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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,260 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry James Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455175086
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Henry James’ classic morality tale tells of a triangle of friends and lovers doomed to treachery by overreaching desire. In early-twentieth-century London, Kate Croy is secretly engaged to Merton Denscher, a journalist possessed of all the qualities of an ideal husband except for money. By chance, Kate befriends American heiress Milly Theale, who is suffering from a mysterious and fatal illness. Kate, who truly cares for Milly, devises a scheme to maximize their combined assets: she encourages Merton to take an interest in Milly, to seduce her, and finally, to marry her. By lending her lover to brighten Milly’s few remaining days, Kate intends to make him a rich widower whom she herself can marry. But such well laid plans are not enough for the subtlety of the heart.

This is a brilliant and sophisticated satire of manners and morals in the best Jamesian tradition.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “He is as solitary in the history of the novel as Shakespeare in the history of poetry.”

    Graham Greene

  • The Wings of the Dove represents the pinnacle of James’ prose.”

    Louis Auchincloss, lawyer, novelist, historian, and essayist

  • “The crown of Henry James’ achievement.”

    John Bayley

  • “It may be James’ most ambitious novel...The Wings of the Dove creates its high drama of consciousness from material that is originially and ultimately of the simplest and starkest.”

    Peter Brooks

  • One of Modern Library's 100 Best English-Language Novels of the Twentieth Century

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Daniel | 2/19/2014

    " I put it down at 43%. His writing is perfectly understandable, especially if you let it stream into your consciousness without stopping to wonder what is exactly meant by each phrase. Your first thought is probably correct most of the time so best to simply power through (more like Proust than Shakespeare that is). The story didn't hold my interest and I didn't identify with any of the characters. Maybe a course on James would change my mind, but without historical or literary context this work on its own is uninteresting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joanne | 2/19/2014

    " I have no patience for all that blather, those impossible sentences. And e e cummings should have capitalized stuff. Yeah. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anne Schoknecht | 2/18/2014

    " admittedly, i only ready 50 pages of this book. but i bought it, and it resides on my bookshelf, so it counts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 2/16/2014

    " Oh, Henry James. Henry James! Why are you a dead closeted gay man with an impacted bowel disorder, instead of my best friend? If Henry James were alive, I would take him to the Violet Hour and buy him twenty-five "Juliet + Romeo" cocktails and a tray of deviled eggs. However, there are few people of whom you can say with such confidence that they were literally killed by modernity. So if Henry James were alive today, he would probably die almost instantaneously of shock brought on by the sight of people in shorts. Nevertheless, I wish I could thank him for The Wings of the Dove, and for Kate Croy most of all. The secret heroine of the book, as the smartest woman always is in a Henry James novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ebookwormy | 2/16/2014

    " This novel was haunting to me. It is an intimate story of love and betrayal, the depths we will sink to get what we want, and the curse getting what we want can become. Yet, there is a love for the characters that develops. You understand their strengths, weaknesses and struggles. Ultimately, though, i cannot separate myself from the horror of the plot. A good lesson in life - the depravity of ourselves and others - but a painful one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lee | 2/16/2014

    " I can't kid myself any longer. I'm unlikely to wake up tomorrow any better equipped to work through this tedium, PhD in literature notwithstanding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 2/11/2014

    " Another book and movie for Venice lovers. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa (OhThatLisa) | 2/10/2014

    " I've read convoluted literature that wasn't at all diminished by it's complexity, but this one definitely was. The story would have been engaging enough, but James' technique here is not good. Sometimes I would read a sentence and just start laughing because they are so absurdly put together, not in a fun Joycean way, but in a way that makes the entire book a tremendous slog. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 2/10/2014

    " A tougher read, but brilliant. James seems to ramble at times, but he actually brings together the themes he's worked with throughout his earlier career. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila | 2/8/2014

    " I read this quite awhile ago--as I recall, it was hard to get into because the prose was so dense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Damon | 2/6/2014

    " Didn't get to finish. His sentences are long and winding and it's distracting. Loved the movie! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori | 2/6/2014

    " This was the first Henry James novel I have read. I was able to grasp the basic plotlines, and thought the story was interesting, but the language takes some getting used to! So many commas... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mind Bird | 2/5/2014

    " This is the most beautifully written book in the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 1/30/2014

    " I actually really liked this book. It was difficult to get in to, but I find that is more a function of James' style versus the content of the book. I was really intrigued by the mystery he added to the story; I was kept guessing at what would happen next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard Lodge | 1/26/2014

    " Marvellous, intricate, emotional, penetrating: a poised, brilliant, touching story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Zinner | 1/26/2014

    " Love James, but this felt a little tedious... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/25/2014

    " I guess a 3.5? I feel like a jerk giving a low-ish rating to something that has been around for an entire century. It wasn't bad writing, but it was egregiously long for its substance. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caitlin | 1/22/2014

    " I gave up ridiculously close to the end. Usually, I won't review a book unless I finish it, but it tortured me so much trying to get through this one I couldn't resist. If it gives me any credit, I usually love Henry James, but this was BORING. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 1/22/2014

    " The most sentimental of James's late novels. It provides a good example of why villains are so much more colorful than heroes and heroines. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vivien | 1/22/2014

    " a little hard going on the words, but powerful and emotional nevertheless "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 1/21/2014

    " Oh, Henry James. Henry James! Why are you a dead closeted gay man with an impacted bowel disorder, instead of my best friend? If Henry James were alive, I would take him to the Violet Hour and buy him twenty-five "Juliet + Romeo" cocktails and a tray of deviled eggs. However, there are few people of whom you can say with such confidence that they were literally killed by modernity. So if Henry James were alive today, he would probably die almost instantaneously of shock brought on by the sight of people in shorts. Nevertheless, I wish I could thank him for The Wings of the Dove, and for Kate Croy most of all. The secret heroine of the book, as the smartest woman always is in a Henry James novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 1/21/2014

    " I loved the story, but I had a strenuous time getting through it. There is not that much dialogue and I find it hard to follow shuch a long book with that is mainly narrative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kenny | 1/20/2014

    " What a wicked (good) book! At the end, I came to the realization that I have an awful memory for endings, and it was really in wanting to know how the drama would end, that I kept barreling through Henry James. I had to cocoon myself for a week, without leaving the house, aside from mailing a letter. He really gets me entrapped in his machinations and odd verbal idiosyncracies, even though I will never get to the bottom of what on the spot means, or what half of his divigations mean - the dialogue here is quite stupendous, and Milly falls into the category of favorite female heroines. Indeed her "talent for life" is one of those phrases/admonitions, continuing in the Strether "Live all you can" traditions that must live on. Whether I will ever be able to coherently string together the plot - in the sense of the twists and turns of the story arc, as well as in the sense of the decision and planning that Merton Densher and Kate Croy mastermind - pales in comparison, in the vast difference between that and the beauty, goodness of Milly Theale, in her prodigious, in Henry James's extraordinary "talent for life". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lily | 1/16/2014

    " Not sure! Both liked and disliked this book. Liked that it was thought provoking; disliked a plot line that somehow seemed trite and not worthwhile. Characters are likely to stay with me; they are well developed so as to be memorable. James's writing (dictating?) at times is insufferable. The settings are fun. Intriguing is how charming and fetching is the chief villainess, to the point of asking is she a villain or a woman who tried to prolong the life of her dear friend Milly, while providing for her father and sister and retaining her eventual relationship with her beloved -- only to fail miserably. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick | 1/15/2014

    " Too many words, too few silences. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 1/12/2014

    " I liked it. Begrudgingly, I liked it. This style of novel for some reason continues to compel me. But James' tendency to equivocate for pages over the most trivial things made me want to reach through the book and give him a good pinching! Some seriously excruciating moments that tried even my tolerance for such nonsense. But it grew on me, I admit, it grew on me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Damon | 1/12/2014

    " Didn't get to finish. His sentences are long and winding and it's distracting. Loved the movie! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 1/10/2014

    " Long winded, yet poetically lyrical. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Izzy Rey | 1/8/2014

    " Being bad tarnishes your soul. This was my first James. I remember it was demanding and beautiful. James is the standard by which I want to judge all other authors. If I only read those at his skill level I'd have few to chose from... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Izzy Rey | 1/5/2014

    " Being bad tarnishes your soul. This was my first James. I remember it was demanding and beautiful. James is the standard by which I want to judge all other authors. If I only read those at his skill level I'd have few to chose from... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Keri Daskam | 1/2/2014

    " This book was great in merit but poor in enjoy-ability. The intensive literary devices were brilliant but torturous. I loved, loved, loved the last 50 pages. I loved the setting, particularly in Venice. However, this was probably my least favorite Henry James to date. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alia Makki | 1/1/2014

    " All the arguments you could have ended with a punch, but didn't. Goddamn Victorians. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anne Schoknecht | 12/29/2013

    " admittedly, i only ready 50 pages of this book. but i bought it, and it resides on my bookshelf, so it counts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Wright | 12/29/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. Henry James drew characters who were as complex as real people are. I could be dismayed with their actions and truly understand their motives. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joanna | 12/25/2013

    " I've tried several times and couldn't get through it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Manifest Terror | 12/19/2013

    " the ending of this book really redeemed it. i found it a difficult but ultimately rewarding read. i do wish i could have read milly's letter before it got tossed in the fire. oh well! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Wright | 12/14/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. Henry James drew characters who were as complex as real people are. I could be dismayed with their actions and truly understand their motives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe Mossa | 12/13/2013

    " why do i have to force myself to read henry james ? he was a brilliant writer and i enjoy translating his old language into thoughts i can understand. i enjoy his morals and themes. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elizabeth Branigin | 12/9/2013

    " This is the most difficult book I have ever read. The syntax was difficult and the descriptive sentences were so long, it was difficult to remember wo what they were referring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 12/6/2013

    " Yes, he uses "prodigious," "magnificent," and "stupendous" much too often; yes, now and then I really did not fathom the meaning of his sentences; but generally, the depth of his portrayals and, especially, the beauty of his language were thrilling. It was intense, riveting, and also exquisite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellie | 12/4/2013

    " My favorite Henry James' work. Especially the last line... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phil Mauracher | 12/1/2013

    " I didn't really care about the characters and the plot seemed a little weak. What did stir me was the theme of using somebody only to find out that proximity leads to fondness. Reminded me of my 20s when I was a bad person. A book of guilt, shame, and undeserved rewards. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/19/2013

    " I guess a 3.5? I feel like a jerk giving a low-ish rating to something that has been around for an entire century. It wasn't bad writing, but it was egregiously long for its substance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 11/15/2013

    " Henry James has beautiful people inside of his head, if only his verbal diarrhea didn't get in the way. Dear Jesus, I wish he knew how to write a short sentence. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/14/2013

    " I guess a 3.5? I feel like a jerk giving a low-ish rating to something that has been around for an entire century. It wasn't bad writing, but it was egregiously long for its substance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jono | 11/13/2013

    " I read this book on the way to and in Venice: amazing. it's very challenging James, there's no doubt, but Kate Croy's too fabulous to miss. For sheer atmosphere, unbeatable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katy | 11/1/2013

    " just couldn't get into it, was bored all the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 10/26/2013

    " I want to loves James but he thwarts me at every turn. I liked the movie better and that kills me a little bit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy Bielski | 10/26/2013

    " This book is ok. Kind of reminiscent of Edith Wharton's style/subject matter. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deanna | 10/11/2013

    " Am I missing something here, or is the book missing something? Maybe it's one of those books you have to finish before you really understand what's going on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 10/5/2013

    " Long winded, yet poetically lyrical. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alia Makki | 9/30/2013

    " All the arguments you could have ended with a punch, but didn't. Goddamn Victorians. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 9/23/2013

    " I loved the story, but I had a strenuous time getting through it. There is not that much dialogue and I find it hard to follow shuch a long book with that is mainly narrative. "

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

    " After seeing this movie, I was motivated to read the book. I had never read any Henry James before, and it was tough going, a little hard to read, but I still enjoyed it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lee | 7/28/2013

    " I can't kid myself any longer. I'm unlikely to wake up tomorrow any better equipped to work through this tedium, PhD in literature notwithstanding. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aileen | 6/30/2013

    " I have the penguin edition of this, but my cover is different, so it isn't precisely the same edition. Skip the notes! They give away some important plot points. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 5/20/2013

    " It's about how love, money, and the love of money, mixed in with deception, can change people. It's hard to find anyone to like in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mind Bird | 2/6/2013

    " This is the most beautifully written book in the world. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heidi | 2/2/2013

    " I think I would have really loved this if it wasn't written by Henry James. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ke Huang | 12/9/2012

    " This may sound a bit philistinish, but, to me, most of James' novels seem to be about the same things. Rich Americans in Europe visiting monuments and galleries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eventyr | 11/24/2012

    " James at his loveable? wordy best. Not as completely confusing as The Golden Bowl. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annette | 11/22/2012

    " Depressing but well written. A book about discovering one's true self - even if you think you are bad, there may just be good inside. Will you do the right thing or at least acknowledge the right thing to do? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 9/22/2012

    " Why take four words when you can take twenty eight? God this book was hard work! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 9/12/2012

    " After seeing this movie, I was motivated to read the book. I had never read any Henry James before, and it was tough going, a little hard to read, but I still enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Hollis | 8/15/2012

    " All I can say is this contains some of the finest writing and use of languege that I've read in a long time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tammy | 8/8/2012

    " This is not the edition I'm reading, will have to fetch the book to find by the ISBN. Purchased from Powell's Bookstore in May on a visit there with my brother and his wife... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 8/2/2012

    " A tougher read, but brilliant. James seems to ramble at times, but he actually brings together the themes he's worked with throughout his earlier career. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 7/30/2012

    " I want to loves James but he thwarts me at every turn. I liked the movie better and that kills me a little bit. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Keri Daskam | 7/25/2012

    " This book was great in merit but poor in enjoy-ability. The intensive literary devices were brilliant but torturous. I loved, loved, loved the last 50 pages. I loved the setting, particularly in Venice. However, this was probably my least favorite Henry James to date. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelley | 7/1/2012

    " Why is most of James's work so depressing? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joe | 6/24/2012

    " I finally found an author who I despise even more than D.H. Lawrence! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joanna | 6/14/2012

    " I've tried several times and couldn't get through it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cary | 5/27/2012

    " I heard this referenced in a movie (Notting Hill) and thought I would give it a go. Tried hard to force myself to enjoy it but I couldn't even make it past page 80! I rented the movie and it was not my cup of tea!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Margaret Burnett | 3/19/2012

    " James' sentence structure makes my head hurt! Read 100 pages and put it on the shelf. I was a lit major but dude, I'm not anymore. I'll watch the movie with Helena Bonham Carter instead. SHUT UP! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eventyr | 3/14/2012

    " James at his loveable? wordy best. Not as completely confusing as The Golden Bowl. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen | 1/24/2012

    " one of my favorite novels by james. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Schaeffer | 1/10/2012

    " The preface makes me long for 2,000 pages of Lionel Croy, a Century of Lionel Croy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susie | 12/20/2011

    " This was hard work for me to read, but I was in that zone and thoroughly enjoyed the rich description, subtle wit, and dense writing style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nabilah | 11/18/2011

    " The prose can be difficult to get into but do continue slowly and you will find yourself attached to Henry James' style which in my opinion, kind of intimate. I love this story and how it ends. It is perfect. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bryan | 11/11/2011

    " Slower than a stoned sloth, but the actual story and ending were awesome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joye | 9/29/2011

    " Wow, what a magnificent writer! I read this for his prose. The story seemed old fashioned, but loved the characters, the descriptions, the words! I highly recommend it. Savor it, take your time! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 8/2/2011

    " I actually really liked this book. It was difficult to get in to, but I find that is more a function of James' style versus the content of the book. I was really intrigued by the mystery he added to the story; I was kept guessing at what would happen next. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori | 6/30/2011

    " This was the first Henry James novel I have read. I was able to grasp the basic plotlines, and thought the story was interesting, but the language takes some getting used to! So many commas... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe Mossa | 6/27/2011

    " why do i have to force myself to read henry james ? he was a brilliant writer and i enjoy translating his old language into thoughts i can understand. i enjoy his morals and themes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle Cox | 6/23/2011

    " Not my favorite Henry James. Very wordy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick | 4/13/2011

    " Too many words, too few silences. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chrystie | 3/11/2011

    " I had a really hard time getting into this book, and had a harder time convincing myself to finish it. I picked up and finished a few other books at the same time, so it was just that I couldn't get into the language. The story was ok. I just thought that it wasn't as engaging as it could have been. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen | 1/31/2011

    " Am I turning into a Henry James fan? :-/ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelley | 1/31/2011

    " Why is most of James's work so depressing? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/25/2011

    " I enjoyed the story. I have to admit, however, that the writing didn't speak to me as I am sure it did to some members of my book group! Maybe I am just too busy right now, but I ended up skimming many of the passages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellie | 1/2/2011

    " My favorite Henry James' work. Especially the last line... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 12/22/2010

    " I didn't really feel empathy/sympathy/connection with any of the characters, and didn't know what was going on until the end. maybe I should read it again. but some of the words were beautiful and witty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 12/13/2010

    " All I can say is this contains some of the finest writing and use of languege that I've read in a long time. "

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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

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.