Published in 1886, The Bostonians begins with the arrival of Basil Ransom, a young Mississippi lawyer in search of a career. Through his cousin, Olive Chancellor, Ransom comes to meet Verena, the daughter of a charlatan faith-healer and showman. When they hear Verena talk, Olive hopes to win the girl over to the feminist cause. Ransom is attracted to her looks, and a battle for possession of the girl.
Portrait of a Lady
When Isabel, a beautiful, spirited American, is brought to Europe by her aunt, it is expected that she will marry. But Isabel, resolved to enjoy the freedom that her fortune has opened up and to determine her own fate. It is only when she finds herself drawn to the cultivated but worthless Gilbert Osmond that she discovers that her wealth is a two-edged sword.
Turn of the Screw
One of the world’s most famous intellectual ghost stories, The Turn of the Screw is a haunting tale of suspected supernatural possession. With its possibly ambiguous content and powerful narrative technique, the story challenges the listener to determine if the unnamed governess is correctly reporting events or is instead an unreliable neurotic with an overheated imagination.
These audio books represent some of the greatest works of fiction ever written in the English language. Each expertly abridged novel has been selected for its narrative power, range of characters and its place in our literary heritage. Authors span the full spectrum from the brooding romance of the Bronte sisters and George Elliot to the gothic charms of Charles Dickens and Henry James.
Talking Classics is narrated by assembly of well-known and prolific actors, including Martin Shaw, Hannah Gordon, Jenny Agutter, Martin Jarvis, Joanna Lumley and Robert Powell.