The Ambassadors

  • by Henry James
  • Narrated by Peter Gray
  • 20 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Here is Henry James' dark comedic masterpiece, written in the final period of his life.
Lambert Strether goes to Paris to bring back Chad, son of the wealthy New England widow he plans to marry. But he gradually comes to feel that life in Paris may hold more for him than in Woollett, Massachusetts.
American-born English author Henry James (1843- 1916), was one of the founders and leaders of realism in fiction and is considered to be one of the great British novelists.
Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.

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terrible recording

This is a very old recording and the sound quality is very bad. I don't think it should be available through audible.
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- london girl "juliastanton"

A very problematic reading

I usually love the RNIB audiobooks: they may have an "older" feel to them, but the narrators are all unmistakably professional and generally do their jobs extremely well. Peter Grey is also a professional narrator, but sadly he is not the right man for this audiobook. First of all, his accent is so "plummy" that it would make the Queen sound common. This in itself is not a very big problem for me, but if you're not used to this sort of accent it might be enough to completely ruin the audiobook. Listen to the sample and decide. But the bigger issue is that most of the characters in the book are Americans, and Mr. Grey tries to read their parts with an American accent, which is where he completely and utterly fails. His idea of an American accent seems to be to pronounce all the R's, but all his vowel sounds remain unchanged. It would have been much better had he not tried at all, and read everything in his own accent. A secondary problem is that he barely differentiates the different characters' voices, but there are enough cues in the text itself and in the paragraph breaks to make this tolerable.

In the end, I was able to ignore the narrator's shortcomings and follow the prose, but it was hard work. I would recommend looking for another version of this book, unless your own accent happens to be like that of Mr. Grey, in which case you probably wouldn't mind it.
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- Erez

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-03-2008
  • Publisher: RNIB