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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,331 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry James Narrator: William Hope Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2012 ISBN:
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Penguin Classics presents Henry James' Washington Square, adapted for audio and available as a digital download as part of the Penguin English Library series. Read by William Hope.

Why, you must take me or leave me... You can't please your father and me both; you must choose between us.

When timid and plain Catherine Sloper acquires a dashing and determined suitor, her father, convinced that the young man is nothing more than a fortune-hunter, decides to put a stop to their romance. Torn between her desire to win her father's love and approval and her passion for the first man who has ever declared his love for her, Catherine faces an agonising dilemma, and becomes all too aware of the restrictions that others seek to place on her freedom. James' masterly novel deftly interweaves the public and private faces of 19th-century New York society; it is also a deeply moving study of innocence destroyed.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Briynne | 2/19/2014

    " This has got to be one of the more depressing books I've ever read. I read this book after watching the old movie made from this book called "The Heiress" which had Montgomery Cliff and Olivia de Havilland as Catherine and Morris. The movie was great and the book is too. I kept thinking that things would have to turn a corner for poor Catherine, and to an extent I suppose they did in the end. I loved the sense of dignity she had through the entire story, even in the face of all her circumstances. She's a tragic character, but one that I really liked. Anyway, I really recommend this book - the characters are all beautifully done and the story feels very complete. "

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

    " I liked this one more than Daisy Miller. It was interesting to read this one right before reading 'Portrait of a Lady' because of the comments that James makes on the differences between Americans and the British. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess | 2/3/2014

    " I believe that one of James's best strengths is creating hate-able characters. Until 2/3 of the way through the book, none of the four main characters show any redeeming features. Both Dr. Sloper and Morris Townsend emotionally manipulate Catherine and Mrs. Penniman only wants their story to play out like a romance novel. The ease in which these three manipulate Catherine makes it very hard to have sympathy for her. However, the characters and the settings are painted in such detail that it is hard to turn away. I was expecting Catherine to end up marrying Morris and turning into even more of a shell then she already was. I was pleasantly surprised to see her stand up for herself to all three of them. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David Rae | 1/20/2014

    " whoa...comic relief and not much else "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 1/16/2014

    " This is a classic....James is a master at describing real life...in real life time. In other words "it takes some thirty or forty pages worth of such sentences to establish that two dowagers had had tea, and had discussed the upcoming marriage of someone distantly related to them." But you really can get hooked! Not for men...purely a chick book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Guy | 1/12/2014

    " Pretty good, I guess. It's a bit abstruse but still a good story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Celeste | 1/6/2014

    " I found the author's writing style really unique and at the beginning it was hard to get into the story. But it had some great, humorous lines in it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 12/22/2013

    " The second James novel for me. I didn't care for the Turn of the Screw, but this was quite enjoyable; like Jane Austen if she were much more interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/8/2013

    " It's been a long time since I read this book but I thought it was sad and beautiful "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 10/20/2013

    " I liked this - the characters are interesting. I stayed curious about what would happen. I recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucy | 10/7/2013

    " I don't think James can have liked people much. There's certainly no-one to like in this short book. You might think, being so short, it would be a good introduction to his work, but it somehow lacks the looniness of his later stuff. It's not one to reread, but I suppose important for the canon. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Beryl | 9/9/2013

    " I found it a bit boring but I had to read it twice because of the huge number of details. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 7/21/2013

    " Okay, so this is a rare case where the movie is better than the book (the movie's ending is AWESOME!), but the book is still good. But I learned that you shouldn't let your parents rule your life. And that all guys are jerks. Okay, not really. Just in the 19th century. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 6/19/2013

    " I was traveling and had this book on my ITouch when I ran out of other options. It was more to my taste than Daisy Miller but still not my favorite Henry James. I did end up liking the heroine but it's hard to relate to the effete New York society and the mean doctor-father that James describes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 3/9/2013

    " This book was actually a surprise...I really liked it. I'm looking forward to reading some of his other books (and re-reading the Turn of the Screw). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caitlin Emery | 1/26/2013

    " A neatly packaged novel. But I fear my dislike for almost all of the characters will keep me from thinking about this one again. Catherine redeemed herself in terms of my overall reagard in the end, but did not claim a place on my favorite heroines list. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 1/20/2013

    " I was so proud of myself for reading such a "classic." And I completely enjoyed it, until I was completely disappointed by the ending. "

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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 Hope has had leading roles in many films, including Aliens as Gorman, Hellbound: Hellraiser II, Shining Through, and The Saint. His television credits include the Shell Seekers, As Time Goes By, and Gimme Gimme Gimme. On the London stage, he has appeared in The Seven Year Itch, The False Servant, and Doctor of Honour. He has appeared regionally in All My Sons, Twelfth Night, Way of the World, and La Ronde.