The Europeans

Version: Unabridged
Author: Henry James
Narrator: Lloyd James
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Classics
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: July 2013
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 6 hours, 46 minutes
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Overview

Eugenia, a baroness divorced from a German prince, and her bohemian brother, Felix, are coming back to America. Raised and cultured in Europe, they are returning destitute to New England to seek out their rich and innocent cousins.

Eugenia wins the attentions of Robert Acton, the most appropriate suitor in the area, while also seducing her younger cousin, Clifford. But her foreign gentility and audacity confuse the puritanical customs of the New World. On the other hand, Felix's luxurious romantic ways find acceptance with the American women. 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. Where their scheming leads them is the last place they expect.

Reviews (2)

Razor Sharp

Written by Florinda on November 18th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

People don't write like this anymore. Elegant prose, spot on with the characterization, - wasn't Henry James' brother a psychologist (?) - well something must run in the family for the uncanny way you are given a glimpse into the soul. And not in a obvious reality TV oh-look-at-me way. A masterwork of character crafting, dialogue molding, emotional manipulation. Expect a nuanced story unfolding, place your bets on what is going to happen. Unlike more modern Jamesian wannabes, you won't be able to tell a mile off.

Great reader

Written by Karen on May 29th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great way to "read" Henry James. The narrator made the characters come alive.

Author Details

Author Details

James, Henry

Henry James is one of the greatest American novelists, and spent his last years in England. Among his numerous works are The Ambassadors and The Golden Bowl, his two masterpieces.