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The House of Mirth | [Edith Wharton]

The House of Mirth

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    VK Des Moines, IA 01-19-15
    VK Des Moines, IA 01-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe HOOVER, AL, United States 03-04-14
    Joe HOOVER, AL, United States 03-04-14 Member Since 2015
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    "The Novel of Manners = Blech!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Well-spent? Probably not. I have come to appreciate Edith Wharton but I am not a fan of the Novels of Manners.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Edith Wharton? Why or why not?

    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.


    What does Emma Messenger bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    None at this time.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Marylyn Damascus, MD, United States 03-24-15
    Marylyn Damascus, MD, United States 03-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Must be considered with a grain of salt"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    What about Emma Messenger’s performance did you like?

    She did a good job.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No - too boring.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    d op 08-29-14
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    "Poor narrating, could not get into story"
    Would you try another book from Edith Wharton and/or Emma Messenger?

    Sorry, no, not narrated by Emma Messenger


    Would you recommend The House of Mirth to your friends? Why or why not?

    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.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    99%... simply took away from the book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The House of Mirth?

    Did not get that far into the story


    Any additional comments?

    I will try to find this book narrated by someone else.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sutton, United Kingdom
    3/2/14
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • zomodo
    3/26/14
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    "Worth a read"
    If you could sum up The House of Mirth in three words, what would they be?

    Frustrating female character


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    Would like to watch the TV adaption

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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