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When Chadwick Newsome lingers too long in Paris, his mother, a wealthy New England widow, sends her fiancé, Lambert Strether, to fetch him home. Newsome refuses, extending his stay while Strether finds himself lured by the intrigue of Parisian life.
Published in 1903, The Ambassadors is regarded as a masterpiece of American fiction for its exceptional structure, its moral significance, and its depiction of the contrasting New and Old World cultures. Henry James considered this his finest novel.
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1 out of 5 stars
By Donna on 10-12-09

Worst narration ever

The book itself certainly isn't H.J.'s finest work, but I knew that going in. My rating of one star refers only to the reader. His reading is so halting and without inflection, I actually found myself scrolling back and repeating sections to attempt to grasp what was meant. It sounds as if every word came as a (disconnected) surprise to him. Honestly, it's atrocious. I am an avid (and usually patient) reader and listener, and for me to quit a book as I did this one is unheard of. Save yourself the irritation.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Julia on 09-12-07

Maddening

This book is almost impossible to bear because it is James at his most ridiculously contradictory and virtually everything is learned through accounts of what the hero observes rather than through direct conversation or action. The narrator mostly sounds like a robot, but if you stick with it, the whole mess grows on you. James really can write.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Claire on 08-08-08

Speak and Spell

After 45 minutes, I could take it no longer. The narration of this book is AWFUL! It soulds like a speak and spell toy. There is no infection in this mans voice whatsoever. Don't waste your money on this version.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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