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The Europeans | [Henry James]

The Europeans

Eugenia, an American expatriate brought up in Europe, arrives in New England with her brother Felix, hoping to find a second husband. Their sophisticated airs cause quite a stir with their affluent, God-fearing American cousins, the Wentworths - and provoke the disapproval of their uncle. Eugenia wins the attentions of Robert Acton, the most appropriate suitor in the area, while also seducing her younger cousin, Clifford. Felix's luxurious romantic ways find acceptance with the American women - particularly Gertrude Wentworth.
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Eugenia, an American expatriate brought up in Europe, arrives in New England with her charming brother Felix, hoping to find a wealthy second husband. Their exotic, sophisticated airs cause quite a stir with their affluent, God-fearing American cousins, the Wentworths - and provoke the disapproval of their uncle.

Eugenia wins the attentions of Robert Acton, the most appropriate suitor in the area, while also seducing her younger cousin, Clifford. On the other hand, Felix's luxurious romantic ways find acceptance with the American women - particularly Gertrude Wentworth. But misunderstandings of a different kind complicate his plans. In a bungle of culture clash and love triangles, the Europeans hang their fortunes upon their ability to adapt. But where their scheming leads them is the last place they expect.

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Public Domain (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks America

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    murray LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 07-12-14
    murray LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 07-12-14 Member Since 2007

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    What made the experience of listening to The Europeans the most enjoyable?

    the characters - the narration


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Europeans?

    the final chapters


    What does Eleanor Bron bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    beautiful expressive voice


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

    felix and mr. Wentworth at the end -


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    Anita San Francisco, CA, United States 02-21-11
    Anita San Francisco, CA, United States 02-21-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Henry James beautifully read but not his best work"

    Having recently finished the unabridged audiobook Portrait of a Lady, I had very high expectations for this one. It is really a novella with nowhere near the depth of Portrait. I enjoyed it but it didn't move me as other works of James.

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    Anita San Francisco, CA, United States 11-21-10
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    "Good if you want a "short" Henry James read"

    As a big fan of Henry James, I found the Europeans not as satisfying as his longer works. The piece was well read however by Eleanor Bron, one of my favorite readers.

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    kim 11-10-10
    kim 11-10-10
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    "don't bother"

    Not worth the credit. Loved Washington Square so thought I would love this one.. Really odd. Narration was good. Just not a clever tale.

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