Newland Archer, gentleman lawyer and heir to one of New York City's best families, is happily anticipating a highly desirable marriage to the sheltered and beautiful May Welland....
One of Dicken’s best works appraising English society. Highlights the social and economic pressures of the times. A masterwork....
In The Custom of the Country, Wharton’s scathing social commentary is on full display through the beautiful and manipulative Undine Spragg....
A moving love story displaying all of Austen's signature wit and ironic narrative style....
A mysterious widow, Mrs. Helen Graham, arrives at Wildfell Hall, a nearby old mansion....
The ghost that haunts Canterville Chase has built a marvelous career of midnight haunting. But when an American family moves in, they simply have no respect for permanent bloodstains....
"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" is the most famous supernatural wild chase in all of literature. One of the best-known American short stories, this tale has been produced countless times....
When Ali Baba witnesses 40 thieves open a secret door with some enchanted words, endless possibilities begin to unwind before him.
Simple magic tricks are what a little boy is looking for when he drags his father into a quaint, old shop....
Benjamin Button was literally born an old man. He lived a backwards life, for his body grew younger as the years passed him by. Come and listen to the original, unabridged story by F. Scott Fitzgerald which inspired the movie....
Unexplained events are happening at Oxford these days. Several students have been attacked at night by some strange form of wild animal.....
The Pickwick Club sends Mr. Pickwick and a group of friends to travel across England and to report back on the interesting things they find....
Set during the time of the Napoleonic Wars, this classic gives a satirical picture of a worldly society. The novel revolves around the exploits of Becky Sharp....
Sons and Lovers, D. H. Lawrence's first major novel, was also the first in the English language to explore ordinary working-class life from the inside....
This novel provides a highly charged examination of human suffering and human sacrifice, private experience and public history, during the French Revolution....
The intellectual and religio-philosophical awakening of young Stephen Dedalus as he begins to question and rebel against the Catholic and Irish conventions with which he has been raised....
A bold-spirited dog named Buck is stripped from his comfortable life on a California estate and thrust into the rugged terrain of the Klondike....
Summer details the sexual awakening of its protagonist, 18-year-old, Charity Royall, and her cruel treatment by the father of her child....
Though her desire for a comfortable life means that she cannot marry for love without money, her resistance to the rules of the social elite endangers her many marriage proposals. As Lily spirals down into debt and dishonor, her story takes on the resonance of classic tragedy.
The House of Mirth is a lucid, disturbing analysis of the stifling limitations imposed upon women of author Edith Wharton's generation. Herself born into Old New York Society, Wharton watched as an entirely new set of people living by new codes of conduct entered the metropolitan scene.
In telling the story of Lily Bart, Wharton recasts the age-old themes of family, marriage, and money in ways that transform the traditional novel of manners into an arrestingly modern tale of one woman's struggle to succeed.
Very good book. One suggestion for future listeners: If I had it to do over, I might have gone with another narrator. The one for this version has a very girlish quality that I really liked, however her voice was also very gravelly and after awhile, that started to bother me. Just a small issue, but something to consider!
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What constraints women lived under in 1905! Edith Wharton didn't take the easy way out in this chronicle of Lily Barth's rise and fall in society, and the horrible way her 'friends' and the men in her life treated her. It puts all those beautiful mansions in Newport and along the Hudson in perspective.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
how many women today can relate to this story of loves lost to indecision and regret.
Would you try another book from Edith Wharton and/or Wanda McCaddon?
Maybe. I give most readers at least one "I didn't like it" story. After all, even my favorite authors have written at least one book I didn't love.
Has The House of Mirth turned you off from other books in this genre?
No. A single story cannot be held up as an example of an entire genre.
Which scene was your favorite?
I can't think of one.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
The books conclusion created the only reaction I had to this book. I do not wish to offer a spoiler, but I can say that the conclusion was not predictable. That scene made me feel sad.
Any additional comments?
This book has been on my "to read" list for 5-6 months. It is the story of Lily, a young woman in the United States in the late 19th century. She is poor, her parents passed away, and is a financial burden on her family. Her goal is to marry a man with some wealth to relieve her financial situation. There are several men that find their way into her story. There is Lawrence, he loves her, but is to poor to be an acceptable choice. Then there is Simon, a social climber that wants to trade his fortune for Lily's social status. In addition to the choice between love and money in this pair there is also Gus. Gus is a married man who finds himself in lust with Lily and has manipulated her into taking money from him so that he could later claim an obligation. Finally there is George, who appears to be a friend.<br/><br/>With the main characters laid before you I can say that none of these characters appealed to me. I could forge no connection with any of the characters. This would be why the highest rating I could give the book was "Okay."
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Where does The House of Mirth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This book was not easy listening but it was worth the extra effort.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Troubled heroine in a different era
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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
The only good thing about this book it that it occupied my time driving to and from work for a few weeks. I kept thinking the story would finally get better and the heroine would at least go get a job or learn a trade, but she was a vapid, useless woman, caught in a world where women are disregarded except for ornamental purposes. I had a hard time identifying with her in this story.
What could Edith Wharton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
She could have had the heroine find something to do to make a living, or she could have had her marry her love interest instead of waiting to fall in love with a rich man. She was so shallow, but I suppose it was the era and how she was raised.
What about Wanda McCaddon’s performance did you like?
I liked her "continental" accent.
Do you think The House of Mirth needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
No...it was shallow and plotless.
Any additional comments?
I was disappointed in this first book I have read by Edith Wharton. Perhaps it will be my last!
1 of 5 people found this review helpful
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
It never happened. The download didn't come through despite constantly trying.
What was most disappointing about Edith Wharton’s story?
What didn’t you like about Wanda McCaddon’s performance?
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The House of Mirth?
Any additional comments?
My Audible app was continually syncing. Way past the time frame. Not a happy camper.
3 of 21 people found this review helpful