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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,503 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry James Narrator: Jim Killavey Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2004 ISBN:
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During a trip to Europe, Christopher Newman, a wealthy American businessman, asks the charming Claire de Cintre to be his wife. To his dismay, he receives an icy reception from the heads of her family, who find Newman to be a vulgar example of the American privileged class. Brilliantly combining elements of comedy, tragedy, romance and melodrama, this tale of thwarted desire vividly contrasts nineteenth-century American and European manners. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Salisbury | 2/13/2014

    " I had my mother send me this book when I was living in the French Alps. To say I was lonely at times might be understating things; Paint it Black by the Rolling Stones became my unoficial theme song. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Wagner | 2/9/2014

    " This is a terriffic book, perhaps the best of James's early novels. The American is a delight, a beach read: funny and occasionally touching, as well as an excellent introduction James' novels of American innocence versus European experience. Although it's more romance than realism, as James himself acknowledged, the high-tone characters and parisian milieu foreshadow the themes he'd later explore in his infinitely more sophisticated Ambassadors. The book is chock-a-block with intrigue, set-pieces, and fabulous french names (Claire de Cintre, Valentin de Bellegarde). The hero, Christopher Newman (new man, yuk yuk, we get it already) is a likeable blend of geniality and brash naivete...there's a bit of him in all us yanks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard Lodge | 1/29/2014

    " Very readable and enjoyable. The story rattles along - really! It's early James, so there is a story. The ideas about love and art are intriguing and the characters tragic and involving. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 ShuoHao Ruan | 1/24/2014

    " Christopher Newman, an artist who made a good fortune from selling his drawing to a copiest. He then move to europe to find his wife to complete his forturne. since he have money already. however, certian conflicts started to happen. In this book, the theme is about persoanl happinesss and the family duty of taking care of his daughtor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill Haner | 1/4/2014

    " So, I won't give away the ending, but you can tell what's going to happen as you read it. And it makes me angry as he starts to foreshadow the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 12/20/2013

    " I enjoy his writing. The book was very thoughtful and thought-provoking. The story moved slowly but intentionally and the ending was believable. I will certainly read more of his works. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanne | 12/12/2013

    " This is the book that turned me to Henry James. I love his style of writing! It felt so full of romance and love and intrigue. I could see the room as I watched the characters act out their parts. Love, love, love it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie Bouteille | 12/9/2013

    " My favourite by Henry James "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ami Needham | 10/30/2013

    " The person you end up being is usually the person you start out to be, you just don't want to believe it at first. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bernadette Edens | 10/20/2013

    " I really disliked this novel but stuck with it hoping the story would get better. It didn't. The heroine was completely unappealing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 10/19/2013

    " "The gentleman on the divan was a powerful specimen of an American. But he was not only a fine American; he was in the first place, physically, a fine man." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany Bond | 10/7/2013

    " Liked it so much better than Portrait of a Lady. Teaches the reader a lesson; even if that lesson is you don't always get what you want or deserve. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Adams | 6/2/2013

    " The plot sounds so interesting to me, but I remember wading through it and not being all that interested. I don't think it is one of James' best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natasha | 5/12/2013

    " A lot of book to say very little.......the book was tedious and the story could have been told in 150 pages or less. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 1/4/2013

    " Though I don't usually care for Victorian lit, I enjoyed this. Thank you, Josh Ritter. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen | 11/9/2012

    " Published in 1877 - revised 1907 - could have used another revision Mr. James. Not an interesting read in any century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank Spencer | 9/6/2012

    " This is good entertainment. I read this book in the New York Edition. Nothing could be more boring than HJ's Preface for that edition. Skip it and get going on the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patsy | 4/7/2012

    " how americans are viewed in france "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arlene Lauper | 12/2/2011

    " I loved, loved, loved this book. Such a fun read and very witty. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 10/7/2011

    " I want to read everything by James and am making good headway. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 4/23/2011

    " This is a great book to read for folks who have finished all the Jane Austen books and are dying to read more Jane Austen. The humor is more dry and not as punchy, but it is there. Beautiful writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lewis | 3/29/2011

    " It says a lot about an author when he can dedicate so much time and effort into making fun of his own characters. I don't think I was in a bitter enough mood for this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 3/23/2011

    " I read the first chapter or more, wasn't impressed. Skipped to the end of the book and felt like I didn't miss much. Not worth my reading time--or maybe I am just uncultured. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David | 3/18/2011

    " whoa...comic relief and not much else "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lizzy | 3/7/2011

    " The characters are all terribly annoying, but overall the book is good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/19/2011

    " Good! Better than re-reading all the Jane Austen novels, I think I will start reading Henry James. Good for anyone who likes novels in which marriage prospects are labeled by their annual income. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda K | 2/10/2011

    " Quite a sad tale of a rich, but very plain girl, with a suitor who wants to marry her for her money and a dad who is adamently against it. So descriptive in character studies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hom | 2/9/2011

    " Well written but the characters weren't all that sympathetic. A good read nevertheless. "

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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.