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The House of Mirth Audiobook

The House of Mirth

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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 2016
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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.

    6 of 6 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 2017
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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.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 08-09-15
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 08-09-15 Member Since 2017

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "Excellent, but Quite Dated"

    This is an excellently written novel about a young woman falling from the height of 1900’s New York society. It is a well delivered story but it is difficult now days to feel too sorry for the character actually having to learn a skill and get a job (due to her own silliness) instead of living off of inherited wealth or marriage into such wealth. This is an unflattering expose of 1900 New York, which was likely controversial at the time, but now just seems quaint.

    This, like An American Tragedy, is well written in a naturalistic style with a likable yet tragically flawed protagonist, but I much preferred An American Tragedy as it was less a story about manners and more about motivations.

    The narration was excellent and added much to my enjoyment of this novel.

    Although the writing was excellent and the story well written, I can’t think of anyone I would highly recommend this book to.

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    06-22-17
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    "know the book is a classic but I'd change the end."

    Narrator is wonderful , book is beautiful. I just want a different ending! Worth it though

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Arnfinn Rong Norway 03-16-17
    Arnfinn Rong Norway 03-16-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderfull reading of a wonderful but tragic story"
    Where does The House of Mirth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Emma Messenger reads very true to the book, in a delightful voice that does not add to characters what isn't already there on the page


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The House of Mirth?

    The story is very heart-gripping, one of those where you loathe as well as love the main person, Lily Barth, a beautiful but too-proud lady in pre-WW1 New York society era.


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

    House Of Mirth is so much a better book than Age Of Innocence. It's a mysteriously beautiful story while tragic!


    Any additional comments?

    Emma Messenger should read more Edith Wharton books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deal Monger 08-26-16
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    "Brilliant tragic love story"

    Superb narration of a beautifully written novel. By today's standards the heroine's indecision can sometimes be exasperating, but that's more a reflection on the elite society of early 20e America than on her. Many parallels to Anna Karenina.

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    Theresa 08-16-16
    Theresa 08-16-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Glad I Read"

    I enjoyed reading this book. It took me to a place in time I'm glad I didn't live in. Being a woman I'm not sure I would have done anything different.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Emril 04-27-16
    Emril 04-27-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Different"

    It took some time to get interested, but it was worth the wait in the end.

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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.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    d op 08-29-14
    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Clavs
    6/22/17
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    "Ahead of its Time"

    This novel of social commentary, highlights the unjust treatment of single women in New York high Society at the end of the nineteenth century. I imagine it was controversial when published but time has tamed its criticism.

    Beautiful Lily Bart has many family connections and an aristocratic upbringing but is forced to depend on the small allowance of an elderly aunt. Lily's extravagant friends and life style mean she soon finds herself unable to keep up financially and so she must consider marrying for money to maintain the lifestyle she is accustom to. However, she faces the all too familiar issue of marrying for love over money. Could she be happy in poverty with the man she loves? This novel explores the options facing many young women from this period.

    I found the narrator of this book quite annoying. Very breathy at times and putting on many hammed up voices. I would rather have read it myself and I think I would have connected with the characters more had they not been so frustratingly portrayed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    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
  • Jan
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    "frustrating read/listening."

    struggled as main character didn't seem to think like a person just like a scripted character

    0 of 0 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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