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3.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 5 3.93 (30 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: August 2006 ISBN:
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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 determine her own fate, does not hesitate to turn down two eligible suitors. She then finds herself irresistibly drawn to Gilbert Osmond, who, beneath his veneer of charm and cultivation, is cruelty itself. A story of intense poignancy, Isabel's tale of love and betrayal still resonates with modern audiences. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gayelene | 2/9/2014

    " A friend recommended this. Loved it! Want to read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 12/29/2013

    " Excellent work. James, as ever, unearths the deepest of significance within the most subtle social situations - or at least those that appear initially as such. The Portrait of a Lady may not have as nuanced a narrative as the novels of James' later phase, but his craft here is by no means unripe; in fact, I find his plotting in this novel to be more satisfying. James' prose is dense, of course, but the psychologies it illustrates - and the psychologies estimating other psychologies that it depicts - are all the richer as a result; what's more, any feeling of slogging I experienced was entirely justified by the incredible final 80 pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary-Jane | 12/27/2013

    " I liked this book, chronicling the life of a lady in England in a previous era. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 12/21/2013

    " I enjoyed this book a great deal. This was the first book that I read by Henry James and I found it intriguing. I didn't expect to be so enthralled by the story itself. I wanted to know what the main character, Isabel, was going to do next. I became attached to the characters in the book. I always love to see the customs, traditions and society in earlier times and this is like a snapshot. I would definitely pick up another book by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 11/28/2013

    " This is the kind of book to reread and never get tired of. I read it the first time when I was young and was saddened by it. I read it recently and realized how true it is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phlebslee | 11/23/2013

    " I don't think I'll pick up Henry James again. The story I've enjoyed, but his style leaves a lot to be desired. I love the classics, but this has been work to try and get through. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane | 10/29/2013

    " A classic text, but stifling in its portrayal of women in the era of limited freedom. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clwaddoups | 9/7/2013

    " I was emotionally caught in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 7/17/2013

    " Classic James. Brilliant. Subtle, psychological, with such graceful writing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lynn | 2/1/2013

    " It was tedious to read, so I skimmed over a lot of the book, hoping it would get better, but it didn't ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leigh Sneddon | 8/9/2012

    " Magnificent novel, emotionally and psychologically penetrating, infinitely nuanced, and beautifully expressed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sanna | 6/8/2012

    " one of my very favorites. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 MissFidget | 4/9/2012

    " I can't read this. I've tried but I just can't read this. I don't give a shit about the inner life of ladies of leisure from days gone by, even the unconventional ones. Pendulous thick writing style makes this a real slog. The PREFACE alone was longer than some books I've read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 3/11/2012

    " Superb. One of the more readable of James' masterpieces. Serves as a nice preliminary to whet the appetite of any reader interested in making a first foray into his work. I would also recommend The Princess Casamassima. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 12/5/2011

    " I read this book based on an interview of the author, Jeffrey Eugenides. I slogged through it and I am relieved for it to be over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori Arnold | 10/23/2011

    " Great when I read it in my 20s. Great 20 years later. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allegra D'adamo | 8/25/2011

    " This is a fantastic book. If you haven't already read it, make it your next book. If you've read it, reread it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miriam | 8/25/2011

    " Fine. Sometimes the writing is so terribly subtle that I found myself unable to figure out exactly why characters hated each other or were bad people. Oh to be rich, but not dead! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca Curtis | 8/3/2011

    " I find the definition that James gives as to what he expects a lady to be quite fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 5/21/2011

    " I am loving this book! "

  • 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.