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The House of Mirth Audiobook

The House of Mirth

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Publisher's Summary

First published in 1905, the House of Mirth shocked many by its candour. Lily Bart moves in the shallow, new-moneyed class of New York society in which men make the money and women spend it.

There amongst the glib diversions of the newly rich, she seeks a husband who can not only maintain her in this charmed existence, but can also provide unstinting admiration.

Scandal, however, intervenes. Accused of being the mistress of a wealthy married man, Lily must withdraw from society. She becomes a milliner, but finds life outside the hothouse unendurable.

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    Crisitna Tunon 05-05-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Love this book, I'd recommend it to anyone!"

    Such an amazing story!

    The narrator was wonderful, I think she did a great job of changing her voice and portraying each character accurately. I was very impressed with her performance.

    Love this book, I'd recommend it to anyone.

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    Aragonesa 07-07-15
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    "Great narration, gripping story"

    Transcends the novel-of-manners about aristocrats genre....a study of human relationships and pride. Won't forget for a long time. Narrator does a great job differentiating among characters without falling into caricature.

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    Stephen Port Ludlow, WA, USA 04-25-15
    Stephen Port Ludlow, WA, USA 04-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Zola meets Hardy"

    A manipulative and melodramatic plot which successfully skewers New York society of 1905, but achieves little else. Great writing skills rather wasted

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    Theresa Pittman 04-04-15
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    "Very enjoyable listening!!"
    Where does The House of Mirth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was my first listen and I enjoyed it very much!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The voice of the narrator and how she changed her voice from character to character.


    Which character – as performed by Eleanor Bron – was your favorite?

    Mr. Rosdale


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    Margaret S 03-12-15
    Margaret S 03-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved this narrator"
    What does Eleanor Bron bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The style of writing is delicious. But I just know if I tried to read it my eyes would gloss over with a quickness. Ms. Bron's narrating style allows the meanings of any complicated sentences to be put together and understood. Not anyone could do that. I enjoyed listening so much I'm moved to comment. Thank you Eleanor Bron!


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    Brian PALM SPRINGS, CA, United States 03-01-15
    Brian PALM SPRINGS, CA, United States 03-01-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A performance worthy of the material. Brilliant!"

    While I had seen the film adaptation of this book, it pales in comparison to the book. The narrator could not have been better as her tone and subtleties very much lent themselves to the storyline.

    Although I knew the ending going in, I still kept hoping for a different outcome. That is how engrossing this experience was for me.

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    RJTandAMT CT, United States 05-02-14
    RJTandAMT CT, United States 05-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Depressing!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I feel bad giving this story a bad review as it was very well written and extremely important for its time. It is just so hopelessly depressing I couldn't finish it.


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    Andrew MURFREESBORO, TENNESSEE, United States 11-03-13
    Andrew MURFREESBORO, TENNESSEE, United States 11-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Most Eloquent Tragedy"

    This is the first book I've read by Edith Wharton and, trust me, I'll be reading as many as I can from here on out! I found myself constantly upset with the center of the novel, Lily Bart, because of her ego, her reluctance to accept the love being offered to her upon nearly every encounter with a male (though one she was wise to refuse), and her inability (or, rather, lack of effort) to crawl out of the hole she had dug for herself in the final chapters of the book.

    But, no matter what the author was expressing, I've seldom seen more beautifully constructed sentences, painting an exquisite picture of the characters' surroundings, moods and behaviors. Not only does she display a wonderful landscape, she also delivers bits of wisdom here and there to keep the reader from falling into Lily's debacle.

    "In whatever form a slowly-accumulated past lives in the blood - whether in the concrete image of the old house stored with visual memories, or in the conception of the house not built with hands, but made up of inherited passions and loyalties - it has the same power of broadening and deepening the individual existence, of attaching it by mysterious links of kinship to all the mighty sum of human striving."

    Eleanor Bron's performance of the novel is terrific, with discernible accents for specific characters and the ability to fluently express the author's tremendous work. Well done, indeed.

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    Leslie 10-26-12
    Leslie 10-26-12
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    "A wonderful reading of a wonderful book."

    I am a big Edith Wharton fan, and I love The House of Mirth. Eleanor Bron's reading is extraordinary, and brought a whole new dimension to this masterpiece. Fair warning: this book is anything by mirthful. It is a very sad, but very thought-provoking exploration of ethics, morality, and personal responsibility,revealed through the life story of Lily Bart and the people in her circle of the New York elite in the early 20th century. I defy anyone to listen through to the end of this book without being moved. Well done!

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    Alice 10-19-12
    Alice 10-19-12
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    "If you've seen Age of Innocence the film.."

    This is my second Edith Wharton book.

    I liked Age of Innocence both as a book and a film.
    But I find The House of Mirth more interesting to me.

    That's why I chose this audiobook, and the narrator's voice
    sounds great.

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