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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, Lorna Raver Narrator: Lorna Raver Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2008 ISBN: 9781400180141
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Washington Square is the story of Catherine Sloper, a young heiress who is wooed by Morris Townsend, a handsome gentleman who is more interested in Catherine’s inheritance than he is in her. When the two get engaged against the wishes of her stubborn father, Catherine must make a choice between the only man she will ever love and the wealth that she will inherit. 

Named for the upscale area of New York in which the novel is set, Washington Square is a classic examination of social class in mid-nineteenth-century New York.

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Quotes & Awards

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

    Graham Greene, New York Times bestselling author of The Comedians

  • “Lorna Raver doesn’t just read this book; she inhabits it.”

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  • “Washington Square is a perfectly balanced novel…a work of surpassing refinement and interest.”

    Elizabeth Hardwick, author of The Ghostly Lover

  • An Audie Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 2/18/2014

    " I enjoyed listening to this book, but I wanted the heroine, who everyone thought was rather pathetic, to prove them wrong. Catherine appears to be smarter towards the end of the book, but never gets to be happy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry | 2/14/2014

    " This book is worth more than three stars, but I can't say that I loved it. Definitely worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/10/2014

    " Excellent livre comme tout les Jules Verne "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alison | 2/7/2014

    " so, I really had no feelings about this book... I didn't really care what happened to anyone... so yeah "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phillip | 1/19/2014

    " Forging past the aloof writing style, the reader is almost surprised to find a certain wry wit emerging in this tale of a father and daughter as they duel over the suitability of her suitor. In the end it proves to be an ant-romance novel shooting down all the superficial expectations the aunt, and perhaps the reader, has developed from the passion of popular love stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cass | 1/13/2014

    " This will be a bit of a spoiler, so stop reading if you want to read this. It was not until after I read the book that I found it was a tragicomedy. Not sure where the humor was but I get the tragedy part. Well written. Nice to read an American classic instead of English classic. I was surprised at the difference in style and tone. I liked the book but it was really sad. "

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

    " Well written and I thoroughly enjoyed this classic "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mckinley | 1/10/2014

    " Like the story but I find James difficult to read; feels like an elephant taking a slow walk to the river for a drink. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 12/20/2013

    " Still can't decide whether to admire Catherine or feel terribly sorry for her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drewkosztyo | 12/18/2013

    " A timeless classic -- the book that Jane Austen would have written, had she had written a book about New York. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 12/1/2013

    " This book is from The Big Read. It was well written and I can understand why it was selected for The Big Read. However, it is really hard to like a book when you find all the characters unlikeable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 8/24/2013

    " Though not as efficient as DAISY MILLER, the emotions prove to be more powerful. A book that merits days of thought. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 7/12/2013

    " Boy, I'm a pretty good dad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 7/10/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 4/13/2013

    " Not one of my favorite Henry James novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 4/4/2013

    " I'd forgotten how much I love the words of Henry James and this heartbreaking story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Em | 10/30/2012

    " I liked it more than everybody else in my class, but it was rather dry and obviously depressing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 9/20/2012

    " Read the book. See the movie -- "The Heiress" (1949) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill Gordon | 6/18/2012

    " For some reason I wanted to read some Henry James. A glimpse into a long-ago world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Guy | 5/15/2012

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaclyn | 1/20/2012

    " 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. "

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

    " Reading this book for my book club. It's a bit like going back to school, challenging my brain with "real literature," but I'm glad I'm reading it. I think I'll appreciate it more after our book club discussion in one week. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 4/23/2011

    " This is a great book to read for folks who have finished all the Jane Austen books and are dying to read more Jane Austen. The humor is more dry and not as punchy, but it is there. Beautiful writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lewis | 3/29/2011

    " It says a lot about an author when he can dedicate so much time and effort into making fun of his own characters. I don't think I was in a bitter enough mood for this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 3/23/2011

    " I read the first chapter or more, wasn't impressed. Skipped to the end of the book and felt like I didn't miss much. Not worth my reading time--or maybe I am just uncultured. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David | 3/18/2011

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lizzy | 3/7/2011

    " The characters are all terribly annoying, but overall the book is good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/19/2011

    " Good! Better than re-reading all the Jane Austen novels, I think I will start reading Henry James. Good for anyone who likes novels in which marriage prospects are labeled by their annual income. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda K | 2/10/2011

    " Quite a sad tale of a rich, but very plain girl, with a suitor who wants to marry her for her money and a dad who is adamently against it. So descriptive in character studies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hom | 2/9/2011

    " Well written but the characters weren't all that sympathetic. A good read nevertheless. "

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