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Nancy Walker

Storky46--Avid reader/listener. Love my old Kindle so much, I cannot bring myself to buy a new Fire.

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  • The House of Mirth

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (58)

    The beautiful, much-desired Lily Bart has been raised to be one of the perfect wives of the wealthy upper class, but her spark of character and independent drive prevents her from becoming one of the many women who will succeed in those circles. Though her desire for a comfortable life means that she cannot marry for love without money, her resistance to the rules of the social elite endangers her many marriage proposals.

    Lissa says: "Good book, one suggestion..."
    "Yawn!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The only good thing about this book it that it occupied my time driving to and from work for a few weeks. I kept thinking the story would finally get better and the heroine would at least go get a job or learn a trade, but she was a vapid, useless woman, caught in a world where women are disregarded except for ornamental purposes. I had a hard time identifying with her in this story.


    What could Edith Wharton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    She could have had the heroine find something to do to make a living, or she could have had her marry her love interest instead of waiting to fall in love with a rich man. She was so shallow, but I suppose it was the era and how she was raised.


    What about Wanda McCaddon’s performance did you like?

    I liked her "continental" accent.


    Do you think The House of Mirth needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No...it was shallow and plotless.


    Any additional comments?

    I was disappointed in this first book I have read by Edith Wharton. Perhaps it will be my last!

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