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Download Edith Wharton: The Short Stories Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (101 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edith Wharton Narrator: Janet Maw Publisher: The Copyright Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Perhaps best known for her classic novel The Age of Innocence, Wharton loved the short story form because its brevity allowed her to concentrate on telling the story. In these three powerful stories, Edith Wharton transports the listener to the turn of the century, where she depicts (without turning to sensationalism) the shocking topics of the time. Often, she opens just after an incident, allowing the listener to be immersed straight into the story.

In 'Souls Belated' we meet a couple on a train, digesting and reacting to that morning's event. In 'The Muse's Tragedy', a young man meets his favourite poet's muse and soon uncovers the truth about their much talked-about relationship. Atypically, 'Roman Fever' starts with a seemingly normal day in Rome and soon reveals a lot more than expected when two middle-aged women start recalling a past trip to the Italian capital. These stories are read by the accomplished actress Janet Maw.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Janet | 7/23/2013

    " There are so many wonderful quotations I could take from these pages. I find my notes and underlined paragraphs throughout the book. It was so enjoyable that I was disappointed that it wasn't longer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David Cerruti | 7/15/2013

    " I did not expect these stories to be my cup of tea, but was pleasantly surprised. Roman Fever was my favorite. The twist at the end was elegant. The other three stories poked fun at the upper-class twits of her day. They were reminiscent of stories by Saki, but not as concise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kirsti | 11/28/2012

    " This contains one of my favorite Wharton turns of phrase: "the mentally unemployed." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Megan | 2/17/2012

    " Really loved the sharpness of many of these stories, though by the time I reached the end of the book the hopeless situations and love-going-nowhere was depressing. I'd recommend Xingu. "

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