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  • 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
    (1966)
    Performance
    (1847)
    Story
    (1837)

    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?

    Gillian says: "Great, but Mightn't be the Best on Audible"
  • 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
    (83)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (82)

    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.

    daniela says: "Narrator missed main character voice"
  • 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
    (384)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (305)

    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.

    Neil Chisholm says: "An American Jane Austen"
  • The Turn of the Screw [Classic Tales Edition] | Henry James

    The Turn of the Screw [Classic Tales Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By B. J. Harrison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    A country governess is hired to raise two orphaned children in a lonely estate in Essex. But mystery surrounds the house, the grounds, and the children. Haunting questions arise, and Henry James pens one of the most famous ghost stories.

    Aurora says: "Needs a female narrator"
  • 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
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    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 Turn of the Screw | Henry James

    The Turn of the Screw

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Penelope Rawlins, Ben Elliot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Perhaps the most brilliantly successful ghost story ever written, The Turn of the Screw creates a terrifyingly believable impression of innocent children so corrupted by evil that they remain deceptive pictures of innocent beauty. Their governess must struggle alone to confront and exorcise the demons that she believes possess their souls....

    M. Woot says: "Excellent all around!"
  • 'The Jolly Corner' and 'The Pupil' | Henry James

    'The Jolly Corner' and 'The Pupil'

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    In "The Jolly Corner", a man returns to the house where he once lived, hoping to revisit the past. But now someone (or something) lurks there, leading him towards a frightening discovery. In "The Pupil", a young tutor befriends an ailing student and tries to protect him from the destructive whimsies of his family.

  • The Turn of the Screw | Henry James

    The Turn of the Screw

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Walter Zimmerman, Cindy Hardin Killavey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (70)

    The Turn of the Screw has been described by many critics as the most sophisticated and terrifying ghost story in the English language. It is considered one of the great intellectual "spook tales" of all time. The story concerns a naive young governess who is hired to take care of two children in a large mansion in the English countryside. Everything is going fine, until she discovers that the children are not as innocent as they seem.

    Diane says: "Excellent all around - great narrator"
  • Classic American Short Stories: And More Classic American Short Stories | O. Henry,Stephen Crane,Ambrose Bierce,Jack London,James Fenimore Cooper,Kate Chopin,Mark Twain

    Classic American Short Stories: And More Classic American Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By O. Henry, Stephen Crane, Ambrose Bierce, and others
    • Narrated By William Roberts, Garrick Hagon, Liza Ross
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Represented here are 16 short stories by seven great American writers, dating from the 19th and 20th centuries. Different in atmosphere and writing style, they nevertheless caught the mood and concerns of the day in a way that was distinctly American.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good listening"
  • Daisy Miller | Henry James

    Daisy Miller

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Bobbie Frohman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Henry James' signature theme - the American abroad - centers here on a chatterbox, provincial (not to say ignorant) daughter of a wealthy Schenectady industrialist, as she travels through Europe with her doting, vapid mother and rambunctious young brother. She meets up with one Mr. Winterbourne, another ex-patriate, with whom she flirts before coming to a sad end.

    Emily Carter says: "Very good for its time."
  • The Golden Bowl | Henry James

    The Golden Bowl

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (73)

    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.

    Erez says: "Collapses under the weight of its own brilliance"
  • 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
    (34)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (24)

    No nation has ever achieved the literary diversity of America. From nativist humor to immigrant triumph, Americans have recorded their visions and hopes better than anyone

  • The Turn of the Screw | Henry James

    The Turn of the Screw

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Alice Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    "Of course I was under the spell, and the wonderful part is that, even at the time, I perfectly knew I was. But I gave myself up to it; it was an antidote to any pain, and I had more pains than one." Just as in this quote from this powerful work of gothic mystery and suspense by the master author, the listener is sucked in and put under a spell!

  • H. P. Lovecraft's Book of the Supernatural: 20 Classic Tales of the Macabre, Chosen by the Master of Horror Himself | Stephen Jones (editor),Henry James,Washington Irving,Edgar Allan Poe,Rudyard Kipling,Bram Stoker,Robert Louis Stevenson,Guy de Maupassant,Ambrose Bierce,Arthur Conan Doyle

    H. P. Lovecraft's Book of the Supernatural: 20 Classic Tales of the Macabre, Chosen by the Master of Horror Himself

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen Jones (editor), Henry James, Washington Irving, and others
    • Narrated By Davina Porter, Steven Crossley, Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (89)

    H. P. Lovecraft is arguably the most important horror writer of the 20th century. Culled from his 1927 essay "Supernatural Horror in Literature”, Lovecraft acknowledges those authors and stories that he feels are the very finest the horror field has to offer, including Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe, Henry James, Rudyard Kipling, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, Guy de Maupassant, Ambrose Bierce, and Arthur Conan Doyle. This chilling collection includes 20 works, each prefaced by Lovecraft's own opinions and insights in each author’s work.

    Maliboo says: "Audiobook Contents"
  • The American | Henry James

    The American

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Robin Lawson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (70)

    During a trip to Europe, wealthy American businessman Christopher Newman proposes marriage to the scintillating and beautiful aristocrat Claire de Cintré. To his dismay, he comes up against the machinations of her impoverished but proud family, who find Newman to be a vulgar example of the American privileged class. Brilliantly combining elements of comedy, tragedy, romance, and melodrama, this tale of thwarted desire vividly contrasts nineteenth-century American and European manners.

    Erez says: "Pleasing novel, seemingly read by the protagonist"
  • The Portrait of a Lady | Henry James

    The Portrait of a Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Marvin Kane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    The novel tells the story of beautiful, intelligent, and headstrong Isabel Archer, as she leaves her native America and embarks on a journey of self discovery in Europe. Published as a book in 1881, it explores his familiar themes including the conflict between American individualism and European social custom and the situation of Americans in Europe. It also treats in a profound way the themes of personal freedom, responsibility, betrayal, and sexuality.

    judy wiley says: "The worst listen in over 280 audio books!"
  • Daisy Miller | Henry James

    Daisy Miller

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Peter Marinker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Published in 1878, portrays the courtship of the beautiful American girl Daisy Miller by Frederick Winterbourne. Winterbourne's pursuit of her is hampered by her own flirtatiousness, which is frowned upon by the other expatriates they meet in Switzerland and Italy. The the novel coments on the contrast between American and European society that is common to James's work.

    Margaret says: "Great story!"
  • The Bostonians | Henry James

    The Bostonians

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    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?

  • The Ambassadors | Henry James

    The Ambassadors

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (48)

    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.

    Patricia says: "Henry James can be hard to follow but worth it"
  • The Bostonians | Henry James

    The Bostonians

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    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, a veteran of the Civil War who holds rigid views concerning society and women's place therein. Is the lovely, lighthearted Verena made for public movements or private passions?

    Francey says: "Fantastic reading!"
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