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Extended Audio Sample Where Angels Fear to Tread, by E. M. Forster
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:
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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.

Part of a collection of vintage recordings taken from the Penguin Archives, the Penguin English Library offers affordable, collectable, quality productions that are perfect for on-the-go listening.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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