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  • The Portrait of a Lady

  • By: Henry James
  • Narrated by: John Wood
  • Length: 23 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

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, declaring that she will never marry. 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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • James's writing is sublime

  • By Mrs on 10-03-13

Took a long time but loved it

4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-13

What did you like most about The Portrait of a Lady?

I loved Henry James's descriptions. He takes his time and you have to be patient with the pace of the story but it's great. Didn't have quite the ending I wanted but then it was up to the writer not me!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The point where she realizes there's a betrayal and an undercurrent in her relationship to her best friend was pretty good. As was the description of her growing realization of the true nature of her husband's character. Very moving.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Brothers Karamazov

  • By: Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator)
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 34 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

The Brothers Karamazov tells the stirring tale of four brothers: the pleasure-seeking, impatient Dmitri; the brilliant and morose Ivan; the gentle, loving, and honest Alyosha; and the illegitimate Smerdyakov: shy, silent, and cruel. The four unite in the murder of one of literature's most despicable characters - their father. This was Dostoevsky's final and best work.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unlistenable

  • By Su on 31-05-11


1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-05-11

The reader pauses all wrongly and has a very supercilious voice. Had to abandon listening it was driving me mad.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful