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What Maisie Knew

Gelesen von Elizabeth Klett

(4,111 Sterne; 140 Bewertungen)

When Beale and Ida Farange are divorced, the court decrees that their only child, the very young Maisie, will shuttle back and forth between them, spending six months of the year with each. The parents are immoral and frivolous, and they use Maisie to intensify their hatred of each other. (Summary by Wikipedia.) (8 hr 50 min)

Chapters

00 - Introduction

9:53

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01 - Chapter 01

7:51

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02 - Chapter 02

7:48

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03 - Chapter 03

6:01

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04 - Chapter 04

8:22

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05 - Chapter 05

9:07

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06 - Chapter 06

11:37

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07 - Chapter 07

13:44

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08 - Chapter 08

19:18

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09 - Chapter 09

15:23

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10 - Chapter 10

12:52

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11 - Chapter 11

18:31

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12 - Chapter 12

18:14

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13 - Chapter 13

15:22

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14 - Chapter 14

16:45

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15 - Chapter 15

16:15

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16 - Chapter 16

17:01

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17 - Chapter 17

17:33

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18 - Chapter 18

17:40

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19 - Chapter 19

23:14

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20 - Chapter 20

28:54

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21 - Chapter 21

20:16

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22 - Chapter 22

12:55

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23 - Chapter 23

15:51

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24 - Chapter 24

20:10

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25 - Chapter 25

18:34

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26 - Chapter 26

20:14

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27 - Chapter 27

13:48

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28 - Chapter 28

15:19

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29 - Chapter 29

20:28

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30 - Chapter 30

25:44

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31 - Chapter 31

35:29

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Bewertungen

My favourite reader

(5 Sterne)

Elizabeth Klett, so skilled and smart, is my favourite reader on Librivox. Fortunately for me, she also picks interesting projects like this one. It's a gem of a book, solid Henry James with an interesting angle. A thought-provoking subject, a great author and a great reader, what a wonderful use for those eight hours or so!

A story ahead of it's time. Enjoyed & Recommend

(4,5 Sterne)

Elizabeth Klett does a wonderful job narrating this interesting story of a girl caught in the middle of adult selfishness. Henry James does a great job of describing the world from Maisie's perspective, to a heartbreaking point at times. I wonder if he saw into the future a bit when he wrote this book. Now there's a "contemporary reimagining" of this book in the form of a movie (also titled "What Maisie Knew" 2012). The essence of the story is the same. To me, this proves the timelessness of James's book.

a difficult book for me

(4 Sterne)

This was emotionally trying for me to read. It was well read, of course, by Ms Klett, who performs a charming Maisie. The narrative itself was quite sad and evocative of many feelings that we can all relate to from the perspective of having been children dependent upon imperfect adults. It is a thought provoking book, but I'm not sure I like it. There is a magnetism about it though. I think the draw is the beautiful innocence of the child, her honesty, and her wish to love.

Still relevant today

(4,5 Sterne)

Thank you to E. Klett for another beautiful reading! I was uttterly drawn in by this sad and insightful story, showing the heart tugs and ups and down of a child who's treated as a mere pawn in the power game between her divorced parents, her inconstant stepparents and her lonely nanny. It's hard to believe this story is over 130 years old, it could have happened yesterday. Only sometimes I felt a slightly slower reading pace may have helped with following the many sudden twists of the story.

(5 Sterne)

excellent reading of a great book. a lot of the negative reviews say the plot was hard to follow - well, they're not wrong, but I think it's on purpose, and brilliantly pulled off by the author. we're following what Maisie, a young child, knew - the adult affairs that affect her life come to her in confusing bits and pieces, and James has gotten us right into that mindset. that said, I found myself wishing I'd read this in print, as the story didn't suit itself well to audio format.

Interesting

(4 Sterne)

The novel takes some effort to follow, how the characters, although not too many, are intertwined. The main character is unusual, somewhat unfathomable, and other characters are equally quixotic. So a bit of a challenge, but worthwhile. Regardless of how much the story may appeal to you, the reader is a star. She portrays the personalities distinctly and for the most part conveys their thoughts and emotions very well--as well as any reader I can recall, including well-known, top-notch actors chosen to read for the best public-radio story-telling programs.

Too Sad for me

(2,5 Sterne)

This is the second time I 've attempted this book. For whatever reason (bad memories, I suspect) I cannot finish this book. Every adult manipulates and uses Maisie to score points against the other adults. No one really loves or wants her, and her only weapon for survival is to learn to manipulate the adults, too. Depressing.

What Maisie Knew

(5 Sterne)

A story with sadness, truth, love, and many other emotions well intermixed to present complex characters and a complex plot; very well written by an excellent author. The reader did her usual outstanding job. She is clear, emphatic as needed and her characters come to life in her voice. Thank you for a job so well done.