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If you have had trouble navigating the winding sentences of Henry James, try this, his first novel. It's normal! An excellent character study of the most rational of men and the most passionate, and the three women who loved one of them.
After Roderick, try some other Henry James audiobooks. He is most understandable read aloud, in my experience.
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What was most disappointing about Henry James’s story?
I was never able to listen to the story. An hour in, I was still hearing only James' excruciatingly dull author's preface. Fast forwarding, I was never able to find where the preface ended and the story began. If I were a James scholar, I'm sure I'd find this preface useful; as a regular reader, I couldn't bear it. This book was a terrible waste of money.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Roderick Hudson?
Cut the preface. Or provide some kind of marker that would help listeners skip it and get right to the story.