Washington Square

  • by Henry James
  • Narrated by Lorna Raver
  • 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A wealthy spinster receives a proposal from a dashing suitor, and her father threatens her with disinheritance if she accepts, in Henry James's masterful exploration of the moral consequences of a tender heart's ruthless manipulation.


Audible Editor Reviews

This work is certainly a period piece, taking place in late-nineteenth-century New York, and its themes of morality, dignity, and responsibility place it outside the realm of most fiction being written today. Still, this story of a woman, Catherine Sloper, choosing her fiancée over her father despite the terrible consequences is absorbing, and ranks as one of the author's best efforts. Lorna Raver doesn't just narrate this novel; she inhabits it. Her voice is clear and includes a hint of huskiness that serves her well when creating male characters. It also allows her to alter her pitch ever so slightly to perfectly capture the females. Raver uses pauses for dramatic effect and narrates as though every word deserves its place on the page.


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Customer Reviews

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Loved this book!

Very good Audible performance. Since the movie "The Heiress@ is one of my favorite movies, I have been wanting to read this book. I loved the formal speech of the time and liked the story. I recommend this classic.
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- Sandra K. Heinzman


What made the experience of listening to Washington Square the most enjoyable?

I love the performance of the reader!!The accents, the voices, the intonation..!!great!!

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I wouldn't dare to change a word to Mr. Henry James!!!

What about Lorna Raver’s performance did you like?


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- alvaro de torres

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-24-2008
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio