The Aspern Papers

  • by Henry James
  • Narrated by Jonathan Epstein
  • 3 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Aspern Papers, one of Henry James best-known shorter works, is based on a story he heard about a collector of Shelley's manuscripts who attempted to acquire valuable letters from a mysterious old woman living in Florence. Set in beautiful Venice, James' elegant tale of suspense and romance takes the reader down the canals and inner chambers of a bygone era.


What the Critics Say

"Epstein's voice fits well with the text....his reading,full of grace and understatement, brings out James' artful portrayal of these characters and puts his perfectly crafted prose in high relief." (AudioFile)
"James did nothing like an Englishman - or an American. He was a great fact in himself, a new world, a terra incognita that he would devote all his days to mapping for the rest of us....James was the master of the novel in English in a way that no one had ever been before; or has ever been since." (Gore Vidal)


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Customer Reviews

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One of the great novellas

Excellent reading of a James masterpiece. FYI: If you're interested in more about the setting, listen to John Berendt's "City of Falling Angels." He spends time in the Venetian palazzo where James wrote the "The Aspern Papers."
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- Ron L. Caldwell

A Little Gem

Here is Henry James with a little jewel of a story set in Venice. The narrator reads as if he were of the period and the story is told perfectly, with that touch of bemused irony. I enjoyed the audio immensely. Well done.
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- Lois

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-08-2007
  • Publisher: BMA Audio