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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,311 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry James Narrator: Susan O’Malley Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455178087
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“What the European male fails to understand is that the American Girl is innocent by definition, mythically innocent; and that her purity depends upon nothing she says or does…”—Leslie Fiedler

When Frederick, an American expatriate traveling in Europe, meets the newly rich Miller family from New York, he is charmed by the daughter, Daisy, and her “inscrutable combination of audacity and innocence.” The Millers have no perception of the complex behavioral code that underlies European society, and Winterbourne is astonished at the girl’s unworldliness and her mother’s unconcern when Daisy accompanies him to the Castle of Chillon. Some months later, he meets the family in Rome, where Daisy has aroused suspicion among the American colony by being seen constantly with a third-rate Italian. Ostracized by former friends who think her “intrigue” has gone too far, Daisy denies that she is engaged to Giovanelli. Publicly, Winterbourne defends her as simply uncultivated, but privately, he hesitates.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In Daisy Miller there is the seed of what we are to find in full bloom at the end of [James’] career...the pitting of the values of America against those of Europe. The reason Daisy has nothing in common with her fellow Americans in Rome is because they subscribe to the European way of looking at life, a way which so many of James’s novels reveal to be shallow, superficial and cynical. Daisy is honest, fresh and open.”

    Geoffrey Moore

  • “What the European male fails to understand is that the American girl is innocent by definition, mythically innocent; and that her purity depends upon nothing she says or does.”

    Leslie Fiedler    

  • Daisy Miller uses the contrast between American innocence and European sophistication as a powerful tool with which to examine social conventions.”

    Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature

  • “By maintaining a vigorous, satisfying pace, Susan O’Malley holds the listener’s attention admirably. Her reading is intelligent and agreeable.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brittany Seyb | 2/19/2014

    " Read this short story during my last long semester of college and frankly couldn't stand it. I don't give a damn about Daisy "Vapid to all degree" Miller. I didn't like her at all and I don't see how anyone could like her, she isn't charming with her stupidity, she isn't really pretty. The setting of the story is pretty. I really didn't care too much for it. I'm sure I will re-read it one of these days and I hope that when I do I'm humming a different tune afterwards. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ciera | 2/18/2014

    " Loved this book! The irony/foreshadowing was wonderful! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Flannery | 2/17/2014

    " Re-read this -- still as good as the first time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/16/2014

    " Daisy Miller is a novel about the eye-raising behavior of an American Girl traveling in Europe. he acts without discretion and is an outrageous flirt. All of the expats shun her, intending to let European society know that this is not how American girls act. Daisy Miller is an examination of Victorian Morals at its best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 KC Ryan | 2/16/2014

    " Eh... the story was okay. But I like the writing style, so I might give this Henry James kid another go. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 2/15/2014

    " An interesting quick short story about women and society in such a different time period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 2/13/2014

    " At a little over 2 hours long this is a good quick "read" when you want a break from a long novel. It's a very interesting view of American girls in the late 1800s, with a curious ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 2/12/2014

    " If you didn't want to visit Europe before this book, you will now. I love the slow-moving James books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 2/12/2014

    " super easy read for an 1879 book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea | 2/7/2014

    " This novella was a wonderful story and wonderfully written, but wasn't necessarily a fantastic read, in that it didn't have enough plot development to make it a favorite of mine- however, that is largely in part because it is a novella rather than a novel. It gave an excellent character analysis on flirtatious young women and men, and how others viewing them act in response. There wasn't a "lesson learned," per se, at the end, but it did leave the reader considering character behaviors and flaws in great depth. An excellent little story by the classic James. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Teh | 2/6/2014

    " This novella was a great and surprisingly complex read. It depicts the antiquated upper class society as a shallow one that the main character, Daisy, would like to be a part of. She eventually becomes its spectacle, which leads to her demise. The shallowness and emptiness of both upper class society and Daisy, and their inability to accept each other was intricately woven in this short, 80-90 page novella. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyson | 2/3/2014

    " Still pertinent today in exposing the tension between European sophistication and American naivety. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 2/3/2014

    " Maybe I'm geting old. I would have run screaming from this in college, but thought of my nieces in the character of Daisy Miller, besides who could resist her brother? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veronique | 2/1/2014

    " A minor early Henry James but apparently a must-read for fans. Now that I've read it I can see why. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Clark | 1/31/2014

    " Live life to the fullest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay | 1/30/2014

    " James' prose and characters is amazingly complex and intriguing. One of my favorites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Soniya Sheth | 1/29/2014

    " I thought Daisy Miller was a decent book in the case that it was different from all the books I've read before. The book was classified differently because it was a love story but didn't technically end with a happy ending. I liked the fact that the second love story came in because it added a twist and a nice climax to the book. I also liked how the message of how society corrupts a person and kills them in this case Daisy Miller who was engulfed by the cruelty of the societal views. I only didn't like the fact that i expected the book to have more to it and elaborate. It was alright in it's sense and I would recommend to read it at least once to experience a different kind of story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 1/29/2014

    " I had to read this for a class a few years ago and it fostered a real appreciation from Miller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 TAB | 1/23/2014

    " Opened my eyes to the fact that American girls have been different from the rest since 1878 at least. Stupendous story on the level with Breakfast at Tiffany's. And as much as you might think, the way boys react around these uncultivated coquettes is still the same. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Liezl Zeeman | 1/21/2014

    " Daisy Miller is a short novel about a young man named Winterbourne. He goes to Vevey, Switzerland to visit his aunt, Mrs. Costello. Once there, he meets a girl named Daisy Miller. Daisy is talked about often because of her many gentlemen friends. Winterbourne finds her very interesting and starts to like her. They soon meet again in Rome where their friendship continues. I did not really like this book. It was very short so not much happened in the chapters. It did not have much of a plot or even a climax. I would not recommend others to read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Inkpenshmee | 1/20/2014

    " I read this book for a book report and I must say that I did not enjoy it, not even for a moment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Scow | 1/20/2014

    " Henry James can write a character like nobody else can. The plot isn't what makes it stand out- it's his character description. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sneh Pradhan | 1/20/2014

    " The premise was certainly novel ( esp for those times ) and admirable , for introducing the character of a frank,witty,adventurous and charming young lady who basically just doesn't think about what others think of her . But the double-standards of the ending stained the entire theme . Disappointed ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andi | 1/18/2014

    " A nice little novella about a very annoying American girl (Daisy Miller, of course). It's not immediately clear if Daisy's behavior is innocent and naive or calculating and brash. Kinda like my dog. I think I picked a good name for her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaclyn | 1/18/2014

    " This is an intersting short story by Henry James. I first got into Henry James from reading the book 'Reading Lolita in Tehran', and I remember the author talked about Daisy Miller several times. After I finished the book, I kinda thought: 'what's the big deal?' I guess I didn't really read deeply into a lot of the themes, but I liked the book. I love James's style of writing and it's amazing how you can almost think along with his characters because he describes them so vividly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 1/18/2014

    " An interesting quick short story about women and society in such a different time period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 1/18/2014

    " A short but very interesting tale of an American girl. I loved that Winterbourne realised (at times) that she was just a plain old "flirt" however he still felt attracted to her as a mystery and wanted to solve it. Very absorbing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauri | 1/15/2014

    " This was a manageable read on which to study James' early writing style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maxfield | 1/15/2014

    " Somewhat better than your average James novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fatima | 1/14/2014

    " An interesting little book about a controversial high society american girl in the late nineteenth century. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Glenn Hinkley | 1/14/2014

    " Honestly, this book approaches atrocious. The narrator, Fredrick Forsyth Winterbourne, appears as torn, hesitant, and overly formal. As anyone can predict, he takes up a strong liking for Daisy Miller, a free-thinking life loving American who is the manifestation of innocence. She becomes best friends with an Italian, Giovanelli, with whom everyone assumes she is engaged to. She ends up dying because she hung out with him too much. But this book is not about romance or one man's fancies, but about the comparison of proper English and typical American dialogues. The dialect consistently switches European languages, making reading difficult. The author also on a consistent basis lapses into descriptions of Daisy which, if anything, detract from the intentions of Henry James. Also, the characters switch languages in the middle of sentences. Almost all of them have an arrogant and selfish attitude towards everything, except Daisy Miller, which was James' point. All in all, the book depicts everyone in very shallow descriptions, with no character development, everyone is insulting and insolent, and the book ends with Daisy dying and noone overly emotional, like death is a daily occurance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 1/7/2014

    " Didactic and moralistic. Trite ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ankita | 1/5/2014

    " Rarely do you find a book of such times where the heroine does what she wants to do with utter disregard to what the society or decorum demands of her..........loved it!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Tuley | 1/4/2014

    " Henry James is one of those writers I admire without loving him. I don't know that his work has survived as timelessly as some others.' "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 12/30/2013

    " I guess that I just won't understand the fascination with this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 D. | 12/29/2013

    " I am admittedly having trouble separating the quality and style of this work from its substance. It is by turns saccharine and damning and I don't particularly like what Miller's saying. It makes backwards time travel less and less appealing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra | 12/28/2013

    " what a great little novel written in the same tone as one of Jane Austen's tomes...worth reading... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauren | 12/27/2013

    " Idiot child. Had no more sense than an orange. But that's not kind to say about oranges. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 12/25/2013

    " Loved dissecting the symbolism in a lit class I took, but the story itself was rather flat. I guess the beauty is seen when looking between the lines :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 12/23/2013

    " Another assigned reading that I think I would appreciate much more now than then. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyssa Wayt | 12/21/2013

    " I have heard so much greatness about Henry James, and I figured it was about time I tried him out! So I got the shortest book of his I could find, and it happened to be this one. I really liked this book. It is about a man in Europe who fancy's a girl. It is a simple, short story. The writing style is amazing though, and it was really flowy, if that makes sense. I am happy to say that I will be reading more by this author. (: "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary Helen | 12/21/2013

    " This story was very slow moving. I didn't feel invested in either the speaker's character or in the character of Daisy Miller. I didn't sense the chemistry between the two of them at all. Wonderful scenic descriptions, though! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Boreal Elizabeth | 12/16/2013

    " loved his writing style-totally took me there "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Felicity | 12/15/2013

    " I didn't actually mind this as much as I expected. Although I had to read it for uni I found it quite easy to read, and James' beautiful style makes it more enjoyable. Pretty pointless story for anyone in today's society to understand or care about, but it can be appreciated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly | 12/15/2013

    " This is the first novel of James' that I read, and I only mildly enjoyed it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Hilary | 12/13/2013

    " Awful book! Daisy was a superficial flirt who was mostly hated by everyone around her. The characters were badly drawn, and the book was simply awful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyson | 12/9/2013

    " Still pertinent today in exposing the tension between European sophistication and American naivety. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 12/9/2013

    " Shorter Daisy Miller: Unmannered women must be punished. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 12/5/2013

    " This short story by Henry James reminded me a little of "A Room With a View" but with a sad ending. It's a good quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deirdre Flynn | 12/5/2013

    " Daisy is the subject of much scandalous gossip one season in Rome, and her clueless mother let it all happen. She was willing to be daring, but she unfortunately isn't sympathetic. "

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

    " i like this book. i think its interesting how people view American girls and the role each woman have to play in a society. i definitely recommend people to read it especially American girls. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 12/4/2013

    " loved the writing and the word choice "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Arlene | 11/25/2013

    " Not my cup of tea... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Olivia | 11/24/2013

    " American girl - naive or just ignorant of everything? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 11/22/2013

    " My favorite Henry James. Beautiful. He somehow writes women so well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clara | 11/17/2013

    " Sweet & succinct: it makes me want to read something more substantial by H. James. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kellie | 11/6/2013

    " This was my first Henry James novel. It was very readable and had some funny moments. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cora | 11/3/2013

    " I fell in love with Daisy after reading this book. Henry James does a good job of fully developing his characters and leaving his reader guessing what is going to happen next. If you are not heartbroken by the end of this book then you have not read it right. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 W.B. | 10/11/2013

    " Melodrama, melodrama, melodrama. On to die like Daisy in Rome! The vapors! The vapors! The vapors of room killed her, delicate spirit! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindi | 9/24/2013

    " Inspired by "Reading Lolita in Tehran", I reread "Daisy Miller" today. It's magnificent writing made James famous and made the book a classic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meghan | 7/14/2013

    " This isn't my favourite novel by Henry James, but I think that if you're a fan of his later work, this book is interesting for the way it anticipates the themes and characters of his mature novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wil | 6/29/2013

    " I have never been a fan of James, but re-reading this with my book group was fun, although neither challenging nor exciting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen Pierson | 6/7/2013

    " great introduction to henry james and ninteenth century literature as a whole. an easy read despite flowery language, and memorable story that would never happen now (or would it?) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erik | 5/16/2013

    " Not bad. A much better experience than my futile attempt at The Ambassadors. Anyone read Washington Square? It's part of this edition. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay | 5/13/2013

    " James' prose and characters is amazingly complex and intriguing. One of my favorites. "

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

    " Live life to the fullest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ciera | 3/6/2013

    " Loved this book! The irony/foreshadowing was wonderful! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amber | 3/4/2013

    " Ah, the Victorian frustrations of nouveau riche Americans traveling abroad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyson | 12/23/2012

    " Still pertinent today in exposing the tension between European sophistication and American naivety. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Am | 10/1/2012

    " Ouch! Flirty American lasses, beware! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eve | 9/23/2012

    " I've never been able to get through more than a page or two of James before but this was a nice snack-sized piece to finally get started with. I think I may be ready to go a little farther... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stefanie Lubkowski | 9/8/2012

    " I liked the writing, the way the charcters were drawn. I could never tell if James was critical of winterbourne's attitude (he was critical of her openness and at the same time, eager to exploit it) toward Daisy or not. the ending was abrupt and left a lot of things unresolved though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy Reid | 3/20/2012

    " This books was just ok for me. Didn't love it, didn't hate it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 3/16/2012

    " Maybe it was just because I was in a mood for more Fitzgerald, but 'Daisy Miller' was a stuffy, pretentious yawn. I felt more sympathy for Randolph, the precocious little brother, and Daisy's foolish little Italian lover than for either of the main characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Subhash | 1/11/2012

    " Simple and elegant short story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 12/25/2011

    " A great story about the mores of Victorian Europe and America. A young American girl shocks society with actions that are never quite revealed. With the deliberately written haziness of this "shocking" behavior, you can just see the well-heeled biddies whispering behind their hands. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Boreal Elizabeth | 10/1/2011

    " loved his writing style-totally took me there "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie Ethington | 8/14/2011

    " A tragic romance. It was OK. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Peter | 8/1/2011

    " Let this be the one book I give just one star. It's terrible. Dull plot and dull characters. The fact that it's a "classic" should only be taken to mean that the language "sounds" "classic" in the most dull, stereotypical sense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Coki | 7/8/2011

    " short enough to read over lunch, accessible enough to enjoy, literary enough to make me feel proud of myself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 4/28/2011

    " I guess that I just won't understand the fascination with this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 3/8/2011

    " This short story by Henry James reminded me a little of "A Room With a View" but with a sad ending. It's a good quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 10/21/2010

    " At first, I gave this three stars. But I realized I wasn't being fair. I loved the booked, but HATED Daisy. What a B! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maribel | 10/10/2010

    " James' writing is so provocative. I enjoyed the free spirit of the characters in this book very much especially when you consider the day and age they were "living" in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen Kempfert | 10/1/2010

    " I appreciated the structure of the book. The book itself was like gossip which parallel the point that gossip is so rampant and important toward someone's reputation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 9/12/2010

    " Maybe I'm geting old. I would have run screaming from this in college, but thought of my nieces in the character of Daisy Miller, besides who could resist her brother? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wes Young | 6/14/2010

    " boy, do I ever hate henry james "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonita Bakrie | 6/1/2010

    " This book is amazing to read.. Daisy Miller has a sense of literature in innocent, morals, expatriate and blind love.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linden | 5/28/2010

    " A funny and touching novella that highlights the foibles of European and American society and human interaction, and both the quiet tragedy that results from defying convention and the ways that societal conventions self perpetuate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Batya Artist | 5/5/2010

    " Found the theme relevant to today despite the different era, about being a non-conformist. Interesting the way the narrator's voice exposes many of his own conflicts and keeps the plot moving. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 4/20/2010

    " Beautiful novella by James. Daisy is a beacon of light for 19th century women, taking a stand against conventional society by demonstrating freedom and spirit for the liberated female. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emily | 3/16/2010

    " Capricious women deserve to die, and then they do. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 1/27/2010

    " Typical Victorian story. I think I've read too many, and I am bored with the whole genre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ciera | 12/15/2009

    " Loved this book! The irony/foreshadowing was wonderful! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane Stubbs | 11/18/2009

    " i don't remember the first time i read this, but i remember liking it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darlene | 9/15/2009

    " this is the only henry james book i have enjoyed so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Atw74 | 8/4/2009

    " I'd probably give this 3.5 stars instead of 4. Interesting but not overly so. A bit melancholy, but not too deep; in fact, maybe not deep enough. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dianna | 1/23/2009

    " Should I have a category for "read but don't remember" lol "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brier | 9/29/2008

    " I love Henry James. Even though it was required reading for an Am Lit class, I have read the book before. Daisy is a character who just gets under my skin. Beautifully written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ian Parfrey | 10/9/2007

    " while it's a decently enjoyable read, i'm not sure what henry james does that earlier 19th century authors don't do better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrianna | 12/18/2006

    " It was a great book, good message and I was pleasantly happy that i enjoyed a book on my summer reading list! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 10/14/2001

    " A very good story that's harmed by an ending wrapped up too quickly. Still, I quite liked it. I'd like to read more by James. His prose was quite nice, staying on the good side of flowery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz Crowley | 8/29/2001

    " Anything in this time period about ex-patriots, new money, is excellent "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Subhash | 4/24/2000

    " Simple and elegant short story. "

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About the Author
Author Henry James

Henry James (1843–1916), American novelist, short-story writer, and man of letters, was born in Washington Place, New York, to a family of distinguished philosophers and theologians. He attended schools in New York, Boston, and throughout Europe, where he later settled. A major figure in the history of the novel, he is celebrated as a master craftsman who brought his great art and impeccable technique to bear in the development of abiding moral themes.

About the Narrator

Susan O’Malley (a.k.a. Bernadette Dunne) is the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.