Read by Adam Sims
Washington Square tells the poignant and gently comic story of Catherine Sloper, a sweet and unassuming young heiress, and her fortune-seeking suitor Morris Townsend. Set in New York City during the 1840s, the story follows Ms Sloper’s conflicts with her concerned father, who attempts to thwart Mr Townsend, and her busybody aunt, who encourages the attachment. But amid all the duplicity and folly, Ms Sloper slowly grows towards independence and maturity, and begins to make her own decisions.
Running Time: 6 h 44 m
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ISBN: 978-1-84379-980-1 Digital ISBN: 978-1-84379-981-8 Cat. no.: NA0235 Download size: 154 MB Produced by: John Foley Executive Producer: Anthony Anderson Edited by: Sarah Butcher BISAC: FIC004000 Released: February 2017
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With this performance, narrator Adam Sims sounds both historical and contemporary, bridging the time span between James’s nineteenth-century novel and the present day with style. His brisk pace and youthful tone seem modern, while his sharp-edged, superbly enunciated syllables hark back to an earlier time. This dichotomy works to the listener’s advantage: One feels transported back in time without any problems with comprehension or attention. As Catherine Sloper grows up under the eye of her widowed father, she is found wanting, according to the standards of her social status. When a dashing suitor appears on the scene, his intentions are questioned, and the conflict ensues. This is a good performance of a great classic.