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3.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 5 3.60 (5 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry James Narrator: William Coon Publisher: Eloquent Voice, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN:
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Mystery stories - not exactly the genre you'd typically associate with Henry James. The three stories in this collection, however, explore the mysteries of the human psyche and the human heart.

A Light Man is a surprisingly modern story that examines the relationships between three men, one old and very rich, two young and very poor.

After returning from a prolonged period in Europe, Maximus Austin joins his friend Theodore Lisle at the luxurious estate of Frederick Sloane, who has hired Theodore as his secretary. It quickly becomes clear that Sloane's affections are fickle and that his fortune is up for grabs. But what exactly are the motivations of the two young men? Is one of them really more virtuous than the other? Henry James keeps us guessing, right up to the end of the story.

The Madonna of the Future asks: What does it mean to be an artist? In this classic tale, a young American tourist meets an odd character in Florence. Mr. Theobald clearly knows art, and he claims to be an artist, but no one has seen his work. As Mr. Theobald begins to reveal more and more of his life to his new friend, the mystery only deepens. He claims to have worked for years on his life's masterpiece, a modern version of the Madonna and Child. But what's really going on? Why won't he show the results of his labors? Is the true artist obligated to hide his art until it's reached the heights of perfection? Or should he make it available for others to judge? This story explores these questions as only Henry James can.

In The Figure in the Carpet, author Hugh Vereker momentarily drops his guard and tells a young literary critic that his works contain a common theme, which no one has yet to uncover. But once you see it, like a figure in a Persian carpet, you can't not see it. This revelation becomes a defining event in the lives of the unnamed narrator and his two friends .

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 4/2/2010

    " Average stories that provide a satisfactory read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 4/11/2009

    " More of HJ inciting readers to "try to be one of the people on whom nothing is lost!" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristi | 2/10/2008

    " I read this book for a class on gender and culture in literature, alongside Eve Sedwick's essay from The Epistemology of the Closet -- the essay helps me read the title story as an attempt to provide a space for legibility of a marginalized discourse. I recommend both texts. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elise | 9/9/2007

    " My eyes get heavy after a a page or two. In two nights, I made it to page seven before falling asleep, and now I'm trying to read it during the day.

    Day was better. I liked The Beast in the Jungle best, which is not saying a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Davi | 7/10/2007

    " What I really wanted was "The Pupil," but it wasn't on this silly site. But I read that and The Beast in the Jungle in the same collection. And The Pupil was great. And The Beast In The Jungle was only moderately less great. So here it is. "

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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.