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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (32,915 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edith Wharton Narrator: Virginia Gregg, Whitfield Connor Publisher: Saland Publishing Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN:
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The House of Mirth is a novel of manners set against the backdrop of the 1890s New York ruling class. Wharton places her tragic heroine, Lily Bart, in a society that she describes as a 'hot-house of traditions and conventions.'

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ella | 2/17/2014

    " It sorta grew on me by the end, but getting through it was painful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rach | 2/14/2014

    " I really wasn't sure what to think of this book at the start, as it's a bit clunky in the opening chapters, but it picks up after that. I think this was Wharton's first book, and it's nowhere near as good as The Age of Innocence, which is a favourite of mine. However, it was still worthwhile reading and I'm glad I stuck with it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia Kelmar | 1/23/2014

    " Edith Wharton is an amazing author. Can't wait to read more. This book with such a boring title caught me in the beginning and kept me glued with the passing of each chapter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Insomnica | 1/21/2014

    " I found the ending somehow pathetic, otherwise the book would have been perfect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaitie | 1/21/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book and Wharton's writing style. Lily Bart is a tragic heroine who just couldn't seem to catch a break. It gives you an honest, dark view of high society in the 1900s. I recommend to people who think they would enjoy a more cynical, less happy (more American) Austen story. "

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

    " Love Wharton's writing, although as she was a privileged intellectual the anti-semitism in the book was a bit surprising. Loved Ethan Frome; Age of Innocence is on my 'maybe someday' list. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelley | 1/10/2014

    " Oh, my. This was incredibly depressing, but extremely well-written. At times you wanted to shake Lily and at others you wanted to hug her. A great work in the canon of American literature. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 12/17/2013

    " Well written, but I had a hard time finding a charactor that I could sympathize with. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber Midgett | 12/5/2013

    " Did not like the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Philicia | 12/5/2013

    " Great slice of life of New York high society in the 1900's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 February Four | 8/26/2013

    " 3 stars for telling instead of showing, otherwise a 4-star book. Not the author's fault (obviously!) but a reflection of how my tastes have evolved over the years. I particularly loved the characterization; absolutely perfect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyler Smith | 7/21/2013

    " Alas, this wasn't as gripping the second time around. But on a sentence level, still dominant as hell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pippa222 | 1/4/2013

    " Terribly sad - and you know it would have been worse if she hadn't had moneyed friends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl Renouf scheer | 7/29/2012

    " One of my all time favorites. Lily Bart is a woman before her time trapped in a society that has a completely different path chosen for her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bettielee | 4/30/2012

    " This book totally broke my heart. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Blakely | 9/13/2011

    " I primarily enjoyed this book for it's depiction of high society in the late 1800s. I am glad I read it, however, it swung from being very difficult to put down to just slightly better than what is required for me to continue reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 9/11/2011

    " Outstanding. Objective, yet empathic towards all her characters. So well written and surprisingly contemporary. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth Sitrick | 7/4/2011

    " A difficult book to get through, but the opulence and sense of entitlement seemed completely plausible and fascinating. I was sad that things ended so tragically. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Aisley | 5/24/2011

    " As appealing as it may have read at some other time, it just doesn't resonate today. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 5/22/2011

    " I thought this book was okay. The main character was so wishy washy that I was constantly yelling at her in my head throughout this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 5/20/2011

    " Who doesn't love a book about the lives of the upper class? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 5/9/2011

    " Holy crap, what a story. And a vocab lesson, in the best possible way. Edith Wharton is one of those authors I categorized in college as being too second wave, but I was wrong, she was her own wave, and Ms. Bart brings it home in a stunning way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Klymene | 5/5/2011

    " it was boring long and the end was throughly disapointing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 4/22/2011

    " Loved it! I can't believe it took me until age 32 to read Edith Wharton...Poor Lily. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 4/22/2011

    " MY. FAVORITE. BOOK. EVER. So complicated, yet so simple. I have read this book more than ten times and loved it more each time. Still extremely relevant, as Lily Bart struggles against the limitations on women's choices and refuses to accept compromises until it is too late. Triumphant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherry | 4/21/2011

    " Wharton is just brilliant. I love her individual sentences.

    This particular story has a dark bite, but I adored reading it. Although I knew the premise of the story, the way she brings everything about wasn't expected, though felt natural. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristi | 4/20/2011

    " Beautifully written but what a depressing read. Unfortunately, there was little redeeming about the protagonist, Lily Bart. I much preferred "Age of Innocence." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caren | 4/13/2011

    " Loved it. I think Lily purposely took her life. Life was just too dismal and she didn't see in hope. "

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

    " For me, this is one of those books that can only be appreciated after reflection. While reading it - I hated it. "

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