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Where Angels Fear to Tread

By: E. M. Forster
Narrated by: Edward Petherbridge
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Summary

When attractive, impulsive English widow Lilia takes a holiday in Italy, she causes a scandal by marrying Gino, a dashing and highly unsuitable Italian 12 years her junior. Her prim, snobbish in-laws make no attempt to hide their disapproval, and when Lilia's decision eventually brings disaster, her English relatives embark on an expedition to face the uncouth foreigner. But when they are confronted by the beauty of Italy and the charm and vitality of the disreputable Gino, they are forced to examine their own narrow lives. Their reactions are emotional, violent, and unexpected.

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WHY can't the horrid voice of Audible WAIT?

I can't bear the way the man who sounds like an ugly ivy league bullfrog who "hopes you have enjoyed this programme" bellows at the listener the second the story ends! I am hoping to reflect on the carefully crafted last paragraphs of novels and instead this voice pitches in, in case, God forbid, we have forgotten which service we are using. We are already signed up! You don't need to keep selling the product.

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EM Forster genius

I love his beautifully observed satire and the affection he has for his characters. This book is perfectly performed and I preferred it to the version read by Stephen Fry. Stephen Fry is brilliant but lacks depth of understanding when portraying women. The story is of an English family undone by their own prejudices and arrogances.

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unexpected pleasure

this was so well read and such a sad and modern story I couldn't stop listening. with great sneaky jokes and a cast of complicated and interesting characters, twists and surprises I couln't understand why it hadn't been made into a film - but apparently it has. now I need to decide whether to watch it or keep it in my imagination.

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Wonderfully narrated

I found the story a bit uneven but Petherbridge has the perfect tone for EM Forster, which made it a pleasure to listen to.

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Poor narration, Badly edited

There are odd pauses at random places where different bits of recording have been put together.

The narrator often does voices in a way that’s hesitant or timid, which does fit with the story but it’s very hard to hear what’s being said, even on max volume.

I would recommend checking out another recording, or reading the book.

As for the story, it’s alright, but not as good as ‘A Room With A View’.

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This brilliant book excellently read with sensitivity and passion.

So wonderful to hear this unabridged version. Edward Petherbridge was a joy to listen to. Many thanks indeed to Audible

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Different narrator please

A touching story is almost ruined by a theatrical Italian accent of the narrator. What’s the point of putting it on when Italian characters speak Italian?!

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Very poor sound quality so had to give up .

This was very disappointing.and not up to Audibles usual standard. The narrator seemed to be speaking really quickly and I found it difficult to understand what was going on.

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