• The Portrait of a Lady

  • By: Henry James
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 26 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 08-10-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (116 ratings)

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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.
Public Domain (P)2016 Naxos AudioBooks
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3 out of 5 stars
By daniela on 03-14-17

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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14 of 14 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Sarah on 04-07-17

Couldn't get past the terrible American accents.

What did you like best about The Portrait of a Lady? What did you like least?

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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13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Bob on 10-27-16

Juliet Stevenson

Juliet Stevenson read this novel with magical skill. Everything she reads is brilliantly done.
The novel is one of the great 19th-century novels and deserved a fine reading. I recommend also her reading of the novels of Virginia Woolf.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By MRS on 09-30-16

gripping novel

wonderful narration - Juliet Stevenson at her best. the characterisation and storyline henry james at his finest . I would strongly recommend .

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Robyn on 01-24-18

♥Breaking, brilliant, a masterpiece ....

Superbly narrated... including US accents. The absolute necessity for a wise and liberal education of women, interacting with the world, from their birth and for wise and empowered mothers... Not even courageous intelligence and especially not money are enough to achieve freedom in a patriarchal world.

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