The Portrait of a Lady

  • by Henry James
  • Narrated by Juliet Stevenson
  • 26 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Portrait of a Lady tells the compelling and ultimately tragic tale of a beautiful young American woman's encounter with European sophistication. Set principally in England and Italy, the story follows Isabel Archer's fortunes as a variety of admirers vie for her hand. Her choice will be crucial, and she is not wanting for advice, whether from the generous-spirited Ralph Touchett or the charming Madame Merle.
The Portrait of a Lady was an immediate success upon publication; it remains the most popular of James' longer works and is generally regarded as the masterpiece of his early period.

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Narrator missed main character voice

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Said that Juliet Stevenson is one of my favorite narrator, she made sound the heroin, Isabel Archer, like an idiot.Forgive me Juilet I truly love you but a young American doesn't have to sound idiotic, she supposed to be very smart.


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- daniela

Couldn't get past the terrible American accents.

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I didn't finish listening to this audiobook because Ms. Stevenson's American accent was terrible. I loved her reading of Middlemarch, but she really dropped the ball on The Portrait of a Lady. The characters sounded stiff and two dimensional and overall, the quality of the reading distracted from the story.


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- Sarah

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-10-2016
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks