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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Colm Tóibín Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2014 ISBN: 9781483002804
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Named by AudioFile magazine as one of the Best Audiobooks of 2005, this unforgettable audio performance represents the best of what the medium can do.

Colm Tóibín tells the story of Henry James, the famous novelist born into one of America’s intellectual first families two decades before the Civil War, and who left his country to live in Paris, Rome, Venice, and London among privileged artists and writers.

In stunningly resonant prose, Tóibín captures the loneliness and longing, the hope and despair of a man who never married, who never resolved his sexual identity, and whose forays into intimacy inevitably failed him and those he tried to love. The emotional intensity of Tóibín’s portrait of James is riveting. Time and again, James, a master of psychological subtlety in his fiction, proves blind to his own heart.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Beautifully written, deeply pondered, startlingly un-Jamesian.”

    New York Times Book Review, 10 Best Books of 2004

  • “The subtlety and empathy with which Tóibín inhabits James’ psyche and captures the fleeting emotional nuances of his world are beyond praise…this is a riveting, if inevitably somewhat evasive, portrait of the creative life.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “You don’t have to be a Jamesian to find this subtle and beautifully structured book mesmerizing. [Ralph Cosham] takes the arguably cerebral story from the page and renders it a fully staged, walking, talking drama without a single false note, so you haven’t just heard it, you feel you’ve seen it. Superb.”


  • “[A] beautifully nuanced psychological portrait.”


  • The Master is a novel beautiful in what it doesn’t say as much as for what it does say. It makes a seamless transition to audio via an excellent reader who gives depth to all that is unspoken.”


  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2005 AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year
  • A Booklist Top 10 Historical Novel
  • Winner of the 2004 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction
  • Winner of the 2006 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
  • A 2005 Audie Award Finalist
  • A 2005 Publishers Weekly Best Book for Fiction
  • One of the 2004 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction
  • A 2004 New York Times Book Review Top 10 Book of the Year
  • A 2004 Time Magazine Top 10 Book
  • A 2004 Man Booker Prize Finalist
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About the Author

Colm Tóibín’s novel The Master won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, Le prix du meilleur livre étranger, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction and was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. His other books of fiction include The Story of theNight, The Blackwater Lightship, a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and the short-fiction collection Mothers and Sons. He was one of the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize judges in Toronto. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.

About the Narrator

Ralph Cosham (1936–2014), a.k.a. Geoffrey Howard, was a British journalist who changed careers to become a narrator and screen and stage actor. He performed in more than one hundred professional theatrical roles, and several of his narrations were named “Audio Best of the Year” by Publishers Weekly. He won seven AudioFile Earphones Awards, and in 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for Best Mystery Narration for his reading of Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery.