The Master: A Novel

By Colm Tóibín
Read by Ralph Cosham

12.55 Hours 07/01/2004 unabridged
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Named by AudioFile magazine as one of the Best Audiobooks of 2005, this unforgettable audio performance represents the best of what the medium can do. Colm Tóibín tells the story of Henry James, the famous novelist born into one of America’s intellectual first families two decades before the Civil War, and who left his country to live in Paris, Rome, Venice, and London among privileged artists and writers. In stunningly resonant prose, Tóibín captures the loneliness and longing, the hope and despair of a man who never married, who never resolved his sexual identity, and whose forays into intimacy inevitably failed him and those he tried to love. The emotional intensity of Tóibín’s portrait of James is riveting. Time and again, James, a master of psychological subtlety in his fiction, proves blind to his own heart.

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Summary

Summary

A 2004 Time Magazine Top 10 Book

A 2004 New York Times Book Review Top 10 Book of the Year

Winner of the 2004 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction

Winner of the 2006 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

A 2004 Man Booker Prize Finalist

A 2005 AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year

A 2005 Audie Award Finalist

A 2005 Publishers Weekly Best Book for Fiction

A Booklist Top 10 Historical Novel

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Named by AudioFile magazine as one of the Best Audiobooks of 2005, this unforgettable audio performance represents the best of what the medium can do.

Colm Tóibín tells the story of Henry James, the famous novelist born into one of America’s intellectual first families two decades before the Civil War, and who left his country to live in Paris, Rome, Venice, and London among privileged artists and writers.

In stunningly resonant prose, Tóibín captures the loneliness and longing, the hope and despair of a man who never married, who never resolved his sexual identity, and whose forays into intimacy inevitably failed him and those he tried to love. The emotional intensity of Tóibín’s portrait of James is riveting. Time and again, James, a master of psychological subtlety in his fiction, proves blind to his own heart.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A marvel.” New Yorker
“Toibin imagines, with vivid detail, members of James’ circle—like his devoted manservant, Burgess Noakes—as well as James’ feelings of guilt, regret, and homosexual longing.” New York Times
“A sympathetic and triumphant novel of startling excellence.” Observer (London)
“Beautifully written, deeply pondered, startlingly un-Jamesian.” New York Times Book Review
“This is an audacious, profound, and wonderfully intelligent book.” Guardian (London)
“Even the reader who knows little about Henry James or his work can enjoy this marvelously intelligent and engaging novel…a beautifully nuanced psychological portrait.” Booklist (starred review)
“The subtlety and empathy with which Tóibín inhabits James’ psyche and captures the fleeting emotional nuances of his world are beyond praise…this is a riveting, if inevitably somewhat evasive, portrait of the creative life.” Publishers Weekly
“[Ralph Cosham] takes the arguably cerebral story from the page and renders it a fully staged, walking, talking drama without a single false note, so you haven’t just heard it, you feel you’ve seen it. Superb.” AudioFile
“The Master is a novel beautiful in what it doesn’t say as much as for what it does say. It makes a seamless transition to audio via an excellent reader who gives depth to all that is unspoken.” Audiobookstoday.com

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Author

Author Bio: Colm Tóibín

Colm Tóibín’s novel The Master won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, Le prix du meilleur livre étranger, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction and was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. His other books of fiction include The Story of theNight, The Blackwater Lightship, a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and the short-fiction collection Mothers and Sons. He was one of the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize judges in Toronto. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 12.55
Audience: Adult
Language: English