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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (10 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry James Narrator: William Roberts Publisher: Copyright Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2014 ISBN: 9781780003382
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When Isabel Archer, a beautiful, spirited American is brought to Europe by her wealthy aunt Touchett, it is expected that she will soon marry. But Isabel, resolved to enjoy the freedom that her fortune has opened up and to determine her own fate, does not hesitate to turn down two eligible suitors. It is only when she finds herself irresistibly drawn to the cultivated but worthless Gilbert Osmond that she discovers that wealth is a two-edged sword and that there is a price to be paid for independence. With its subtle delineation of American characters in a European setting, Portrait of a Lady is one of the most accomplished and popular of Henry James’s early novels.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lenore | 5/19/2011

    " I read this in my 20s while in Paris. My boyfriend and I only had the one copy between us, so I would read a page, then tear it out and give it to him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 4/27/2011

    " I'm not a writer, just a reader and I loved this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tessa | 4/18/2011

    " if it weren't for the last third of this book, it'd be a five. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trish | 4/17/2011

    " Sadly beautiful and well worth the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annemarie | 4/15/2011

    " At points this was difficult to read and felt a little dull. I'm certain others could read this book with pleasure, I didnt. But I would like to read it again with an eye for gender studies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christa | 4/13/2011

    " My other all time favorite! A classic. I love the way Henry James writes and I could read this book over and over again. The characters are wonderful and Mr. James uses language so wonderfully! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ke | 4/9/2011

    " The story was beautifully told. All the characters had unique voices and points of view.

    I thought the Osmond character was a bit too mustache-twirling.

    Isabel had a feel of a horror film last girl. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lily | 3/23/2011

    " Thoroughly enjoyed it. Psychological character descriptions are layers and layers deep. Will remember many of the main characters, they are so intriguing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelley | 3/16/2011

    " I really had a hard time reading this, as James writes with such a full use of the language. The characters are a bit stereotypical, but the story has enough plot twists to make it interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 3/9/2011

    " Classic, however the fact that he spent a whole page on describing a tea pot will never leave my memory of this book! "

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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.

About the Narrator

William Roberts’ theater appearances include Of Mice and Men and To Kill a Mockingbird. Among his films are Cold Mountain and Death Wish III, while he has been seen on television in Martin Chuzzlewit and The Old Devils. An accomplished voice artist, he is a frequent narrator of audiobooks and has received an AudioFile Earphones Award.