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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: Rachel Bladon Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd. Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN:
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Daisy Miller is the story of an innocent girl's search for love and recognition in a society where respectable behaviour counts for everything. A masterpiece by the great American realist Henry James.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rakesh | 2/13/2014

    " A nice and short story that will surely appeal to people who want to get a better understanding of Europe and Europeans... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyssa | 2/12/2014

    " Frustrating story but a good read. James is a brilliant writer. It raises questions about what the "American" girl means and who she is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria Olsen | 2/11/2014

    " It's hard to call anything by Henry James a quick and easy read, but this story may come closest. It's beautifully contained and concise: the aptly name Winterbourne meets a charming American girl in Rome, flirts with her, condemns her careless behavior, and regrets it after her death. That's it. We're always in Winterbourne's head and perspective so we're never quite sure of Daisy ourselves, not even at the end when Winterbourne decides that all along she was too innocent to understand the whispers about her. By necessity Daisy is a cipher who swans through scenes as her literary successor Daisy Buchanan will a few generations later. She's all breeze, and the American expatriates in Rome don't know what to make of her. It's a wonderful commentary on the social confusion of the nouveau riche in America as well as class tensions between Americans and Europeans. But James is perhaps most impressive in his sheer restraint. He hardly tips his hand at all: what does he think of Daisy? It's really hard to say. His attitude toward Winterbourne is more obvious: James reveals him to be a prig whose belated appreciation of Daisy is about as stupid as his initial confusion. Winterbourne never seems to notice that he is himself one of the circling men taking advantage of this pretty young thing -- but James does. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 2/10/2014

    " I really liked it, but it was so frustrating. I hate manipulative flirts. I really hate manipulative flirts. I was frustrated much of the time. But it's a really good book. James explores not only the personality of manipulative flirts, but also the hypocrisy of the "good" people surrounding her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 1/30/2014

    " 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? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 task force manager | 1/23/2014

    " im probably going to delete this acct in like a month's time. huaehahuehehuehghea "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerry | 1/7/2014

    " Daisy Miller is an interesting study in the contrasts of old rich and new rich, European style contrasted to American style. Who displays the more shallow attitudes? This short book, like Daisy herself, can be discussed at length on many levels and on many topics. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sherry Nick | 1/6/2014

    " I have just finished it. It was awful or let me say its translation was awful. If you want to have fun read Fereshte Davaran's translation... I must read it at least once in English!!!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mandy | 1/5/2014

    " I didn't understand the point to this story. I kept reading thinking surely something was going to happen and when something did it just ended; making no sense. I was not impressed with this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen Kempfert | 12/17/2013

    " 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 Shannon | 12/15/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 12/14/2013

    " It wasn't painful to read, but for some reason, I feel like not much happened at all in this novella. I suppose I just don't enjoy novels like this, as A Room With A View wasn't my favorite either. However, I didn't DISlike it and it was well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne davis | 12/12/2013

    " Short, easy, delightful with a necessary but unexpected ending. At least for me. "

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

    " This was a fairly lightweight story of ex-pats roaming around Europe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yulia | 8/4/2013

    " a flimsy glance of an unintriguing character. i couldn't feel sorry for her; she seemed too frivolous to pity. and the double standard at the end is rather heavy-handed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendra | 7/9/2013

    " An interesting, very quick, story illuminating the culture clash between America and Europe in the 19th century. I enjoyed the book to a certain extent, but did not like any of the characters, and found the ending to be absolutely infuriating. I definitely need to read more James, though... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 6/27/2013

    " This book reads like it is about 40 years ahead of its time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cora | 4/2/2013

    " 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 Julia | 3/3/2013

    " If this hadn't been a relatively short story, I would have given up. All of the characters were unlikeable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 3/1/2013

    " I really enjoyed this novella. Sometimes I thought Daisy was so unaware of her surroundings and the social norms of where she was and at other times I thought she didn't give a hoot about those same things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 2/21/2013

    " Concise but rich. There's a lot packed into such a small number of pages. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 JoAnn | 4/18/2012

    " A pathetic morality parable where the title character us an incorrigible flirt who meets an untimely end as a result of her unbecoming behavior. The underlying message is she got what she deserved because she was not a good girl. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Synthia | 3/18/2012

    " It feels like the novel could be longer and then it comes to a close. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel C. | 2/4/2012

    " James is a skillful writer but I felt stifled by his story. (I feel the same way when I read Edith Wharton.) It's frustrating to read about a society so rigid and hostile, and the willfully ignorant women inevitably crushed by it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marta | 11/22/2011

    " Interesting. I would love to share thoughts on this with my book group. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 10/20/2011

    " Daisy Miller, my first James, so much more manageable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 10/13/2011

    " 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 Grig O' | 9/8/2011

    " A great short read. I loved how Daisy is impossible to pin down. Is it a matter of perspective (stuffy upper-class immigrants) or of a truly independent spirit? Well, DM kept me on my toes, so I'll say it's a bit of both. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stefanie Lubkowski | 6/16/2011

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorna | 5/15/2011

    " At first glance this would seem to be "girl meets boy, girl hurts boy........girl gets her "just" reward." In fact, is is so much more. I heard it described once as "a comdey of manners." I think that is an excellent 4 word description. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K | 5/13/2011

    " I love Daisy Miller. She's one of my favorite characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jake | 5/5/2011

    " James' classic novella of an out-of-place American overseas and the consequences of her actions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annemarie | 4/15/2011

    " Really enjoyed this book, but can't truly say why. I thought the protagonist didn't understand most of what was happening therefor I wasn't sure if I should commit to her, or to someone else. Well written and beautifully narrated but overall, was I supposed to like Daisy? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 4/15/2011

    " Live life to the fullest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 4/10/2011

    " A tragic romance. It was OK. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosemary | 2/28/2011

    " A neat little story that leaves you wondering. "

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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.