Washington Square (Recorded Books Edition)

  • by Henry James
  • Narrated by John McDonough
  • 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Henry James’ stories are classic gems of subtle wit and irony. Set in the exacting social landscape of New York City at the turn of the century, Washington Square is the tale of a wealthy but shy young woman caught between conflicting family expectations. John McDonough’s warm narration traces her remarkable inner journey.


Audible Editor Reviews

In Henry James' Washington Square, a loving but simple daughter struggles to live up to her brilliant father's expectations. This tragicomedy looks at family and betrayal through this one strained parent-child relationship. John McDonough, in his versatile British voice, performs this classic stylishly. With a bright and formal tone, McDonough tackles the lyrical language with vigor. Using his vocal range, McDonough spiritedly embodies both male and female characters. Moreover, his expert pacing and smart pauses make this audiobook a cinch to follow.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Henry James is a hoot

What did you love best about Washington Square (Recorded Books Edition)?

This edition brought out the deep and sly humour in this an early work of the master.

What other book might you compare Washington Square (Recorded Books Edition) to and why?

can't think

Have you listened to any of John McDonough’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, he is the perfect reader for James. He has an old New England voice which gets the pronouncation of the vowels perfectly. A male Katherine Hepburn

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

A bit long, but I would if I could

Any additional comments?

This reading really brings alive an amusing tale by a master storyteller

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- Marianne

Timeless Classic and insightful

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Our Book Club read this novel. We are a critical literary group and WS was an excellent study in early 1900's literature. We are now reading 'The Master' by Colm Toibin in a study of Henry James.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Washington Square (Recorded Books Edition)?

When the sister of the suitor told the Doctor 'Don't let your daughter marry my brother". That turned the tide.

What does John McDonough bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His deep well spoken voice was easy to listen to and suited the story.

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- Eenee

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-12-2010
  • Publisher: Recorded Books