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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry James Narrator: Flo Gibson Publisher: Audio Book Contractors Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2006 ISBN:
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Wealthy American widower Adam Verver and his daughter Maggie live in Europe, where they collect art and relish each other's company. Through the efforts of the manipulative Fanny Assingham, Maggie becomes engaged to Amerigo, an Italian prince in reduced circumstances, but remains blind to his rekindled affair with her longtime friend Charlotte Stant. Maggie and Amerigo marry, and later, after Charlotte and Adam have also wed, both spouses learn of the ongoing affair, though neither seeks a confrontation. Not until Maggie buys the gilded crystal bowl of the title as a birthday present for Adam does truth crack the veneer of propriety. First published in 1904. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 2/19/2014

    " Not a fan of Henry James "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tasha | 2/16/2014

    " Skip the preface, give yourself time, and James is surprisingly rewarding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/5/2014

    " Reread for bookclub. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gregory | 1/18/2014

    " Very very dense 567 pages. I'm still trying to work out if it was worth it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 1/1/2014

    " If you can get past the convoluted style and the frustration of reading it, you will enjoy its depth. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mckinley | 12/31/2013

    " I wouldn't have finished this - wouldn't have made it through if not for the fact it was for a book group. I find James difficult to read - laborious, taxing, slow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Madhu | 12/16/2013

    " I loved this book yet it was a labour to finish it. As an example of the period or just Henry james' style - its great! Well if you think about things so much as these people do. The fact that the book though long winding has left no thought unstated is its particular greatness. I am abrupt and brief usually and prefer the kind of penmanship still, this book broke all rules for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 12/6/2013

    " Even more subtle than James' other work. Plot consists in around a dozen or so conversations between characters, and the perceptions and changing moods of those characters as they make up their minds on a course of action. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacob Russell | 10/31/2013

    " The late James... virtuoso of the English sentence "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aurora Josephson | 10/28/2013

    " I have listened to the first half of this book 3 times...I feel like I'm in purgatory "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karie Anne | 10/25/2013

    " An intriguing story, it isn't at all what I expected. Well written, it is a somewhat sadly pathetic story that explores the meaning of "love" in all of it's forms. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Harmon | 10/15/2013

    " This was my first James and pretty hard for me to get through. I appreciated the plot and liked some of the images created along the way, but it was kind of a slog. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lurple | 7/1/2013

    " I don't care if this is a classic. I loathe it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe | 6/29/2013

    " Hopefully the last Henry James book I will read in a very long time... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie Michelle | 4/5/2013

    " really a loooong read!(haha, that is what I have written down!) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanya Faberson | 12/20/2012

    " Beginning to trudge through some Henry James for fun (is it possible to read Henry James and find it fun???). This may end up constipating my mind, but I've always wanted to read him. I guess it goes along with my love of classic literature. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob Roy | 12/17/2012

    " A complex and wordy novel about an affair. The story isn't much, but the detail and the exploration of the characters is well worth the read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tom von Logue Newth | 10/23/2012

    " sorely tried my patience. masterful self-parody. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/21/2012

    " I read about 100 pages, and didn't find it too interesting so I took it back to the library early. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Will Miller | 9/24/2012

    " Obsessively self-analytic characters, half-innocent social gestures supersaturated with significance, self-mocking-yet-serious flashes of grotesque melodrama, architecturally ornate similes of the inner-life, and delphically weird, beautiful sentences -- who can say no? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Huston | 9/7/2012

    " I think this one is my favourite of Henry James' work. Sad, subtle look at a four-sided relationship in 1900's England. Made into a superb film as well. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristin | 8/27/2012

    " i love H.J. but this book can suck my dick. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hugh Mahoney | 10/21/2011

    " The best from the best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn F. | 9/1/2011

    " I might have liked this book if it weren't so damn depressing. People lying and hiding secrets from each other. People hurt so badly. Selfishness. Maybe I should give it a better rating because it read like Henry James wanted it to but I had such a hard time finishing it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eliza | 4/14/2011

    " i can never remember whether or not ive read henry james books - as i'm reading this one i could swear ive read it before...but maybe that was jsut the movie. this is hard going...don't know if im that engaged to finish it anytime in the near future. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 John | 4/13/2011

    " Rated: F

    I struggled through about 10% of this classic. James' writing style, for me, was a beating. Long flowing sentences and paragraphs the lost me at times. Hard for me to enjoy, so I stopped reading. First book to drop in years. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lurple | 1/29/2011

    " I don't care if this is a classic. I loathe it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 12/11/2010

    " Weird - I had forgotten that I read this, and I have no idea when I read it, it could have been during high school or college or maybe even 1999-2001. I remember liking it, and I seem to remember reading it during slow times when I worked at Mt. Tam, but I could be wrong about that. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mckinley | 10/6/2010

    " I wouldn't have finished this - wouldn't have made it through if not for the fact it was for a book group. I find James difficult to read - laborious, taxing, slow. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 9/7/2010

    " That there are certain books you are glad to have read even though you did not necessarily enjoy reading them and that anti-semitism appears to have been the norm during James's time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 8/21/2010

    " I think this one is my favourite of Henry James' work. Sad, subtle look at a four-sided relationship in 1900's England. Made into a superb film as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 8/12/2010

    " This was my first James and pretty hard for me to get through. I appreciated the plot and liked some of the images created along the way, but it was kind of a slog. "

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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.