©2007 Public Domain; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
This is the best. I am an audiobook addict, and it gets no better than this. If you saw the Jeremy Irons movie by Scorsese, it is a very pale copy. Wharton's prose is rich, her characters fully alive, her acute observations succinctly worded, and her multi-generational plot quietly devastating. By the final pages of the last chapter, I had a steady lump in my throat. The reader is masterful in her pacing, clarity and array of voices...almost like listening to the author herself, communicating to us her large-canvas, minutely described vision of a world we will never see again--old New york..
This is one of the best novels ever, but the narrator sounds like she smokes 3 packs a day. The novel says that Madame Olenska has a "faint foreign accent", but the narrator gives her some weirdo Russian-sounding accent, even though Madame was American-born and -raised. It was terribly distracting and annoying. Somebody did a lousy job of editing this in the studio as well. Halfway through a paragraph, the narrator stops, says, "Let me take that again" in her normal voice, then proceeds to read the same paragraph over. There's no excuse for that.
I love this book, and wish I could trade this recording in for a better one. It was awful.
This is definitely an old classic worthy of time to isten. I was fearful that it began much like the Jane Austen novels, but it has more meat to grab your interest. The narration was interesting. There was good diferentiation between characters. I did find it odd having a woman narrate a story told by a man.
I am a Wharton fan and this is one of my favorites. The narrator did a good job and really enhanced the story. Kick back with a cup of tea and just let the words wash over you.
A wonderful classic story of old New York. The narrator was competent, but not exciting.
Long time LibraryThing member. Love to read a variety of books, usually more than one at a time.
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.
read Chapters 1 thru 5 and it's all I can take! If you dislike listening to people that "name drop", by all means DO NOT get this book! It is boring to the point of disgust! The heavy accent of the narrator reiterates the arrogant/pretentious story being told. Maybe I'm too "modern age", but I am so glad to be living in this time and place (Midwest USA) and not during the time period of the subject book. I would have despised living such a self-centered life as the characters in this book. And I definitely don't care to visit with them any longer!
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