Extended Audio Sample

Download The Altar of the Dead Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample The Altar of the Dead (Unabridged) Audiobook, by Henry James
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (121 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry James Narrator: Jim Killavey Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2009 ISBN:
Coming Soon! We're adding audiobooks daily and hope to make this one available for download very soon. Submit your vote below to let us know you really crave this title!
Vote this up! This audiobook has 0 votes

The Altar of the Dead was first published in the collection Terminations in 1895. It is a fable of life and death significance which explores what happens when a man tries to keep the remembrance of his dead friends, to save them from being forgotten entirely in the rush of everyday events. He meets a woman who shares his ideals, only to find that the past places what seems to be an impassable barrier between them. Although James was not a religious man, at least in the conventional sense, this story shows a deep spirituality in its treatment of mortality and the transcendent power of unselfish love. Critics have generally rated this tale very high among James' works, with some calling it a glorious fable, magnificently written, and one of his finest. James himself proudly placed the story at the head of volume 17 of the New York Edition (1907 - 09) of his fiction, before even The Beast in the Jungle. The tale also appeared in a number of later anthologies. Download and start listening now!

BK_JIMC_000397

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ferris | 12/10/2013

    " Audiobook.........Boring. Did not finish it, and I am a major Henry James fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A. | 8/12/2013

    " Man: his sad in him room. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanna | 8/8/2013

    " For James completists, like me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marts (Thinker) | 5/20/2013

    " Quite an interesting tale by James. The plot spans many years, and delves into the mind of the protagonist... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 4/23/2013

    " it was ok. if you're in the mood for a ghost story, read "turn of the screw" instead. "

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

    " Like a dark Edna Ferber "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liza | 2/1/2013

    " OMG, HJ! you are just too, too much sometimes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Jellinek | 1/7/2013

    " This short novella about two lonely people who find one another through their shared adoration of the dead has all the usual great James touches, but doesn't quite rise to the level of his greatest work. But still a great story for a rainy Sunday afternoon. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peter | 12/23/2012

    " An obtuse miasma of blurred reality. (get it?) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura | 11/28/2012

    " This was not as bad as it sounds; there were no ghosts and no blood was shed. Still, I didn't like it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toya | 11/1/2012

    " Interesting read. If you want a classic that can be completed in the realm of 2-3 hours delve in. The fictional theme centers around a man's devotion to his dead friends. Their deaths seem to encompass every aspect of his life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 4/27/2012

    " Not entirely sure why, I just fucking loved this book. It was the first time I listened to an audio book, and I didn't want to get out of my car while it was playing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Mitchell | 3/15/2012

    " If nothing else, this book is decidedly interesting. It's a classic that's worth reading, as Henry James always manages to spin his plots into deep moral lessons. Not to mention, this text won't take you longer than a few hours, but will keep you pondering for far longer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peter | 6/1/2011

    " Of course the writing is elegant, but it is kind of a silly story. It does feature a surprising ending, and it is a relatively painless read as it is really kind of a long short story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay | 5/31/2011

    " I give this three stars because Daisy drives me absolutely mad, but the last part of the text is great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 5/25/2011

    " This is how most of james' stories look like. "

  • 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 Natalie | 4/10/2011

    " A tragic romance. It was OK. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
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.