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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (53,934 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edith Wharton Narrator: Gayle Hunnicutt Publisher: The Copyright Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN:
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Wharton's novel The Age of Innocence is set against an exclusive society background in which she reveals how Newland Archer is often the victim of, rather than the key player in, the events. The plot is constructed on a pattern of ironic misunderstandings: for example, Newland is unaware that Ellen's decision not to sue for divorce was for his and May's sake rather than to conceal her past. Furthermore, Newland remains largely blind to the manipulations of a wife he persists in seeing as innocent and naive.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hayley Patterson | 2/12/2014

    " Just as heartwrenchingly beautiful as I remember it being. I'm probably biased here, since I am a huge fan of Wharton. I can see how the plot might drag for people who aren't such enthusiastic fans, but I was just sucked in by her masterful command of the English language. I don't think you read Wharton solely for plot, in other words. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joji Grace | 2/8/2014

    " A Pulitzer Prize novel about class restraint and unrequited love. Wonderful insights into the 1920's era and a beautiful ending--unlike any ending I've read in a very long time. 5 stars! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick Tesner | 1/20/2014

    " Slow read, but I loved the character developement. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee | 1/19/2014

    " I realize there isn't much to say about this book that hasn't been said. I will note that for those in to costume and design, reading the details of the Worth garments or how the ladies dressed and purchased their Paris wardrobes, had their wedding gowns re-made, etc is a thrill. Outside of the fashion the book is a delight. The author has an insight into New York Society that can only be bourn from having lived it. The magnifying glass of the human condition and interactions of the gilded age are spot on. I love this book. I'm glad to be working my way through some classics and understand how this one has stood the test of time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aviva | 1/15/2014

    " An interesting period piece, with a good exploration of human nature versus cultural norms. And the old New York from a neighborhood perspective was particularly fun as a resident. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 1/15/2014

    " A beautifully written book with the added interest of learning just how far New York society had come in a relatively short time. It also contains one of my favourite lines from a novel - "He had to deal all at once with the packed regrets and stifled memories of an inarticulate lifetime." Genius. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janell | 10/29/2013

    " It's so fun to read books that have been written about past society and find them so relevant for today. I loved this. Style over substance does not a happy man make. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia Peacock | 9/22/2013

    " I love Edith Wharton. she has a masterful way of helping you feel whay her characters do. reminds me a little of Kate Chopin. I love an Edith Wharton that I can't think of the name of (short story)... it like this one gives me a chill. excellent character development, plot development is perfect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nadine | 4/20/2013

    " I know this book was meant to be satirical, but Newland Archer is such a dick and made it difficult for me to get through this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Quincy | 3/23/2013

    " Interesting look at 19th century New York social structure, but extremely dramatic. I'm not sure what the author intended to say though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fiona H | 1/20/2013

    " The book was 300 pages of no action, but plenty of story to keep the book group talking for 60 mins! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah Messick-Milone | 11/23/2012

    " Too much a book of it's time. I predict this one will eventually fall into complete obscurity, and rightly so. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Irina | 11/4/2012

    " on the list of favourtites "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sinead | 3/14/2012

    " My strongest thought while reading this book was 'why the hell have I not read this book before.' Has jumped rapidly to my favourite books ever list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Willow4 | 5/18/2011

    " I have read this book before and enjoyed it very much "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 5/15/2011

    " Just one of my all time favorite books. The social pressures and the outcomes that result are timeless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pylgrym | 5/15/2011

    " Equal parts love and pain. Exquisite. The best of the best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 5/13/2011

    " My grand daughter read this book in her high school class last year. I realized that I had never read it. As I read it and thoroughly enjoyed it, I wondered at girls of today trying to understand the constraints of society way back when. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 5/12/2011

    " Well-written story, but not my favorite story line. I don't usually enjoy stories all about social status and married people who long to be with someone who is not their spouse (well, with the one exception of Gone with the Wind!). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dawnia | 5/12/2011

    " I didn't care for the twisted love story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amie | 5/11/2011

    " This book is an old favorite. I reread it every so often, and never get bored of it. I love Edith Wharton's subtle, skillful way of telling a story, and pulling the reader into its world. I love that I am still in suspense, even knowing exactly how it will end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 5/7/2011

    " Great look at NY society and manners at the start of the 20th century. The relationship between Newland Archer and Countess Ellen Olenska is a bit frustrating. All propriety is maintained in the end! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 DiDi | 5/6/2011

    " This made a great discussion for bookclub. I admit that the first half was slow reading for me, but the second half picked up and I was anxious to see how events played out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Atw74 | 5/5/2011

    " One of my absolutely favorite books. Just perfect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 5/3/2011

    " I'm glad I took the time to read The Age of Innocence. I did not expect the ending (which is good!). If you're going to pick up a Wharton novel, I'd start with Ethan Frome or The Bunner Sisters before reading The Age of Innocence. "

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About the Author
Author Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton (1862–1937) was born in New York and is best known for her stories of life among the upper-class society into which she was born. She was educated privately at home and in Europe. In 1894 she began writing fiction, and her novel The House of Mirth established her as a leading writer. Her novels The Age of Innocence and Old New York were each awarded the Pulitzer Prize. She was the first woman to receive that honor. In 1929 she was awarded the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Fiction.