The Portrait of a Lady

  • by Henry James
  • Narrated by Marvin Kane
  • 24 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Portrait of a Lady is often regarded as Henry James's greatest achievement.
The novel tells the story of beautiful, intelligent, and headstrong Isabel Archer, as she leaves her native America and embarks on a journey of self discovery in Europe.
Published as a book in 1881, it explores his familiar themes including the conflict between American individualism and European social custom and the situation of Americans in Europe. It also treats in a profound way the themes of personal freedom, responsibility, betrayal, and sexuality.
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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Customer Reviews

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The worst listen in over 280 audio books!

What disappointed you about The Portrait of a Lady?

The production. The story was good - better than expected in that the lovers actually do consummate their romance and marry even if unhappily. But the narration and the production was not worthy of Henry James. There were long pauses and many errors in the reading. There was no enthusiasm in the reading and no attempt to get in character.

What other book might you compare The Portrait of a Lady to and why?

Dickens, Jane Austen etc.

Would you be willing to try another one of Marvin Kane’s performances?


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- judy wiley

Audio issues make a frustrating experience

While the novel provides an intriguing look into the complications of wealth in late 19th century, audio issues distracted from the start--random sounds like bumping into a a table, coughing and throats clearing in the background every few minutes were aggravating.
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- Ms. LVDA

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-26-2009
  • Publisher: RNIB