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The Age of Innocence Audiobook

The Age of Innocence

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Countess Olenska, separated from her European husband, returns to old New York society. She bears with her an independence and anawareness of life which stirs the educated sensitivity of Newland Archer, engaged to be married to May Welland.

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    RtooDtoo Oakland, CA 02-28-10
    RtooDtoo Oakland, CA 02-28-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic story"

    The unexpected thing about this story, for me, was seeing that the "age" being referred to was not only about a certain time of life, but also about a point in history where one could look back to the previous generation and witness a huge gap in attitude and perception. It starts with horse-drawn buggies, hand-written notes, etc. and ends with telephones and automobiles. To see this sort of change in one's lifetime must have been really amazing.
    There is also a Scorsese film version of this with Daniel Day-Lewis. It's definitely worth watching but it bothered me a little that the two heroines were swapped (the raven-haired temptress in the book is played by Michelle Pheiffer).

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Bonny 08-27-16
    Bonny 08-27-16

    Addicted to books, both print and audio-.

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    "I feel kind of stupid!"

    for having ignored Edith Wharton all these years. What a gifted and intelligent writer! I've never had much interest in novels about upper-crust society types, in whatever age and location, but this book is so much more than that. Wharton is a master of character study, of dialogue, of imagery, and of exquisite prose. I sometimes miss a sentence or two because I'm thinking about how beautiful the last one was. I found this a very engaging and compelling read. David Horovitch's narration is simply exquisite. His pacing is superb; it is so lovely to have a narrator take time with the language.

    I've also recently finished Ethan Frome (George Guidall's narration, which was fine) and The House of Mirth (Barbara Caruso, excellent), both of which I recommend highly. Sheesh, this woman could write novels! I'm very much looking forward to the rest of her books.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie Crowson Lufkin, TX, US 02-27-13
    Natalie Crowson Lufkin, TX, US 02-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved this classic!"
    Where does The Age of Innocence rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    What a great story. I hung on every word. Enjoyed this audible book.


    Any additional comments?

    When narrator tried to sound like a female I would laugh to myself, but how else could he do????

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    J Riverton, WV, United States 02-02-13
    J Riverton, WV, United States 02-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good listen"

    I chose this book because I liked the movie & as they say the book is usually better than the movie. This holds true for this book. The narrator was very good and the story held my attention.

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    KDM 04-27-17
    KDM 04-27-17 Member Since 2011

    KDM

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    "Wonderful!"

    I have pretty much listened to all the versions of The Age of Innocence and I have to say I think this is the best! David Horovitch's narration is so clear and elegant that I could really understand the nuances in scenes that I could never pick up before. I feel as if I'm listening to a newly discovered addition of the novel! It has been my tradition to read, listen or watch TAI every few years and I now have my go-to audio version! Such a wonderful, sad and moving tail of a bygone society and the universal topics of living within that society's rules and norms. Sad but compelling at the same time. It will remain one of my top 10 classics!

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    Judith Deborah United States 01-04-15
    Judith Deborah United States 01-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Exquisite in every way"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. It's a deeply moving, extremely witty, beautifully told story, peopled with extraordinarily vivid characters. It's also an exceptionally detailed portrait of a time and place (1870s New York City among the extremely wealthy). And it's narrated just about perfectly.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Newland Archer, because he is so completely realized as a character and because his journey is so gracefully and intelligently conveyed.


    Have you listened to any of David Horovitch’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I will certainly seek him out. He managed to convey not only Wharton's sly humor but also a real compassion for the characters he was playing. It's a wonderful, sensitive, thoughtful performance.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    So many! Two come to mind: the carriage ride Newland and the Countess Olenska take in May's carriage late in the story, and the moment at that last dinner when Newland realizes what everyone around the table is thinking about him, and what they are trying to communicate to him. And of course the ending, so fitting and so moving.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 08-24-14
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 08-24-14 Member Since 2008

    Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.

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    "An Unexpected and Very Pleasant Surprise!"

    The Age of Innocence was a daily deal and really not something that would interest me, but the reviews were all so enthusiastic that I had to give it a try.

    Horovitch narrated it so wonderfully, I wasn't the least bit bothered by his English accent for New York characters. I will admit I did laugh out loud at another reviewer's comment about Countess Oleska sounding like she was from Transylvania. Despite that little blip, it was a perfect narration.

    I particularly enjoyed the setting, 1870's New York City. The upper class families with their restrictive societal-driven behaviors fascinated me. I loved the description by Wharton of May and Ellen's grandmother, Mrs. Manson Mingott. It had me chuckling to myself as she described in detail Mingott's utterly fleshy state!

    I had hopes for different decisions on Newland Archer's part, but it seems he was greatly limited by societal restraints of the day and of his class as mentioned above. It was a very unusual threesome, something that would never play out in this day and age of immediate gratification. And yet, I loved every minute of this book. It was an enjoyable and amusing listen for me.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    murray LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 01-19-13
    murray LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 01-19-13 Member Since 2007

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "HAS IT ALL"
    If you could sum up The Age of Innocence in three words, what would they be?

    romantic love squared


    What did you like best about this story?

    portrayal of the life style of the new york in the 19th century


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

    all the characters - he does it so well - they each have such distinct voices


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    just a very tight story about a family and an era and a society that was beautifully and insightfully written

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lois 10-12-12
    Lois 10-12-12 Member Since 2017
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    "A Thoroughly Good Read"

    A well crafted story about 'the eternal triangle,' with an unforeseen conclusion. Edith Wharton paints her characters realistically, to the point where I felt as though I was personally involved with their story. David Horovith's narration greatly enhanced the pleasure of the listen. A book I will certainly re-read at a future date.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah AUSTIN, TX, United States 10-09-12
    Deborah AUSTIN, TX, United States 10-09-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Performance did not work for me"

    The narrator is a skilled reader by most technical criteria. However, I found the overall tone inappropriate for a novel of manners. There is a humorless sense of foreboding that might work in a horror novel but lost me. Although I was enjoying the content I could not get through more than a couple of chapters

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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