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  • 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
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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.

    MRS says: "gripping novel"
  • 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
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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
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    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!"
  • Morning Frost | James Henry

    Morning Frost

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By James Henry
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
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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
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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

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By James Henry
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
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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 Aspern Papers (BBC Radio 4: Book at Bedtime) | Henry James

    The Aspern Papers (BBC Radio 4: Book at Bedtime)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 36 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Samuel West
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    A BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime recording of Samuel West reading from the novella The Aspern Papers by Henry James, set against the decaying grandeur of Venice. Originally broadcast 26 April - 4 May 2010. Henry James took as inspiration for this tale the story of a mistress of Byron's who outlived the poet into lonely old age. He transposed the setting to Venice and cast the city he loved as a character in a taut narrative of literary theft and deception.

  • Daisy Miller | Henry James

    Daisy Miller

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Kitty Hendrix
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    Daisy Miller portrays the courtship of a beautiful American girl by Winterbourne, a sophisticated compatriot of hers. His pursuit of her is hampered by her own flirtatiousness, which is frowned upon by the other expatriates when they meet in Switzerland and Italy.

  • What Maisie Knew | Henry James

    What Maisie Knew

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

  • Fifty Thrilling Stories: Thrillers, Mysteries, Dark Crimes, and Strange Happenings | G. K. Chesterton,Arthur Conan-Doyle,Henry Rider Haggard,M. R. James,H. P. Lovecraft,O. Henry,Rudyard Kipling

    Fifty Thrilling Stories: Thrillers, Mysteries, Dark Crimes, and Strange Happenings

    • ABRIDGED (25 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By G. K. Chesterton, Arthur Conan-Doyle, Henry Rider Haggard, and others
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    A wonderful collection of classic thrillers, mystery stories, crime tales and weird accounts of uncanny events.1. Query by "Seamark" 2. The Furnished Room by O. Henry 3.The Dancing Partner by Jerome K. Jerome 4. The Squaw by Bram Stoker 5. The 19 Club by A. J. Alan 6. The Interruption by W. W. Jacobs7. Laura by Saki 8. A Descent into the Maelström by Edgar Allan Poe 9. The Diver by A. J. Alan10. The Man of the Night by Edgar Wallace11. The Burglary by Arnold Bennett

    James says: "Horrific reading"
  • The Ambassadors | Henry James

    The Ambassadors

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
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    Lambert Strether, a mild, middle-aged American of no particular achievements, is dispatched to Paris from the manufacturing empire of Woollett, Massachusetts. The mission conferred on him by his august patron, Mrs. Newsome, is to discover what, or who, is keeping her son Chad in the notorious city of pleasure and to bring him home. But Strether finds Chad transformed by the influence of a remarkable woman.

    nicolette king says: "Much impressed with first audio book"
  • Blackwater | James Henry

    Blackwater

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Henry
    • Narrated By Tim Bruce
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    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"
  • 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.

    solideoplacere says: "Disagreeable"
  • Classic Ghost Stories 1 | Bram Stoker,F. Marion Crawford,Charles Dickens,Edgar Allan Poe, Saki,O. Henry,Rudyard Kipling,M.R. James,P.C. Wren,Vincent O'Sullivan

    Classic Ghost Stories 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker, F. Marion Crawford, Charles Dickens, and others
    • Narrated By Richard Pasco
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    Here is a collection of spine-tingling ghost stories, read by Richard Pasco. They include "The Judge's House" by Bram Stoker, "The Upper Berth" by F. Marion Crawford, "Narrative of the Ghost of a Hand" and "To Be Taken with a Grain of Salt" by Charles Dickens, "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe, "Gabriel-Ernest" by Saki, "The Furnished Room" by O. Henry, "My Own True Ghost Story" by Rudyard Kipling, "Lost Hearts" by M. R. James, "Called" by P.C. Wren, and more.

    Panda says: "Cracking short stories well read"
  • First Frost | James Henry

    First Frost

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By James Henry
    • Narrated By David Jason
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    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"
  • The Turn of the Screw | Henry James

    The Turn of the Screw

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Rosalyn Landor
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    One of the most daunting ghost stories to ever be written, Henry James' The Turn of the Screw follows the transformation of Miles (age 10) and Flora (age eight) from well-behaved children to deceitful liars. When a governess comes to their country estate to look after the children, she and Flora are separately visited by a ghost; however Flora denies the experience and Miles claims to never have been visited by one, even when evidence supports an evil plot between the children and the ghosts.

  • 5 Personal Development Classics: Five All-Time Bestsellers | Napoleon Hill,George Lincoln Walton,Henry Thomas Hamblin,James Allen,Frank Channing Haddock

    5 Personal Development Classics: Five All-Time Bestsellers

    • ORIGINAL (23 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Napoleon Hill, George Lincoln Walton, Henry Thomas Hamblin, and others
    • Narrated By Napoleon Hill, George Lincoln Walton, Henry Thomas Hamblin, and others
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    What would your life look like if you could distill the wisdom of the ages and make it your own? Now you can! Far from being "lost classics", this collection of audiobooks offers timeless jewels from some of the greatest names in personal development. Every success fundamental is explored in detail to bring you keen insights to savor - and use! These rare classics are sure to transform your perspective and your life.

    predator says: "needs a different narrator, boring"
  • Washington Square | Henry James

    Washington Square

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Adam Sims
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    Washington Square tells the poignant and gently comic story of Catherine Sloper, a sweet and unassuming young heiress, and her fortune-seeking suitor Morris Townsend. Set in New York City during the 1840s, the story follows Ms. Sloper's conflicts with her concerned father, who attempts to thwart Mr. Townsend, and her busybody aunt, who encourages the attachment. But amid all the duplicity and folly, Ms. Sloper slowly grows towards independence and maturity, and begins to make her own decisions.

  • Washington Square | Henry James

    Washington Square

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ehle
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    The battle between a father and a daughter is usually portrayed in literature as a struggle between a headstrong but feisty girl and a tradition-bound lead weight of a father. Henry James, of course, had to do it somewhat differently. He tells a story of an intelligent man riding the turn of the tide in mid-19th-century New York and watching what he sees as his numbingly dull and conventional daughter making the mistake of her life in her choice of husband.

  • Roderick Hudson | Henry James

    Roderick Hudson

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Nicholas Clifford
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    Hudson is a young law student in Northampton, Massachusetts, who shows such surprising ability as a sculptor that the rich Rowland Mallett, visiting a cousin in Northampton, decides to stake him to several years of study in Rome, then a center of expatriate American society. The story has to do not only with Roderick's growth as an artist and the problems it brings, but also as a man susceptible to his new environment, and indeed his occasional rivalries with his American friend and patron.

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