The Europeans

  • Author Henry James
  • Narrator Eleanor Bron
  • Publisher Blackstone Publishing
  • Run Time 6 hours and 9 minutes
  • Format Audio
  • Genre Classic fiction.

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What to expect

Eugenia, an American expatriate brought up in Europe, arrives in rural New England with her charming brother Felix, hoping to find a wealthy second husband after the collapse of her marriage to a German prince.

Their exotic, sophisticated airs cause quite a stir with their affluent, God-fearing American cousins, the Wentworths—and provoke the disapproval of their uncle, suspicious of foreign influences. To Gertrude Wentworth, struggling against her somber puritan upbringing, the arrival of the handsome Felix is especially enchanting.

Critics Review

  • “Bron’s
    reading is alert with nuance. She alternates between energy and ennui as
    character or occasion dictates, voicing the characters lightly, in
    keeping with James’s strong narrative control. In so doing, she mirrors
    perfectly both James’s tense and ambiguous world as well as his
    masterful control of that world.”

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