The Wings of the Dove is a masterpiece by Henry James.
This 1902 novel tells the story of Milly Theale, an American heiress suffering from an incurable disease, who comes to Europe in search of happiness. Through Milly's experiences in London and the new friends she makes, some with honorable motives, while others are more self-interested, James examines the collision of the emerging New World and Europe.
American-born English author Henry James (1843-1916), was one of the founders and leaders of realism in fiction and is considered to be one of the great British novelists.
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The Wings of the Dove
I have been buying and listening to audiobooks with great enjoyment for several years. This is the only time that I thought the narrator was so labored and dreadful that I could not listen to the book. This narrator needs a shot of vitamins or some other remedy to counteract his lethally slow and boring reading of one of my favorite novelists, Henry James. Before buying this book, I had just listened, with rapture, to three of Henry James' other books, and I love his writing. To pay $12 for this book and then find it necessary to erase it from my ipod after the first hour was horribly disappointing. Spend the extra $10 or $15 and get a version worth hearing. Not only was the narrator a complete failure, but there is some background noise that drones on and on without stopping. That really finished me off.