.

When tragedy strikes, the Herriton family decides to bring Lilia’s infant son to England to be brought up properly—but not everyone is satisfied with the situation.

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  • “It remains an unexpected delight that so much of this author’s work has found its way to the screen. Forster’s first novel, Where Angels Fear to Tread, is as enveloping as any of the other Forster books that have been filmed.”

    New York Times

  • Where Angels Fear to Tread is not at all the kind of book that its title suggests. It is not mawkish or sentimental or commonplace. The motive of the story…is familiar and ordinary enough, but the setting and treatment of this motive are almost startlingly original.”

    Guardian (London)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jennifer | 2/7/2014

    " All four characters go to hot, beautiful Italy where their frigid, English sensibilities melt to reveal, gasp, some real emotion. However, by the end of it, all characters seem the worse off for going to Italy and meeting with one typically Italian man (beautiful, lounging, flattering, spitting etc.) who is also the worse off for knowing them. So what is the message here - to state that the English have a way of ruining good times in foreign lands? - to keep repressed English society on the straight and narrow? - to warn against falling in love with those smooth talkin' Italians? - to show that the combined product of English control and Italian languor will be ripped to shreds? This story was one big clash of English and Italian customs, mainly with the English characters clashing against themselves, all their uppity rules and their lack of self-awareness. It was humorous, tragic, and highly enjoyable. "

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

    " This book made me feel as if I were reading a classy soap opera script. The plot has several twists that keep the reader hooked and guessing what is going to happen next. Even though it is a tragedy, it is highly sarcastic and funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Hannah | 1/19/2014

    " Read with my students years ago. Enjoyed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michelle | 1/16/2014

    " The title has little to do with the story. It was thought up by an editor and makes the book sound more interesting and mysterious than it actually is. Forster wanted to name it after a Town. If it had been named as Forster had wanted I probably wouldn't have been drawn to read this book. On the whole it didn't live up to my expectations. "

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