In 1905 New York City, Lily Bart is a young, witty and beautiful socialite. Through a series of unfortunate events, she learns of the bitter consequences for a single woman without wealth, living in an uncaring society.
Public Domain (P)2013 Trout Lake Media
I thought this book was okay, well worth the 95 cents that I paid. I am not sure why so many other reviewers disliked the narrator. This is the second book that I've listened to which she has narrated and I found her perfectly adequate.
Well-spent? Probably not. I have come to appreciate Edith Wharton but I am not a fan of the Novels of Manners.
Yes. I very much liked Ethan Frome and, despite it being a Novel of Manners, the Age of Innocence. Wharton knows what she's doing and I would not give up on her based on my ho-hum take on House of Mirth.
I don't mean this maliciously, but not much. Messenger did a great job with her performance and I liked her portrayals very much. But the narrator, in my opinion, has little ability to improve the book experience but has a lot of power to diminish it. Ms. Messenger delivers a wholly adequate and enjoyable experience.
None at this time.
Just about everything. But it's worth knowing what that genre and period are about. I'm just glad I don't live in that society.
She did a good job.
No - too boring.
Sorry, no, not narrated by Emma Messenger
I do not know, as I said I could not get into the story.. it started to sound like I could like it if it had a different narrator.
99%... simply took away from the book.
Did not get that far into the story
I will try to find this book narrated by someone else.
"Not my style"
It's a well written book, well presented, but not my style. Despite the fact it kept making me think of the vapidity of Paris Hilton and countless Kardashians, I still made it half way through. That is quite some endorsement.
"Worth a read"
Frustrating female character
It annoyed me because the main character was just so principled to her own detriment. I didn't have much sympathy for her in the end but that doesn't take away from the quality of the writing, it only shows how good it was to elicit such strong feelings from me!
Would like to watch the TV adaption
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