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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,387 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: E. M. Forster Narrator: Stephen Fry Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN:
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Penguin Classics presents E.M. Forster's Where Angels Fear to Tread, adapted for listening and now available as a digital audiobook as part of the Penguin English Library series. This abridged version is read by Stephen Fry.

I had got an idea that everyone here spent their lives in making little sacrifices for objects they didn't care for, to please people they didn't love; that they never learned to be sincere - and, what's as bad, never learned how to enjoy themselves.

E. M. Forster's first novel is a witty comedy of manners that is tinged with tragedy. It tells the story of Lilia Herriton, who proves to be an embarrassment to her late husband's family as, in the small Tuscan town of Monteriano, she begins a relationship with a much younger Italian man - classless, uncouth, and highly unsuitable. A subtle attack on decorous Edwardian values and a humanely sympathetic portrayal of the clash of two cultures, Where Angels Fear to Tread is also a profound exploration of character and virtue.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jett | 2/17/2014

    " It's not bad; it's probably better than 90% of novels currently being written, but it's Forster's first novel, and you can see him here figuring out what's going to happen in the novels he's yet to write. It's all here--the vulgarity of the the English upper middle classes; the stifled young people looking for pure beauty; the lower class man impregnating suddenly the upper class woman; the misunderstandings; the wit; the sudden random tragedy that turns everything around, but is still predictable. It's all here, but it's just not as good as the later books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 2/9/2014

    " Read with my students years ago. Enjoyed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 1/10/2014

    " Couldn't get into the book, may try to read some time in the future "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey | 1/8/2014

    " eh. it was pretty good. i felt like i was reading the first novel of an author i would eventually love love love. usually i find the ends of his novels wonderfully dramatic and emotional, but this one didn't quite pack the punch for me. and the characters were way flatter than in howard's end or room with a view. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 1/5/2014

    " Read this one for book club. All I knew of E.M. Forster to this point was the movie version of "Room with a View." Reading this novel was a nice window into Forster's written style. It is a biting indictment of the culture of its time; very interesting. This one was not the "happy ending" type; in fact, I'd call it a tragedy. But very well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachael | 1/4/2014

    " This book is totally worth the read for the batshit insane ending!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annette | 1/1/2014

    " Engaging story but kind of difficult classical English language to work through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erik Raschke | 1/1/2014

    " A little tedious at first, but amazing at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 12/28/2013

    " What would you do if your sister-in-law died in childbirth? Would you travel to another country to claim the child away from his father? This story is about what "the polite society" of the turn of the 19th century would do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 11/18/2013

    " Ahh, some early 20th C British sensibility - just what I needed! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Wolf | 11/14/2013

    " Another of Forster's "an Englishman aboard" novels. He really captures the difference between the British & the Italians. BTW, a fine film was made from this! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 HD | 11/13/2013

    " It suits my personality to read about people being transfigured by trips abroad, which is partly what this book is about. This may sound twee to some, but I think the things E.M. Forster says about how individuals interact with others and, also, with culture are on very solid ground. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne | 11/8/2013

    " There is a lot of great writing in this little package of a book. Wry, insightful, sometimes funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 11/4/2013

    " I think I liked it....I liked it while I was reading it...but I don't really understand the ending...did it end? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 8/20/2013

    " After have listened to this book, I decided to read the printed version. I didn't regret it, on the contrary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 7/31/2013

    " Enjoyable book. Read it outloud with daniel while we drove to switzerland. Kind of predictable by the end, but still fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 5/12/2013

    " What is it about Forster's books that they fade from memory so quickly. Pleasant to read but unmemorable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arvind | 1/27/2013

    " A really good book if you are fascinated by Italy, the story is well-crafted and there is subtle humour in the serious situation. An enjoyable read overall, although a few incidents in the book were probably uncalled for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 11/8/2012

    " One of Forster's deceptively light novels like Room with a View...much more there than immediately meets the eye, though nothing of the density of Howards End and Passage to India. Very good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Taylor | 5/27/2012

    " I like E.M. Forester's writing style. I liked this novel just fine, but I didn't find it as emotionally gripping as I thought I would after reading the synopsis. Still an excellent novel though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 5/20/2012

    " Forster's look at humanity is refreshing and endearing, as fresh today as it must have been in his era. Not quite as wonderful as A Room with a View, but a recommended read nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 5/16/2012

    " I didn't like this as much as Room with a view but still very good and similar in topics. "

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About the Author

Edward Morgan Forster (1879–1970) was born in London and raised by his mother and paternal aunts. He pursued his interests in philosophy and classics at Cambridge and there began his writing. He wrote six novels, short stories, essays, and other nonfiction. He is known for his liberal humanism, notably exemplified in his greatest novel, A Passage to India.

About the Narrator

Stephen Fry is a celebrated actor, novelist, journalist, presenter, intellectual, wit, and winner of several AudioFile Earphones Award for narration. He has produced four novels and two volumes of autobiography and has written for radio shows and television. His television credits include Jeeves and Wooster and Blackadder, and he hosted the BBC TV series QI. His readings of the Harry Potter books have won him huge acclaim and several awards.