The Ambassadors

  • by Henry James
  • Narrated by Peter Gray
  • 20 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Here is Henry James' dark comedic masterpiece, written in the final period of his life.
Lambert Strether goes to Paris to bring back Chad, son of the wealthy New England widow he plans to marry. But he gradually comes to feel that life in Paris may hold more for him than in Woollett, Massachusetts.
American-born English author Henry James (1843- 1916), was one of the founders and leaders of realism in fiction and is considered to be one of the great British novelists.
Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.


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Not well read

I don't mind most of the audio & production issues that these old RNIB recording have. They are usually recorded in rooms rather than studios, the equipment isn't what you'd expect from modern recordings, and the readings aren't edited - any mistakes or stumbles in the reading are just left in. However, I'm afraid that Peter Gray's slurred reading defeated even me. It was difficult to make out all of the words, the accents assigned to each of the characters seemed mildly American, part Irish, but all about the same. Would like to listen to a better reading.
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- Josie

reader's uncomfortable accents

Henry James is not easy to listen to at the best of times, he requires concentration and a reader who can suggest through their voice, nuances of meaning. David Gray's rendering is monotonous and he hardly deviates from his clipped, old-fashioned, over precise English enunciation. His voice is tense and his vowel sounds laboured so it is uncomfortable to listen. A more relaxed American accent may have been better. I enjoyed reading the book but couldn't finish the audiobook and wouldn't recommend this version.
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- Pen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-10-2008
  • Publisher: RNIB