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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:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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