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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:
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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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by David Rae | 1/20/2014

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

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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.