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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry James Narrator: Eleanor Bron Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9781482979831
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Eugenia, an American expatriate brought up in Europe, arrives in rural New England with her charming brother Felix, hoping to find a wealthy second husband after the collapse of her marriage to a German prince.

Their exotic, sophisticated airs cause quite a stir with their affluent, God-fearing American cousins, the Wentworths—and provoke the disapproval of their uncle, suspicious of foreign influences. To Gertrude Wentworth, struggling against her somber puritan upbringing, the arrival of the handsome Felix is especially enchanting.

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  • “Bron’s reading is alert with nuance. She alternates between energy and ennui as character or occasion dictates, voicing the characters lightly, in keeping with James’s strong narrative control. In so doing, she mirrors perfectly both James’s tense and ambiguous world as well as his masterful control of that world.”

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Taylor | 5/26/2011

    " Pretty sleepy. Probably not the best place to start with Henry James. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abbey | 5/18/2011

    " A bittersweet classic I read decades ago and simply don't remember much about. Mostly I enjoy James for his beautiful word play, and incisive portraits of the personalities of his people, although IMO Edith Wharton actually does that sort of thing even better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josefien | 4/22/2011

    " Jane Austen revisited. A good thing it ends with a twist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sylvia | 1/16/2011

    " I wouldn't read it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martin | 12/27/2010

    " Some great turns of phrase, but ultimately disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bogdan | 11/16/2010

    " An interesting and short novel full of cryptic dialogues of 19th century. I remember several other novels written in the same period that I read in high-school. I often had the impression I did not understood the dialogues and the messages completely. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank | 5/20/2010

    " An interesting little book about European cousins coming to stay with an American family in pre Civil War New England. Felix and his siter Eugenia come to America seeking something. Felix finds the love of his life and Eugenia goes back to Europe with her desires unfullfilled. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 June | 4/25/2010

    " I enjoyed this more than i was expecting to. I may even try another Henry James before too long. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 4/23/2010

    " This is pretty lightweight James, but very charming. Eugenia is a quite humorous character. I'm looking forward to watching the film adaptation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eva | 1/15/2010

    " A twist on his usual transport of Americans to Europe, this book does the reverse. There are still the common themes of culture, love, and art. It's a quick read for James. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 11/14/2009

    " Not one of James's masterpieces, but eminently readable, and an indication of what was to come in his later years. "

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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

Eleanor Bron is an English actress whose stage career includes many productions, such as The Clean House, All about My Mother, and In Extremis. On television she has appeared in Fat Friends, Ted and Alice, Hippies, Vanity Fair, and as Patsy’s mother in Absolutely Fabulous. Her film credits include Wimbledon, Iris, and The Little Princess.