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Henry James

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  • The Wings of the Dove | Henry James

    The Wings of the Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Milly Theale is a young, beautiful, and fabulously wealthy American. When she arrives in London and meets the equally beautiful but impoverished Kate Croy, they form an intimate friendship. But nothing is as it seems: materialism, romance, self-delusion, and ultimately fatal illness insidiously contaminate the glamorous social whirl.

  • The Portrait of a Lady | Henry James

    The Portrait of a Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (13)
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    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.

    Bob says: "Juliet Stevenson"
  • The Turn of the Screw | Henry James

    The Turn of the Screw

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Emma Thompson, Richard Armitage - introduction
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
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    (54)
    Story
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    Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Emmy winner Emma Thompson lends her immense talent and experienced voice to Henry James' Gothic ghost tale, The Turn of the Screw. When a governess is hired to care for two children at a British country estate, she begins to sense an otherworldly presence around the grounds. Are they really ghosts she's seeing? Or is something far more sinister at work?

    bookylady says: "A Classic Ghost Story But I'm Still None The Wiser"
  • First Frost | James Henry

    First Frost

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By James Henry
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
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    (51)
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    (50)

    Denton, 1981. Britain is in recession, the IRA is becoming increasingly active and the country's on alert for an outbreak of rabies. Detective Sergeant Jack Frost is working under his mentor, DI Bert Williams, and coping badly with his increasingly strained marriage. Superintendent Stanley Mullett has been at Denton for only six months and is desperately trying to restore order within the chronically depleted ranks, while refurbishing the dilapidated Eagle Lane HQ.

    Peter says: "Made me laugh out loud!"
  • Blackwater | James Henry

    Blackwater

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Henry
    • Narrated By Tim Bruce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
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    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    January 1983, Colchester CID. A new year brings new resolutions for Detective Inspector Nicholas Lowry. With one eye on his approaching 40th birthday, he has given up his two greatest vices: smoking and the police boxing team. As a result the largest remaining threat to his health is now his junior colleague's reckless driving.

    Rogayah says: "Essex-on-sea"
  • Washington Square (Blackstone Audio Edition) | Henry James

    Washington Square (Blackstone Audio Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    On New York City's Washington Square lives Catherine Sloper, a shy and plain-looking young woman who is tyrannized by her wealthy, overbearing father. When young Morris Townsend begins to court her, Dr. Sloper, distrusting his motives, threatens to disinherit Catherine. In accordance with her father's suspicions, young Townsend disappears, leaving Catherine to humiliation, heartache, and lonely spinsterhood.

    glassophile says: "impeccable reading
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  • The Bostonians | Henry James

    The Bostonians

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    From Boston's social underworld emerges Verena Tarrant, a girl with extraordinary oratorical gifts, which she deploys in tawdry meeting-houses on behalf of "the sisterhood of women". She acquires two admirers of a very different stamp: Olive Chancellor, devotee of radical causes, and marked out for tragedy; and Basil Ransom, veteran of the Civil War, with rigid views concerning society and women's place therein. Is the lovely, lighthearted Verena made for public movements or private passions?

  • Fatal Frost | James Henry

    Fatal Frost

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By James Henry
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
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    (74)
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    May, 1982. Britain celebrates the sinking of the Belgrano, Jimmy Savile has the run of the airwaves and Denton Police Division welcomes its first black policeman, DC Waters -- recently relocated from Bethnal Green. While the force is busy dealing with a spate of local burglaries, the body of fifteen-year-old Samantha Evans is discovered in woodland next to the nearby railway track. Then a fifteen-year-old boy is found dead on Denton's golf course, his organs removed.

    Monsieur Ghost says: "Hurrah, another Frost!"
  • The Turn of the Screw | Henry James

    The Turn of the Screw

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Simon Vance, Vanessa Benjamin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (29)
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    One of the world's most famous intellectual ghost stories, The Turn of the Screw is a haunting tale of suspected supernatural possession. A governess at a country house claims that Miles and Flora, two orphaned children in her care, are being controlled by spirits for some evil purpose. No one else can see the ghosts, and the children themselves are silent. Are they being dominated by spectral forces, or are they hiding something? Is the governess simply paranoid, or is something else going on?

    jimthistle says: "A little impenetrable"
  • The Golden Bowl | Henry James

    The Golden Bowl

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Simon Prebble
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    Published in 1904, The Golden Bowl is the last completed novel of Henry James. In it, the widowed American Adam Verver is in Europe with his daughter Maggie. They are rich, finely appreciative of European art and culture, and deeply attached to each other. Maggie has all the innocent charm of so many of Jamess young American heroines. She is engaged to Amerigo, an impoverished Italian prince; he must marry money, and as his name suggests, an American heiress is the perfect solution.

    Aquilina Christophorus says: "Sticking to print, for now"
  • The American | Henry James

    The American

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Nicholas Clifford
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    "The American" is a novel by Henry James was originally published as a serial in "The Atlantic Monthly" in 1876-1877 and then as a book in 1877. The novel is an uneasy combination of social comedy and melodrama concerning the adventures and misadventures of Christopher Newman, an essentially good-hearted but rather gauche American businessman on his first tour of Europe. Newman is looking for a world different from the simple, harsh realities of 19th century American business.

  • First Frost | James Henry

    First Frost

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By James Henry
    • Narrated By David Jason
    Overall
    (23)
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    (5)
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    (6)

    Detective Sergeant Jack Frost, now in his early 40s, is working under his mentor and inspiration, Detective Inspector Bert Williams. But when DI Williams fails to turn up for work, DS Frost is temporarily put in charge of a sensitive investigation into a missing 12-year-old girl.

    Joanne says: "Typical Jack Frost"
  • Morning Frost | James Henry

    Morning Frost

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By James Henry
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
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    (64)
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    November 5th, 1982. It's been one of the worst days of Detective Sergeant Jack Frost's life. He has buried his wife Mary, and must now endure the wake, attended by all of Denton's finest. All, that is, apart from DC Sue Clark, who spends the night chasing a bogus tip-off, before being summoned to the discovery of a human foot. And the night gets worse. Local entrepreneur Harry Baskin is shot inside his club, an off-licence is set on fire and a famous painting goes missing. And Superintendant Mullett's attempts to join the Freemasons are being rudely thwarted.

    Matthew Hewittt says: "Ignore other reviewer giving low score..."
  • The Portrait of a Lady | Henry James

    The Portrait of a Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By John Wood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
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    (49)
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    When Isabel Archer, a beautiful, spirited American, is brought to Europe by her wealthy aunt Touchett, it is expected that she will soon marry. But Isabel, resolved to enjoy the freedom that her fortune has opened up and to determine her own fate, does not hesitate to turn down two eligible suitors. It is only when she finds herself irresistibly drawn to the cultivated but worthless Gilbert Osmond that she discovers that wealth is a two-edged sword and that there is a price to be paid for independence.

    Mrs says: "James's writing is sublime"
  • Fatal Frost | James Henry

    Fatal Frost

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By James Henry
    • Narrated By David Jason
    Overall
    (15)
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    (10)
    Story
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    May, 1982. Britain celebrates the sinking of the Belgrano, Jimmy Savile has the run of the airwaves and Denton Police Division welcomes its first black policeman, DC Waters - recently relocated from East London. While the force is busy dealing with a spate of local burglaries, the body of 15-year-old Samantha Ellis is discovered in woodland next to the nearby railway track. Then a 15-year-old boy is found dead on Denton's golf course, his organs removed.

    Ivan says: "Good story line"
  • What Maisie Knew | Henry James

    What Maisie Knew

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Maureen O' Brien
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Maisie is an innocent six year-old, torn between her divorced parents, pathetically isolated yet tragically involved.

  • The Portrait of a Lady (Classic Serial) | Henry James,Rachel Joyce (dramatisation)

    The Portrait of a Lady (Classic Serial)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Henry James, Rachel Joyce (dramatisation)
    • Narrated By Anna Maxwell Martin, Haydn Gwynne, Robert Bathurst, and others
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    Henry James's novel, dramatised by Rachel Joyce. Young and beautiful, Isabel Archer thinks that she is in control of her fate. Little does she know, however, that others behind the scenes are pulling the strings. The beautiful and free-spirited Isabel Archer is now a very rich woman. Two men have declared their love for her but she does not want to be married. Resolved to enjoy her fortune, she begins her travels. Starring Anna Maxwell Martin, Haydn Gwynne, Robert Bathurst, Gayle Hunnicutt and full cast. Pianist Duncan Walsh Atkins. Directed by Tracey Neale.

  • The Aspern Papers | Henry James

    The Aspern Papers

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Adams Sims
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    In The Aspern Papers, a cold and ruthless literary biographer travels to Venice on the trail of personal letters belonging to the deceased American poet Jeffrey Aspern. His journey takes him to a dilapidated, rambling house belonging to an elderly woman named Juliana Bordereau and her lonely niece, Miss Tina. Just how far will he go to get what he wants? Will morality confront his personal ambition and literary curiosity?

  • The Spoils of Poynton | Henry James

    The Spoils of Poynton

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Maureen O'Brien
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    Mrs Gereth is convinced that Fleda Vetch would make the perfect daughter-in-law. Only the dreamy, highly-strung young woman can genuinely appreciate, and perhaps eventually share, Mrs Gereth's passion for her 'things' - the antique treasures she has amassed at Poynton Park in the south of England. Owen Gereth, however, has inconveniently become engaged to the uncultured Mona Brigstock.

    Veronica says: "Unexpectedly compelling..."
  • The Aspern Papers | Henry James

    The Aspern Papers

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Jeremy Northam
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    One of the wittiest and most scathing of Henry James' novellas, The Aspern Papers chronicles the attempt to extract the valuable letters of the famous and recently deceased poet Jeffrey Aspern from the hands of his past lover and formidable adversary in the battle Juliana Bordereau. The plot was reputedly suggested to James by a story he heard of an illicit attempt to get hold of several of Lord Byron's letters.

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