The Portrait of a Lady (version 2)


Read by Elizabeth Klett

(4.5 stars; 109 reviews)

The Portrait of a Lady is a novel by Henry James, first published as a serial in The Atlantic Monthly and Macmillan's Magazine in 1880–81 and then as a book in 1881. It is one of James's most popular long novels, and is regarded by critics as one of his finest. The Portrait of a Lady is the story of a spirited young American woman, Isabel Archer, who "affronts her destiny" and finds it overwhelming. She inherits a large amount of money and subsequently becomes the victim of Machiavellian scheming by two American expatriates. Like many of James's novels, it is set in Europe, mostly England and Italy. Generally regarded as the masterpiece of James's early period, this novel reflects James's continuing interest in the differences between the New World and the Old, often to the detriment of the former. It also treats in a profound way the themes of personal freedom, responsibility, and betrayal. - Summary by Wikipedia (23 hr 6 min)

Chapters

Chapter 1 24:56 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 2 14:34 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 3 20:34 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 4 16:27 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 5 29:32 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 6 22:08 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 7 22:35 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 8 14:55 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 9 15:32 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 10 27:12 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 11 15:55 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 12 26:00 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 13 31:52 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 14 22:17 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 15 34:28 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 16 28:05 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 17 16:05 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 18 36:49 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 19 48:26 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 20 32:00 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 21 16:28 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 22 43:49 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 23 21:02 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 24 32:48 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 25 13:41 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 26 31:23 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 27 24:58 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 28 14:59 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 29 21:47 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 30 12:56 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 31 16:34 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 32 16:36 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 33 15:39 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 34 22:39 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 35 18:50 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 36 20:37 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 37 24:57 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 38 25:19 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 39 29:24 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 40 32:34 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 41 19:11 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 42 36:13 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 43 27:08 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 44 33:34 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 45 26:11 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 46 25:21 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 47 31:47 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 48 37:01 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 49 30:33 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 50 18:17 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 51 36:18 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 52 26:04 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 53 19:41 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 54 26:25 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 55 35:04 Read by Elizabeth Klett

Reviews

That Isabel! I just want to shake her!

(5 stars)

dissatisfying story of the hyper scrupulous Isabel, a beautiful American heiress, who brushes off all her true soulmates to marry a bitter, lying, penniless despot, and, given a second, third and fourth chance to dump him, sticks with him. Grrrr. Elizabeth Klett gets 5 stars as usual.

wonderfully read

(4 stars)

Ms. Klett is amazing. I am not sure if I could have made it through this book without her talent. This book is not one of my favorites.

Overall good

(4 stars)

Isabel was a frustrating character in my opinion. Overall I enjoyed the story as a whole but I absolutely hated the ending. I guess even back then women had poor judgement in men. I absolutely LOVED the reader, she did a wonderful job of bringing each character to life.

yawn

(1.5 stars)

I am still waiting for something to happen after 12 chapters...yawn.

Frustrating ending

(1.5 stars)

This book was very well written but it was extremely unfulfilling. Elizabeth Klett, as always, did a superb job if reading. The main character Isabel, is portrayed as an intelligent girl but she comes off as very immature, unthinking, self absorbed and constantly making poor choices for stupid reasons. Only listen to this if you want to come to the ending wondering why you wasted your time.

Infuriating heroine...

(4 stars)

...really not a heroine at all. Just a series of misfortunes .. Far too many for such an unsatisfying ending. Also by this standard, I myself am no Lady. Thanks, as usual, Ms. Klett.

Great reading

(2.5 stars)

First chapter is the best one. The book gets interesting around chapter 50. I liked it quite well, though a little slow at times.

Thank you Elizabeth Klett

(4 stars)

while I found the actual story dissatisfying I thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Klett's narration of it. much thanks.