Summary

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.
The Portrait of a Lady was an immediate success upon publication; it remains the most popular of James' longer works and is generally regarded as the masterpiece of his early period.
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Public Domain (P)2016 Naxos AudioBooks
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5 out of 5 stars
By Bob on 27-10-16

Juliet Stevenson

Juliet Stevenson read this novel with magical skill. Everything she reads is brilliantly done.
The novel is one of the great 19th-century novels and deserved a fine reading. I recommend also her reading of the novels of Virginia Woolf.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By MRS on 30-09-16

gripping novel

wonderful narration - Juliet Stevenson at her best. the characterisation and storyline henry james at his finest . I would strongly recommend .

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3 out of 5 stars
By Sarah on 07-04-17

Couldn't get past the terrible American accents.

What did you like best about The Portrait of a Lady? What did you like least?

I didn't finish listening to this audiobook because Ms. Stevenson's American accent was terrible. I loved her reading of Middlemarch, but she really dropped the ball on The Portrait of a Lady. The characters sounded stiff and two dimensional and overall, the quality of the reading distracted from the story.

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17 of 17 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By daniela on 14-03-17

Narrator missed main character voice

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Said that Juliet Stevenson is one of my favorite narrator, she made sound the heroin, Isabel Archer, like an idiot.Forgive me Juilet I truly love you but a young American doesn't have to sound idiotic, she supposed to be very smart.

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