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Washington Square Audiobook

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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:
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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.”


  • “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 Reviews

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by Alison | 2/7/2014

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

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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

Lorna Raver, named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year, has received numerous Audie Award nominations and fourteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. An experienced stage actress, she has also guest-starred on many top television series and starred in director Sam Raimi’s film Drag Me to Hell. Her numerous audiobook credits include The Age of Innocence, Up from Orchard Street, The Lodger, Selected Readings from the Portable Dorothy Parker, and Diamond Ruby.