Howards End


Read by Elizabeth Klett

(4.6 stars; 289 reviews)

The book is about three families in England at the beginning of the twentieth century. The three families represent different gradations of the Edwardian middle class: the Wilcoxes, who are rich capitalists with a fortune made in the Colonies; the half-German Schlegel siblings (Margaret, Tibby, and Helen), who represent the intellectual bourgeoisie and have a lot in common with the real-life Bloomsbury Group; and the Basts, a couple who are struggling members of the lower-middle class. The Schlegel sisters try to help the poor Basts and try to make the Wilcoxes less prejudiced. The motto of the book is "Only connect..."

(12 hr 11 min)

Chapters

Chapter 01 8:26 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 02 14:50 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 03 21:12 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 04 19:18 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 05 31:01 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 06 23:02 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 07 18:13 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 08 21:19 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 09 12:56 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 10 19:36 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 11 30:16 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 12 13:49 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 13 17:31 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 14 22:55 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 15 25:14 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 16 24:14 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 17 15:29 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 18 20:33 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 19 20:51 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 20 16:35 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 21 3:25 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 22 16:36 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 23 18:52 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 24 10:05 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 25 21:05 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 26 31:10 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 27 13:53 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 28 8:14 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 29 13:21 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 30 14:06 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 31 12:02 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 32 8:06 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 33 18:11 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 34 21:10 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 35 8:33 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 36 5:48 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 37 21:25 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 38 13:19 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 39 5:01 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 40 9:56 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 41 20:59 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 42 9:00 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 43 11:44 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 44 18:23 Read by Elizabeth Klett

Reviews

A Wonderful Story

(5 stars)

I have wanted to know this story for years and I'm so glad I waited until I could listen to it read by Elizabeth Klett. She made the characters come alive and brought forth all the richness of the prose is a beautiful way.

Forster's Style

(4 stars)

Reading Howard's End, I felt as if I were casually walking with EM Forster through a house, conversing. The way would be clear and the flooring beautiful, but turning into a room I would find myself halfway in, only to look down and see I was surrounded by snakes, or rats, or something unpleasant. That was how it seemed as I listened to Elizabeth's excellent reading, following each word closely, only to realize that something shocking or terrible had just occurred, like the manslaughter of a man. Or the death of a wife. I knew almost nothing about Forster and had never read him before, but I would like to read, or in this case hear, more of his works now.

Another 5 Stars for Elizabeth Klett!

(4.5 stars)

I don’t know why my screen wouldn’t show 5 stars, but that is what I intend. Because the novel is a classic (and only the best become classics; otherwise it’s a matter of personal taste), my ratings on LibriVox books reflect the narrator and not the content. So it is to you, Elizabeth, to whom I give my 5 stars. Little price in exchange for the hours of your generosity and wonderful narration, lovely in its American and English accents both.

Another triumph by Ms. Klett!

(5 stars)

I read this in my 20s and it was frankly unmemorable, but Elizabeth I left has brought it to life. Her accomplishment is notable because she manages to seamlessly portray every character, without losing the listener. I know that a movie is in the works, but it seems much more valuable to hear the story in the author's original language, especially when read by someone who clearly understands and appeciates it.

Excellent title, excellent end!

(5 stars)

What an excellent storyline. All during this story, I felt as though I was there seeing and hearing all that was taking place. I could see the characters. Henry, full of arrogance. Margaret, trying to stand by and please her man. Helen , young, firery and rebellious. I could even feel the summer breeze and the fragrant hay in the air. I'll be spending a lot more time listening more audio books.

ahead of the time

(5 stars)

this book itself is impressively ahead of the time when it was written. but Elizabeth Klatt reads this perfectly. I admit I am rather partial to her reading in general but when I bought another Howard's End audio book read by someone else, I was compelled to hurry back to the safety of this audio book after the third into the book. simply could not take it any more.....

(5 stars)

The rating on this book was very low and the first volume high. I must say they got them mixed up. Elizabeth Klett is undoubtedly the very best reader in all of Libravox next to Richard Kilmer. Thank you Elizabeth for making this book so enjoyable. I started with the first volume and was bored to tears then I saw this second volume. Wow what a reader makes. Excellent well done!!!!!!

(5 stars)

I've listened to probably 20 or so LibriVox recordings, and this is by far the best one I've heard so far. The reader does an excellent job of making the voices of all the characters distinct without going over the top like some other recordings I've listened to. Excellent work!