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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,665 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Colm Toibin Narrator: Geoffrey Howard Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2004 ISBN:
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In The Master, his brilliant and profoundly moving fifth novel, Colm Toibin tells the story of Henry James, a famous novelist born into one of America's intellectual first families two decades before the Civil War. James left his country to live in Paris, Rome, Venice, and London among privileged artists and writers.

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

Toibin is a great and humanizing writer who describes complex relationships in supple, beautifully modulated prose (Washington Post Book World). In The Master, he has written his most ambitious novel, an extraordinarily inventive encounter with a character at the cusp of the modern age, elusive to his own friends and even family, yet astonishingly vivid and moving in these pages. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 2/16/2014

    " Although I thought the writing was good, it took me a good hundred pages to get into the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bcoghill Coghill | 2/13/2014

    " Good book but I just don't care about Henry James all that much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Beatty | 1/29/2014

    " Another tour de force from Colm Toibin! The Master is the author, Henry James and part of Toibin's accomplishment is James's first person narration of his own life story. I listened to an audio recording of the novel, narrated superbly by Geoffrey Howard and although the story was a little slow at the beginning, once Henry James began to describe his travels in Europe,to Paris, Rome and Venice and relationships with the American authoress Constance Fenimore Woolson and Scandinavian sculptor, Henrik Anderson I was enthralled by the story and this novel will definitely be on my list of most enjoyed books in 2012! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 1/28/2014

    " I never knew much about Henry James's life, so this was an insightful take on it. The jumping back and forth from his present to his past (at times flashing back further within a flashback) was confusing sometimes, but overall it was interesting to see where he supposedly got inspiration for his work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne | 1/26/2014

    " Thouhgt provoking insight into the writing life of Henry James. Took me a while but I am very glad I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 1/25/2014

    " I enjoy reading anything by this author but this was two for one. The life of Henry James....his childhood, family, history of his times, things that formed him and his writing. His inability to form intimate relationships and yet his ability to be a truly loyal friend. How he structured his books from his intense observations of friends, social acquaintances and their homes......made me download a few to iBooks to read. A very interesting read. Enjoyed the 1860-90s feeling for life in both America and Europe and found the earlier Civil War detail and how it affected the family and friends very enlightening. A good read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/15/2014

    " Maybe you need to love the work of Henry James to enjoy this novel. But, frankly, I found the narrator (James) pretentious, self righteous, emotionally repressed & dry. The narration changed in time periods too frequently and without valid reason. And there seemed to be obvious moments when the author was using his research of James's own words in the writing. They were stuck in very blatantly and interrupted the flow of the narrative. I only got a quarter of the way through this before I decided there were better ways to spend my time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie Lemson | 1/13/2014

    " Very wonderfully written fictional biography of Henry James. It was fascinating to see inside the mind of a "master" novelist. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michelle | 1/7/2014

    " Ve-ry dry. Couldn't get into it. Couldn't finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 11/30/2013

    " I adore Toibin's writing and so have much appreciation for this book. I think perhaps if I was a bigger fan of Henry James I would have had greater delight in this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sue | 9/1/2013

    " It bothers me when I'm not feeling a book that's won critical reviews and short-listed for a gadzillion prizes. Keep thinking that I must be missing something or just not a bibliophile. A fellow Good Reads(er) declared it went at a snails pace. Sorry, Henry James! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Virginia Silver | 8/14/2013

    " Toibin is a master. This is one of the most satisfying novels I've ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhianne | 8/12/2013

    " I liked this much more than I expected to. I found it very slow going at the beginning, but it eventually began to pick up pace and hold my interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Jellinek | 6/9/2013

    " This one got great reviews, but I didn't feel that Toibin, despite his obvious admiration for the man, did justice to the depth and subtlety that make Henry James the master that he is. Much better just to read James himself. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gordon | 10/3/2012

    " Two words: boar & ring "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eoin | 3/27/2011

    " Precise, polished, and perfectly understated. It is probably stunningly researched and full of clever inside jokes, too, but the prose is clean and pure. Not everyone's cup of tea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosemary | 11/9/2010

    " It's the second time I've read this excellent romanticised biography of Henry James. Beautiful and extremely sensitive writing. Henry James comes alive and makes you want to read and reread his work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vessi | 10/8/2010

    " well-written,intelligent,a story about the life of Henry James "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melynda | 9/26/2009

    " Very very well written, easy to put down AND to pick up again. Totally believable life of James. A "process" book, and good springboard for discussion of the times and relationships. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Gandin | 7/25/2008

    " One of my favorite books in a long time. Toibin has an amazing ability to describe loneliness. Extremely poetic book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennyreadsexcessively | 12/23/2006

    " marvellous biographical novel of repressed author Henry James, literary and accessible, Toibin approaching favorite author status "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarahlizp | 2/9/2006

    " This book was gorgeously, achingly well written. And completely uninteresting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenna | 1/23/2006

    " Meh, this thing doesn't start going until 3/4 into the book. I'd rather read Joyce Carol Oates fictional ideas about Henry James' inner life. "

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