The Portrait of a Lady

  • by Henry James
  • Narrated by Wanda McCaddon
  • 21 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Portrait of a Lady is the most stunning achievement of Henry James' early period - in the 1860s and '70s, when he was transforming himself from a talented young American into a resident of Europe, a citizen of the world, and one of the greatest novelists of modern times. A kind of delight at the success of this transformation informs this masterpiece.When Isabel Archer, a young American woman with looks, wit, and imagination, arrives in Europe, she sees the world as "a place of brightness, of free expression, of irresistible action". She turns aside from suitors who offer her their wealth and devotion to follow her own path. But that way leads to disillusionment and a future as constricted as "a dark narrow alley with a dead wall at the end". In one of the most moving conclusions in modern fiction, Isabel makes her final choice.

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Bleak and believable

Beautifully read, but oh so bleak. You have to love James to love this one. I like James, and liked this.
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- Karen

Complex and absorbing

Listening to this audio book was one of the great literary experiences of my life. Like most of James's novels it is complex; but once I got absorbed in the story I was completely hooked. Wanda McCadden's reading is phenomenal.
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- Patricia Marino

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-29-2008
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio