This story is set in the 1890's, New York city. It follows the inner thoughts and workings of Newland Archer, a well to do young man in the upper society, during that precarious stage of life before he has committed himself to what sort of life he will live. Will he settle, for better or worse with May Welland? Or will he fling caution and standards to the wind to be with Ellen Olenska?
The real delight of this story, is the peek at the inner workings and mores of the upper crust, a narrow society with very strict rules. I love the way Edith Wharton describes the characters, there subtle dialog and the manners of the times. To be honest, Newland Archer drove me crazy, and I didn't care what choice he made, but the very careful way that Wharton laid out the choices and the consequences was a treat.
Also, the narrator, Lorna Raver, was masterful.
Yes, it did, both.
What I loved best was Neil Gaiman's incomparable voice lulling me into the story, sending shivers down my spine and setting me up for the ending.
It made me say, loud enough for the whole family to hear, "Ahhhhhrrrggggaaa!"
Thank you for the gift of this tale.
Certain friends, yes, I would. The main character is fascinating, and all of the characters in his head are as well formed and shaped as he is. Some of the story itself felt rushed and incomplete, but it was good as far as it went.
Well now, that would just be rude and arrogant, don't you think? It isn't my creation.
Very much so, in fact, I hope Mr. Sanderson will come back to this character.
Simon Prebble is one of my favorite narrators. He never jars me out of the world of the story, and in fact, I forget that I'm being read to and simply fall into the story.
I was impressed with the plot/mystery of this book. It has been a long while since I have been stumped in a murder mystery, and this one had me. Also, I didn't feel I had been cheated out of the solution at the end of the book. Two very important factors in a mystery. The main character, Inspector Rutledge is a broken man trying to go on. One of my very favorite types of characters. The way the War was presented, and its aftereffects was well done and realistic.
Yes, I believe he read The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie. Loved that one, too. I will seek out books read by Simon Prebble, because a good reader is a treasure.
I enjoyed this audio book very much. The reader was delightful and the setting of the Twenties is one I like to read about.
Daisey and her policeman set just the right tone for me. Not sappy, not antagonistic to each other, simply enjoying their relationship blooming.
Hearing the characters with an accent helps to put me in the story. Some of her voices are odd, but not enough to take me out of the story.
No, it made me smile for the most part.
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