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3.24 out of 53.24 out of 53.24 out of 53.24 out of 53.24 out of 5 3.24 (21 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry James Narrator: Bill Hootkins Publisher: The Copyright Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN:
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Published in 1886, The Bostonians begins with the arrival in Boston of Basil Ransom, a young Mississippi lawyer in search of a career. Through his cousin, Olive Chancellor, Ransom comes to meet Verena, the beautiful daughter of a charlatan faith-healer and showman. When they hear Verena talk, Olive hopes to win the girl over to the feminist cause, Ransom is attracted to her looks, and a battle for possession of the girl begins. With its discussion of the situation of women and its uncompromising depiction of the city and the media, THE BOSTONIANS is a modern novel which is immediately accessible and relevant today.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex Peterson | 2/18/2014

    " james is just dense enough to be a challenge, as in, undertaking the next book would probably not be a quick read; flip side, his prose is awe-inspiringly good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mitchel Broussard | 2/13/2014

    " I think the mere fact that I don't utterly detest this guy's books (and that I actually, for realsies, am reading the entirety of them and not just the first 5 chapters) probably warrants a perfect rating. But I'm not that crazy. It's still just books about old, fancy uppities walking around and talking all old-timey-like. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charlotte Sanders | 1/30/2014

    " I tried to finish this book, and trudged very nearly all the way through, but I never liked the characters. Truly, I disliked all of them greatly, and at some point I didn't want to endure any more time with them. I couldn't figure out what benefit I was deriving from the whole exercise. So I quit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ferris | 1/27/2014

    " Audiobook.....Surprisingly radical! This is a metaphorical story about the tug of war between men and women. A native Mississippian strives to conquer a lovely young feminist reformer in post Civil War Boston. I say conquer, because to succumb to him means forever relinquishing her right to express herself on any feminist issue. The closing line is something like,".......I fear these tears are only a few of those she will shed in the future." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Govind | 1/18/2014

    " It's fascinating how the reader's allegiances get pulled one way and then another. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christina | 1/17/2014

    " Ordinarily, I love the rich detail in Henry James's prose, but the flat, static characters and the lack of any action in this novel were serious drawbacks. Basil is so thoroughly unlikeable in his insistence that a woman's main function is to amuse a man that the ending was immensely disappointing. "

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

    " A brilliant novel...yet irritating in the way that only Victorian novels can be. The fact that James' book gave rise the the term "boston marriage" is the most redeeming factor of this work. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Steven Tiberius | 1/9/2014

    " Kill yourself before you read this book. Henry James sucks, this book is terrible, I can't believe I made it as far as I did (twenty pages) before I threw up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nate | 12/25/2013

    " takes forever to get going, and the prose is really clunky. unsurprisingly, feminists are still really annoying "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emily | 9/5/2013

    " I'll admit, I haven't actually finished. I've decided that I won't ever finish it. It is not worth the amount of time it would take to read the second half of the book. All of the characters in this book aggravate me to no end and James rambles pointlessly fairly regularly. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Meave | 6/4/2013

    " My goodness, Mr. James, I didn't realize how much you hated nascent feminists, nor how dull you were when describing this disgust you had for them. Ugh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 5/25/2013

    " Gosh, I hope The Ambassadors is better. "

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

    " Even more interesting if you know the local geography. Fortunately I haven't met too many of Mr. Ransom's ilk here in Boston. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 1/31/2013

    " I enjoyed this book largely because I was living in the neighborhood it was set in while reading it. From what I remember it was also a slow, but well written story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 1/17/2013

    " I suspect this book is quite excellent, though hell if I know what it's about. LOL Henry James. /sophisticated critique "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynette | 12/14/2012

    " I generally enjoy novels like this, but a few chapters in, I was bored almost to tears. It just seemed so Jane Austen-y, and I hate Jane Austen. Oh, woe is the poor girl and all that jazz. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 11/20/2012

    " Really weird story. I couldn't decide if James was creating purposefully outlandish characters or if he just thought women were insane. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela Wynne | 11/12/2012

    " I loved the idea of this story and it started off promising, but it took too long to get to the point and then the ending was a disappointment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherri | 10/13/2012

    " How this one works, in my opinion: The Bostonians is better than Portrait of a Lady, but only when you've read Portrait first. Love the feminist stuff, love the wierd religious stuff, love the whole book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 8/26/2012

    " A very good read for Henry James. There were a few points I ended up getting confused, but overall, I was able to keep track quite easily. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pullo | 8/11/2012

    " An excellent insight into the 1900 class struggle, funtastik "

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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.