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3.96 out of 53.96 out of 53.96 out of 53.96 out of 53.96 out of 5 3.96 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edith Wharton Narrator: NBC Theater Publisher: Saland Publishing Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN:
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The Age of Innocence centres on an upper-class couple's impending marriage, and the introduction of a scandalous woman whose presence threatens their happiness. Though the novel questions the assumptions and morals of 1870s New York society, it never devolves into an outright condemnation of the institution.

The novel is lauded for its accurate portrayal of how the 19th-century East Coast American upper class lived, and this, combined with the social tragedy, earned Wharton a Pulitzer Prize - the first Pulitzer awarded to a woman.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blanca | 2/8/2014

    " I guess this is what happens when appearances and reputation become paramount. But did Newland Archer do the right thing in sticking with May? Would he have done in difference circumstances? Wharton lets us decide all this for ourselves, which is one of the joys of this book - at least for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fanny | 2/4/2014

    " I'm not so sure what to think of this book. There is a strong critic of New-York society (of those times)but the characters were quite uninteresting, except for the Countess Ollenska. And I was disappointed by the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelley | 2/3/2014

    " I had a slow start into this book; it didn't really pick up for me until around the middle. It was good and the descriptions of places and people were very detailed, but I felt like they were very prolonged at some parts which is why it was hard to keep my attention. I also feel like the ending could have been a bit more satisfying, but other than these things this book was very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Boyu | 1/29/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty | 1/28/2014

    " This is another great Wharton novel. Ellen Olenska is a wonderful, cynical, romantic character. Of course you wish it had ended differently but then it wouldn't have rung true. Oh Newland! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Jewett | 1/22/2014

    " This will always be one of my favorite novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Misty | 1/20/2014

    " Could have done without the detail of the surroundings, but some readers might really like that. She had a skill for details in characterization as well. I loved how rich and human the people were. The ending is worth working towards, but don't expect it to be a light read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terry | 1/11/2014

    " It takes a while to get used to the style of writing but read it. It is timeless in many ways. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen Barwinski | 1/5/2014

    " I didn't like this nearly as much as "The House of Mirth," but it was good. A bit slow getting started, but I really liked it by the end. I'm just going to say it, I couldn't stand May, even though I should feel sorry for her. She was manipulative and just vapid. But anyway, good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter Mccambridge | 12/24/2013

    " Probably my favourite book ever. "Her blue eyes wet with victory." Perfect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brooke Gaijer | 12/23/2013

    " Excellent- the characters have delicious layers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carole | 12/10/2013

    " I really enjoyed the movie, and expected to like the book at least as much. However, the story greatly benefitted from being condensed to movie length. Almost nothing HAPPENS, it's all thinking and talking. Too slow for my taste. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blake Charlton | 9/8/2013

    " elegant, incisive prose that lays out a subtle and invocation tale of conformity, passion, and privilege. the characters are complex, wonderfully drawn. the first novel written by a woman to win the pulitzer prize. the american jazz age interpreting the gilded age. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clare Mcauley | 6/4/2013

    " Beautifully written. I wish more books were written with such simplicity and elegance. However most of the characters were insipid, self deluded and lacking gumption. My only favourite was Mrs Manson Mingott (Grannie). Enjoyed reading for a great insight into New York in the 19th Century. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Oliver | 8/9/2012

    " A beautiful book about forbidden love lost. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kelsey | 7/10/2012

    " I had to read this in high school. I always loved reading for my English class but I couldn't even make it through this book. "

  • 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.