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The Portrait of a Lady Audiobook

The Portrait of a Lady

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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.

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    MRS 30/09/2016
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    "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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    Bob 27/10/2016
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • daniela
    14/03/17
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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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  • Andre
    Hercules, California, United States
    30/01/17
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    "Real Deep"
    If you could sum up The Portrait of a Lady in three words, what would they be?

    personal, deep, real


    What other book might you compare The Portrait of a Lady to and why?

    Portrait of a Lady is so singular that I would be hard pressed to find a comparison, but I suppose "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Brontë comes closest because they both feature strong, independent women. Portrait of a Lady is groundbreaking in its realism, pulling away from the romanticism of Jane Eyre.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I enjoyed the dialogue both exterior and interior the most. It sounded fresh and real like people today. I could not believe what I was hearing. Isabel Archer's thoughts were my thoughts. I felt like she spoke to and for me. How Henry James got into the mind of this female character amazed me. She is among the most complex women in English literature.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not put off reading this for four years like I did. Read it now. You will be rewarded with one of the richest and most nourishing novels in the English language. I can see why James' masterpiece was voted high as one of the hundred greatest novels of all time.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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