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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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    W Perry Hall 01-23-17

    "There is scarcely any passion without struggle." Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

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    "Money, It's a Hit"


    "Money, it's a hit,
    Don't give me that do goody good bullsh!t."*


    A superb, timeless novel that went to my top 40 (at least) because it was a real kick in the a$$ to NYC upper class society in the early 20th Century. So, why haven't we had these societal mirrors nearly as often or recent as we should?

    >>>>>>>>

    Take an utter beauty^ of modest means, orphaned at a young age and raised to be a perfect wife of wealth and privilege
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    put her into the depraved, hostile, covetous and capricious upper class society in Gilded Age New York City,
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    have her want love + wealth + status while maintaining a streak of independence, her moral compass and a touch of folly,
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    a timeless classic tragedy arising from innocent Lily Bart's struggle against society and its expectations.

    “She felt a stealing sense of fatigue as she walked; the sparkle had died out of her, and the taste of life was stale on her lips. She hardly knew what she had been seeking, or why the failure to find it had so blotted the light from her sky: she was only aware of a vague sense of failure, of an inner isolation deeper than the loneliness about her.”Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth

    The eponymous verse from the King James Bible**:

    "The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth."
    Ecclesiastes 7:4, KJV


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    *Roger Waters, "Money" (1973)


    **Her alternative title was "A Moment's Ornament," from one of her favorite poems, "She was a Phantom of Delight," first stanza (1804) "

    She was a Phantom of delight
    When first she gleam'd upon my sight;
    A lovely Apparition, sent
    To be a moment's ornament:....

    Wm. Wordsworth, "She was a Phantom of Delight," first stanza (1804)


    ^"Everything about her was warm and soft and scented; even the stains of her grief became her as raindrops do the beaten rose." Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    William M Storm MILWAUKEE, WI, United States 10-07-12
    William M Storm MILWAUKEE, WI, United States 10-07-12 Member Since 2012

    An academic who listens to novels on runs and commutes to campus.

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    "Decisions Have Consequences"

    Having now read Ethan Frome and Age of Innocence and listened to The House of Mirth, I can say that Edith Wharton is an unsympathetic author. She expects her characters and readers to look at the world through an objective lens. She places her characters into situations that have extreme consequences, and part of her program, so it seems, is to see how people will respond when tempted. What seems a small decision lingers throughout the narrative, especially for Lilly Bart, whose life descends into degradation as she is forced to compromise who she is for the sake of money. Simple decisions exact a terrible toll on her, and in the end, she succumbs to the hardships of her existence. If you enjoy happy endings or you feel too much for characters, then Edith Wharton might not be the author for your tastes. If you, on the other hand, expect a text to point to larger truths of how society functions--here late 19th/early 20th century--then her books are a fine source of how so much of life depends on the external forces of other people.

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    nerdgirl Berkeley CA USA 09-04-17
    nerdgirl Berkeley CA USA 09-04-17
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    "Gripping!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The House of Mirth to be better than the print version?

    I alternated between audio and print, as I tend to listen to audiobooks in the car and had a few long drives (and time in between). Both were amazing, but I'm a sucker for being read to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lily. I kept wanting to shake her out of her illusions; she had so much potential to be more than just a social ornament.


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

    I haven't, but will be seeking them out.


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

    I cried at the end, which was a little embarrassing as I was on public transportation. The rest of the time, I was simply rapt. I've read Wharton (Age of Innocence, all her New York stories) but somehow skipped over The House of Mirth and even more amazingly, didn't know how it would end, other than a general awareness of "..not well." Bron's reading is excellent, although Rosedale's 'toidy-toid & toid' accent was sometimes a bit wobbly. I cared very deeply for all the characters in this book (well, except for the more oblivious rich folk).


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this. Schedule a long drive, alone, and listen.

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    Researcher/Filmmaker Los Angeles, CA United States 06-20-17
    Researcher/Filmmaker Los Angeles, CA United States 06-20-17
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    "Whoa"

    Exquisitely written.

    The narration is very good.

    The book will leave you a little shaken.

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    Crisitna Tunon 05-05-16
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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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    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 2017
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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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    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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    6/27/12
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    "Highly Recommended"

    I came to this book late - following a quiz I thought I'd already read it but had confused it with a Henry James novel. Don't delay! Beautifully read, as well as written. And tragic - it's too easy today to dismiss the significance of moral standards of past ages. How lucky we are today.

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