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Newland Archer is about to announce his engagement to the docile May Welland when he meets her cousin, the mysterious, nonconformist Countess Ellen Olenska. Edith Wharton's elegant portrait of desire and betrayal in Old New York earned her the first Pulitzer Prize for literature ever awarded to a woman.
©2007 Public Domain; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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The Best of Its or Any Day

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..

28 of 28 people found this review helpful

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Terrific story, TERRIBLE narrator!

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.

24 of 25 people found this review helpful

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  • Patti
  • Chittenango, NY, United States
  • 11-06-12

Better Than Austen

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Perfect Match of Reader and Material

Where does The Age of Innocence rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

High, it was delightful.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Age of Innocence?

The beautifully ironic tone in which the opening scenes are read.

Which scene was your favorite?

Few or no weaknesses in this novel.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Poor Little Rich Boy Learns to Live

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The narrator is pitch perfect; everything about her works: her voice, her tone, her speed, her light, deft interpretation of the material. I can't imagine this book being more charming or more fun than when read by Lorna Raver.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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MEN AND WOMEN

Edith Wharton’s “The Age of Innocence” exposes false notions of equality in America and reflects on the human frailty and strength of men and women. Wharton lived through the turn of the 19th into the 20th century in America. She lived an adult life of luxury in New York, and later in France.

Wharton writes about American society; i.e. she exposes New York’s “upstairs, downstairs” snobbery in the early 20th century. In telling the tale, Wharton sharply defines the battle of the sexes, duplicity of romance, and folly of youth. Though writing about a sliver of wealthy American’ society in the early 20th century, Wharton’s story rings as true about men and women today as it did when she won the Pulitzer Prize.

In the end, Wharton shows Archer, the novel's male protagonist, to be emotionally immature. Archer chooses to keep his innocent memory; i.e. his deluded vision of romance, commitment, and love. May and Olenska are shown to understand the difference between lust and romance; commitment, and love. Archer never does. Archer never gets over “The Age of Innocence”.

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A well narrated classic!

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.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great Story

Would you consider the audio edition of The Age of Innocence to be better than the print version?

A wonderful classic story of old New York. The narrator was competent, but not exciting.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great Novel

As a regency romance type...I found this novel delightful.

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A Classic!

Edith Wharton is masterful in depicting New York society at the turn of the century. Equally, she is gifted in telling a compelling story!

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A sociological and psychological journey!

Wharton's words painted a picture that captured a time in history that was delicately rich and impoverished at once. Great!

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  • Mrs. K. I. Richards
  • 12-24-14

american classic narrated by an american.

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I originally bought this book some years ago narrated by david horovitch and have just got round to listening to it. it was awful, spoken very slow with gaps between sentences. I gave up and then found this version which I liked.<br/>the three main characters are newland archer, may welland and countess olanski and in their own way are all self absorbed.<br/>I gave it 4 stars because I finished it.

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