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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (53,881 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edith Wharton Narrator: Andrew Wincott, Susanne Bertish Publisher: AudioGO Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A full-cast dramatisation of Edith Wharton's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a passionate love affair that breaks all the rules of the restrictive high society of 1870s New York.

In the exclusive world of upper-class New York, in which attendance at balls and dinners passes for occupation, Newland Archer anticipates his marriage to May Welland, a beautiful young girl from a suitable family 'who knows nothing and expects everything'. Into this well-ordered community May's cousin, the captivating and exotic Countess Olenska, arrives. She has returned from Europe after the collapse of her marriage and alternately enchants and outrages New York society with her cosmopolitan lifestyle. Newland is sympathetic to her escape from a loveless marriage, and as his sympathy deepens into love he not only gains insight into the brutality of society's treatment of women, but also discovers the real anguish of loving outside its rules.

Dramatised by Jane Rogers, starring Andrew Wincott and Susanne Bertish.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Court Ellyn | 2/9/2014

    " This is one I will read again one day. Usually, when I wrote a detailed paper on a book, I was sick of it that I never wanted to see it again. Not so "The Age of Innocence." A powerful read, vivid and heartbreaking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Catherine Blass | 1/26/2014

    " Definitely one of my favorite American novels...in large part because it demonstrated qualities of British literature (my fave), focusing on problems within the upperclass. Definitely a great book and well-worth the read. The characters (Newland Archer and Ellen Olenska) remind me of Catherine and Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights): extremely passionate, dependent on each other for their identity, outsiders. Great novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by peaseblossom | 1/20/2014

    " A lot less raw than The House of Mirth, and therefore, I think, a very different read depending on your own assumptions. For example, I notice that many reviewers agree with Newland's assessment of May, when it's clear that Newland isn't nearly as perceptive as he thinks he is (and obviously she is a boss). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Filipe | 1/5/2014

    " An insight picture of New York's 1870's upper class. Wharton is a master at describing habits,traditions, mannerisms and lifestyle. Alongside that the drama of a man and a womam who want to do it all right, thinking they're doing it wrong just to know at the very end that society never plays by it's own rules and that it never forgives. "

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