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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (29,143 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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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Robin Spano | 2/13/2014

    " I really don't understand why this book is a classic. I'd love to hear from readers who related to this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crysta | 2/11/2014

    " This is not a frolic through the social norms and follies of nineteenth century England, a la Jane Austen. This is a tome, a beast of a book following five years in the life of a young American woman named Isabel Archer as she moves to Europe with an aunt and discovers that seeing all of life can be an enlightening, yet painful, process. Dense, masterfully written, the book keeps you engaged even when the situation is not the one you (or Isabel or her friends, family, or suitors) had imagined. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anna Maria | 2/10/2014

    " I really cannot understand the hype - I found that this book took a very long time to go nowhere! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 1/29/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Syme | 1/24/2014

    " This book is pure quality. The narration is so well done and at times really funny. The detailed descriptions of locations can be a bit tedious, but the lively characters and situations totally make up for that. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lynn | 1/14/2014

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Angie Kelsey | 1/10/2014

    " This is a book I just can't bring myself to finish. It just drags along so slowly. It is a good enough story, I just can't get involved in the plot enough that I want to push to the end to find out what happens. I think I will just read a spoiler! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gitta | 1/5/2014

    " This was the first novel I have read by Henry James. I serendipitously found this book for sale at an old used book store in Rochester, Minnesota. I enjoyed the characters and am thankful that this saga kept me going until the wee hours of the morning as I worked night shifts in the hospital! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Davis | 12/21/2013

    " Hefty, but not as tiresome as you might think. Holy phraseology, this man can write! And the characters are meaty and portrayed in delicious complexity, even if James gives them little to do except talk about Isabel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob Roy | 12/20/2013

    " The themes here are as relevant today as when they were written. It is a long, but worthwhile read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elle | 10/28/2013

    " I really, really hated this book! I couldn't even say why, maybe it was just the way that James writes. One day I'll try it again, but not just yet. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sherry | 12/30/2012

    " Henry James is a beautiful writer, but I only like books in which I can relate to, understand, or at least semi-like the main character. In this case, the I kept wanting to slap the main character and she made no sense to me at all....... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deirdre Hanners | 12/27/2012

    " Not a lot of time since i'm in school but I will read this book during the break since I started it before the quarter started. I haven't read any classics in eons... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 deborah Arenson | 12/21/2012

    " Henry James was brilliant. I think this book was his best, leaving the end of what could be to your imagination. Touches on a lot of subjects that were semi scandalous for his time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elisa | 9/17/2012

    " This is a re-read for me. I did a critical reading of it for my Honors English Lit class in college. I pulled it off my shelf, needing a book for a long trip. We'll see how I like it this second time when reading it more for leisure. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kinga | 7/3/2012

    " Too many unneccessary words, too little essential information. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nada | 2/23/2012

    " it's good, but I didn't like the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurele | 8/19/2011

    " I keep trying to appreciate Henry James, but he keeps tightening the screw. I shall read this again when I am in a different mood and see if I can add another star. Why does he have to be so cold and clinical? Maybe the next book will do it for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Crouch | 8/2/2011

    " A thorough and absorbing story with some of the sharpest and most artful dialogue I've ever read. It has been too long since I've read serious fiction, and this was a wonderful reintroduction. "

  • 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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