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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (53,995 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edith Wharton Narrator: Barbara Caruso Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2013 ISBN: 9781470348380
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Newland Archer is a young lawyer and a member of New York’s high society in the late nineteenth century, engaged to be married to May Welland. Countess Ellen Olenska is May’s cousin who wants a divorce from the Polish nobleman she married. Intelligent and beautiful, she comes back to New York, where she tries to fit into the high society life she had before her marriage. Her family and former friends, however, are shocked by the idea of divorce within their social circle, and she finds herself snubbed by her own class. Ellen and Newland fall in love and must choose between passion and conventions. This deeply moving drama has been a favorite of both critics and general readers for many years. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Will writers ever recover that peculiar blend of security and alertness which characterizes Mrs. Wharton and her tradition?”

    E. M. Forster

  • “Is it—in this world—vulgar to ask for more? To entreat a little wildness, a dark place or two in the soul?”

    Katherine Mansfield

  • “There is no woman in American literature as fascinating as the doomed Madame Olenska…Traditionally, Henry James has always been placed slightly higher up the slope of Parnassus than Edith Wharton. But now that the prejudice against the female writer is on the wane, they look to be exactly what they are: giants, equals, the tutelary and benign gods of our American literature.”

    Gore Vidal

  • “Wharton’s characters leap out from the pages and...become very real. You know their hearts, souls, and yearnings and the price they pay for those yearnings.”

    San Francisco Examiner

  • “Indispensable…A perfectly wrought book about an era when upper-class culture in this country was still a mixture of American and European extracts, and when ‘society’ had rules as rigid as any in history.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • Winner of the 1921Pulitzer Prize

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 2/13/2014

    " What a beautiful writing style, and what an insight into New York society. I loved the complexity of all the characters, especially the thoroughly misunderstood little wife. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacque Hodges (Carter) | 2/9/2014

    " I really like Wharton's sense of humor. She had me laughing out loud at times. Of course, I neglected to bookmark anything and will have to find some quotes to post later. I think, in many ways, we still live in a Victorian society where we should not step out of bounds and conform to our "station" in life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracy | 2/8/2014

    " Its a book, too much attention to minor detail, not enough dialog or focus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Makki | 2/1/2014

    " one of the best, loved it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sairah | 1/27/2014

    " Lots of great quotes in this one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy | 1/20/2014

    " Classic story of forgotten times. Beautifully written, the characters do not disappoint. The story runs deeper than it first appears, with twists and turns and character development that keeps the reader interested to the very end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mimi | 1/18/2014

    " i love the subtlety of this; so little "happens" that you can be lulled into thinking that nothing is happening. it's the perfect antidote to the whole bit. ly/ say-it-in-140-character world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Boyu | 1/16/2014

    " The pace at the beginning is quite slow, and I really don't see a lot of action, especially around the beginning, which is the most important part. Once you get started though, it goes by quite quickly and you start connecting with the storyline a bit. Unfortunately, at this time and age, this book just doesn't seem to capture the readers' attention enough. There is a lesson to be learned and a story to be told, but it's too buried underneath a thick layer of passiveness to be recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ms.pointy | 1/16/2014

    " This one gets better, deeper every time I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nenen | 1/10/2014

    " Really good. It gets funny while giving out subtle points. The book moved a bit slowly for me but I liked it still, enough to keep going, and I got a pretty amazing payoff in the end! Also appreciated the fact that for a classic, this book's language wasn't too hard to keep up with. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MacKenzie | 1/9/2014

    " This book taught me why it is important to read fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina | 1/1/2014

    " Read and listened on audiobook. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kasey Ruthven | 12/14/2013

    " This book was interesting to me. There were some parts that I thought I knew what was happening and then it took a whole different turn. The author uses foreshadowing about what's going to happen further into the book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn Nimz | 12/4/2013

    " Interesting story, but thought the ending could have been better in finalizing the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph Levesque | 12/1/2013

    " A beautiful story of longing in "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 midnightblooms | 11/5/2013

    " This was good enough that I want to read more of Wharton's books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 10/11/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. I really enjoyed Newland Archer as a character. :-) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaycee | 10/7/2013

    " This is one of the most over rated books in classic literature. It has a good start and then becomes dreadfully dull. The House of Mirth is certainly Edith Wharton's better novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauretta | 8/26/2013

    " I listened to the audiobook "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 8/5/2013

    " At times, the novel became tedious...however, reading the ending made the entire novel worthwhile! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denali | 8/2/2013

    " wharton knows how to skewer people and still make them sympathetic, which I very much appreciate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Missrew | 7/18/2013

    " The writing is beautiful, the story much deeper and sadder than the reader realizes until the very end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb Stevens | 5/22/2013

    " If you are looking for action and adventure, don't even open this book. This is a romance, gorgeously written, sad, full of longing, and occasionally comic. As a picture of the society of the late 1800's in New York, it's completely believable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Travis of NNY | 4/13/2013

    " First 2/3 dreadfully dull but then the story picks up and leads to a very good and unexpected ending "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacq Vick | 3/13/2013

    " When I read this book I was searching for the meaning of my own life. I had followed a custom, a set pattern of life that I was taught not to deviate from, but I was doing just that. The main character in this book goes through a similar situation. For that time in my life this was a helpful book. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Barbara Caruso is an accomplished actress and critically acclaimed audiobook narrator. A graduate of London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she was a featured player in the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has played starring roles on Broadway and in theaters across the country. She won the Alexander Scourby Reader of the Year Award for her performances of young adult fiction, and has more than one hundred audiobook narrations to her credit. She has won twenty-two AudioFile Earphones Awards.