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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,060 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edith Wharton Narrator: Kristen Underwood Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Reef follows the fancies of George Darrow, a young diplomat en route from London to France, intent on proposing to the widowed Anna Leath. Unsettled by Anna’s reticence, Darrow drifts into an affair with Sophy Viner, a charmingly naïve and impecunious young woman whose relations with Darrow and Anna’s family threaten his prospects for success. The affair becomes the reef on which four lives are in danger of foundering: two of them innocent, and two of them burdened with experience and tinged with desperation.

A challenge to the moral climate of the day, this story of the drastic effects of a casual sexual betrayal offers a clear-eyed assessment of the possibilities and limitations of human love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The novel…was most enthusiastically admired by Henry James, and one can see why, for it is most Jamesian…It marks the peak of her most brilliant period of creativity…And for us it is a chance to see what can be achieved in the pursuit of moral truths.”

    Anita Brookner, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Underwood does a stellar job of interpreting the characters, deftly giving each a distinct voice and allowing the tension between characters to seem natural—and inevitable—due to their personalities…With her graceful, well paced reading, Underwood gives it the attention it deserves.”


  • The Reef exemplifies [Wharton’s] close observation of Americans in France, their inner lives and social conflicts.”


  • “A complex, subtle, and moving story of the ways in which people torment one another and the awful power of retrospective jealousy.”

    Penelope Lively

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Christine | 2/16/2014

    " Prob my fav NR book, which says alot since I think I've read almost all her books. Loved the setting and the history of the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joanna | 2/10/2014

    " I have to review this book, because it is my absolute favorite, guilty pleasure, summer read of all time. If you are looking for a quick read that will transport you to the Caribbean (or something to read while you are on the beaches there) pick up this book. It has enough suspense and witty banter to keep you turning the pages, and the characters are well developed and smart and sympathetic for a romance novel. With sunscreen and an icy mojito, it just can't be beat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mystic Wyngarden | 2/9/2014

    " I love it and I want more like it!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Julie | 2/4/2014

    " This novel gives the reader a real sense of being in the Caribbean, scuba diving along with its main characters. The plot takes place in the past, as well as the present, and has both a heart-wrenching love story and twisted mystery. "

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