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Lisa W

Scientist, photographer, gardener and traveler

Montclair, NJ USA | Member Since 2012

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  • The House of Mirth

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Barbarra Caruso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    Lily Bart, a beautiful, intelligent, but penniless young woman, lives on the outskirts of New York's high society, craving the luxurious lifestyle of her wealthy contacts. But while Lily possesses the grace, taste, and morality of the ideal turn-of-the-century lady, her delicate innocence threatens her survival in that very world. As she fights to maintain her newfound place among the aristocracy, Lily struggles mightily against what lurks beneath all the glitter and gold - greed, vulgarity, and ruthless competition. In her brilliantly perceptive novel, The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton, the peerless, Pulitzer Prize-winning chronicler of Old New York, provides yet another heartbreaking glimpse into the world of manners, privilege, betrayal, and shocking falls from grace.

    Melanie says: "Beautiful Tragedy"
    "A tragic ending"
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    What is it about authors from this time period - was life really that tragic? In my opinion, Edith Wharton falls into the same category as Henry James - good plots but the women always get the short end of the stick but the end of the novel. In any event, a very good read that really captured my attention. I really came to sympathize with Lily and so wanted her to have a different fate.

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  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5191)
    Performance
    (2965)
    Story
    (3005)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "Couldn't wait until I could listen to more"
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    I listen to books on my long commute and I know I have a good one when I can't wait to be in my car. The Forgotten Garden is a great story with wonderful character development where I really felt as though I knew the characters. Written over about a century in time, the author wove a wonderful story of love, lies and loss. There were many twists and turns so that I couldn't figure out the plot - every time I thought I knew what would happen there was another twist. The end was very satisfying as while it wasn't a happy end there was poetic justice.

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