The Wings of the Dove

  • by Henry James
  • Narrated by Wanda McCaddon
  • 18 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This classic Henry James morality tale involves a triangle of friends and lovers doomed by overreaching desire and treachery.
In early 20th-century London, Kate Croy is secretly engaged to Merton Denscher, a journalist possessing all the qualities of an ideal husband except money. By chance, Kate befriends American heiress Milly Theale, whom she learns is suffering from a mysterious fatal illness. Kate, who truly cares for Milly, devises a scheme to maximize their combined assets: she encourages Merton to take an interest in Milly, to seduce her, and finally, to marry her. By lending her lover to brighten Milly's few remaining days, Kate intends to make him a rich widower whom she herself can marry. But such well-laid plans are not enough for the subtlety of the heart.

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What the Critics Say

"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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Wings!

Henry James is the man. This masterpiece can be read and listened to again and again -- it is never the same -- it changes and grows as we do. Great to have a new recording. What a shame that more of James books are not available on Audible.
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- Alain "professor. like great and VERY good books, fiction and history, mainly"

Good book - challenging read/listen

The Wings of the Dove is a brilliant book, not just an alltime classic, but i think its' ideas were far ahead of its' time.
I should say - it is a challenging read and listen - Henry James' writing fashion and condensed syntax is complex and requires patience, but i think it's worth the effort.
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- Vered

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-10-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.