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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (53,958 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edith Wharton Narrator: Unspecified Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN:
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The beautiful Countess Ellen Olenska, fleeing her brutish husband, returns from Europe to the upper-class world of Old New York in the 1870s. Her rebellious independence and impulsive awareness of life stir the educated sensitivity of Newland Archer, already engaged to marry Ellen's cousin. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 R. | 2/15/2014

    " Akin to the movie Metropolitan, but without the charm or engaging dialogue; I found it difficult to care about anyone or identify with their 'problems' or social setting. That being said, the last 40 pages and the prose prompted me to upgrade to three stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Manussawee | 2/12/2014

    " Wonderful ending. Very unexpected, yet... perfect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank Spencer | 2/6/2014

    " Henry James Jr.s' friend, and author up to her eyebrows in family psychological problems, this author spins a good tale. I wish I'd been told when younger that there is no fiction, just personal narrative for which the people involved are not identified. The descriptions of places and people's emotions which you find in this book are skilled. There are a lot of memorable quotes, like, "The worst of doing one's duty was that it apparently unfitted one for doing anything else." If you have the time and inclination, you won't be wasting the time reading this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Colleen | 1/22/2014

    " I labored through this. The writing though elegant and a few lines were breathtaking, it lacked in character development. I felt no sympathy or pathos for Newland Archer, he was a flat character, his outpouring of emotion was either non-existant or melodramatic. Sometimes, reading the dialogue, I felt as if it was taken from a silly melodrama. Flat and dull, Madam Olenski could have been exciting, but flat and dull was a constant. Perhaps for the era, the scandal would be intriguing, but for my point of view, I kept waiting for something to happen. Even the ending was anti-climatic. Dull, a good book to make you sleep at night. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lois | 1/15/2014

    " I'm sure I studied this novel at university many years ago, but I'm also sure I was too callow to fully appreciate the subtle wit and gentle satire of this American classic. I laughed out loud a couple of times and particularly enjoyed the author's descriptions of opera-going New Yorkers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noelle | 1/9/2014

    " Interesting, although it is the age old story of how society pressures you into marrying a woman you don't really love and what not. The ending was different and realistic which I enjoyed immensely. Also, the language is beautiful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marty | 11/15/2013

    " The second Pulitzer Prize winning novel that hubby and I have read - we are tring to read them all - and this was a gem! Her vocabulary is amazing - I was glad to be reading this on a Kindle - easy access to the dictionary was important! Great read -very interesting story. Really enjoyed this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karina | 8/24/2013

    " Beautifully written. Life was so very different, not so very long ago... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shani Hilton | 7/30/2013

    " Torn. I think Wharton's writing is amazing, obviously. But I spent much of the book reading Archer's musings and wondering why it was, exactly, Ellen loved him. His motivations were clear, hers were less so. The writing was great, but aspects of the story didn't work for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juliana | 6/28/2013

    " It's rare to read satire of a society gone by and still find it funny and biting. This is Wharton's gift. The story itself fell a little flat, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lohweiqi | 1/23/2013

    " Wound up feeling so sorry for Newland :-( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Powers | 11/1/2012

    " In my wildest dreams, I'm half as witty as the dialogue in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa K | 8/30/2012

    " Great story and great insight into the customs and values in NYC society in the 19th century. Loved how the difference between the parents and children were almost palpable with the dawning of the 20th century! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 5/18/2012

    " I did not care for the main character much, but overall the book was good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alayna | 3/12/2012

    " Normally, I think I would like this book. The writing was excellent, but it was sooooo repetitive! So, New York in the 1870s had strict social rules for the upper class that could feel oppressive - I get it already! I read 1/3 of the book and then gave up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Draven | 2/17/2012

    " Great story, all the characters have their particular charms. Not as good as Brideshead Revisited, which could be deemed to be in a similar vein, but well worth a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chelsea Pope | 10/4/2011

    " Possibly my favorite book to read this last quarter, insane detail. Newland's a bit of a pansy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amelita Amy | 5/28/2011

    " Kako je bilo lijepo kad se nekad djevojka crvenjela za svaki pogled ili dodir i kad se voljelo iskreno, sramezljivim pogledima i laskajucim rijecima. <3 Knjiga nije losa,i totalno je laka za citati ali sam ja zapala u neku fazu da mi je sve dosadno :p "

  • 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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