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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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    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"
  • Classic Tales of Horror | Ambrose Bierce,Bram Stoker,Charles Dickens,Henry James,H P Lovecraft,Daniel Defoe,Mary Shelley,W W Jacobs

    Classic Tales of Horror

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ambrose Bierce, Bram Stoker, Charles Dickens, and others
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton Stevens, Sarah Douglas, Ben Onwukwe, and others
    Overall
    (11)
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    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Classic Tales Of Horror offers up fifteen slices of powerful story-telling from the world's great mystery & classic horror authors. From Henry James and Ambrose Bierce to Bram Stoker and Charles Dickens. Read by John Waite (BBC Radio 4), Sarah Douglas (Superman I & II), Michael Fenton-Stevens (Spitting Image, KYTV, Hitch-Hiker's Guide) and Ben Onwukwe (London's Burning, Othello).

    Ash Pryce says: "Wonderfully read, wonderfully chosen"
  • 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
    (79)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (76)

    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"
  • Frost at Midnight | James Henry

    Frost at Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By James Henry
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    August, 1983. Denton is preparing for a wedding. DS Waters should be on top of the world with less than a week to go until he marries Kim Myles. But the Sunday before the big day, the body of a young woman is found in the churchyard, and their wedding venue becomes a crime scene. DS Jack Frost has been homeless for the past three months. He's been staying with DC Sue Clarke but with a baby to take care of and the imminent arrival of her mother, she's given him his marching orders.

    Flint says: "As Good as the Original"
  • 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
    (78)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    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.

    Mrs says: "James's writing is sublime"
  • 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
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    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
    "
  • Fatal Frost | James Henry

    Fatal Frost

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By James Henry
    • Narrated By David Jason
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    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"
  • 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
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    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.

    gill says: "not for me!"
  • Morning Frost | James Henry

    Morning Frost

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By James Henry
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (79)

    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..."
  • First Frost | James Henry

    First Frost

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By James Henry
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (67)

    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!"
  • Fatal Frost | James Henry

    Fatal Frost

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By James Henry
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (85)

    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.

    Simon says: "Like a Comfy Pair of Old Slippers"
  • The Ambassadors | Henry James

    The Ambassadors

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By John Chancer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    American Lambert Strether is sent to Paris on behalf of Mrs. Newsome, his fiancée, to collect her son, Chad. When Strether finds Chad, he discovers an altered man and becomes introduced to a free and unconventional style of life that soon intoxicates him. His views begin to change; the morality of Woollett, his hometown, becomes foreign, and the "ambassador" loses sight of his mission....

  • 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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    (12)
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    (10)
    Story
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    Maisie is an innocent six year-old, torn between her divorced parents, pathetically isolated yet tragically involved.

  • Fifty Enthralling Short Stories | W. F. Harvey,Rudyard Kipling,J. D. Beresford,Ambrose Bierce,M. R. James,Kate Chopin,O. Henry

    Fifty Enthralling Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By W. F. Harvey, Rudyard Kipling, J. D. Beresford, and others
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    A fascinating and varied collection of 50 great classic short stories, including ghost stories, crimes, humorous tales and passionate romance.

  • Blackwater | James Henry

    Blackwater

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Henry
    • Narrated By Tim Bruce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    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
    Overall
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    (8)
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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"
  • First Frost | James Henry

    First Frost

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By James Henry
    • Narrated By David Jason
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    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"
  • Classic American Short Stories, Volume 3 | Mark Twain,Nathaniel Hawthorne,Shirley Jackson,James Thurber,O. Henry,Stephen Crane,Sherwood Anderson,Ring Lardner,Henry James,Katherine Porter

    Classic American Short Stories, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Mark Twain, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Shirley Jackson, and others
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
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    An astounding collection American Short Stories, classics from the best authors of modern history. Includes stories from Mark Twain, O. Henry, Katherine Porter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and many more of the greats.

  • The Portrait of a Lady | Henry James

    The Portrait of a Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    An American heiress newly arrived in Europe, Isabel does not look to a man to furnish her with destiny; instead, she desires, with grace and courage, to find it herself. Two eligible suitors approach her and are refused. She then becomes utterly captivated by the languid charms of Gilbert Osmond.

    Francis says: "A subtle portrait"
  • 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
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    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.

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