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  • The House of Mirth | Edith Wharton

    The House of Mirth

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Emma Messenger
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    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.

    VK says: "The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton"
  • The Age Of Innocence | Edith Wharton

    The Age Of Innocence

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Mary Sarah
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    Wharton’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel set in upper class New York City. 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. Yet he finds reason to doubt his choice of bride after the appearance of Countess Ellen Olenska, May's exotic, beautiful 30-year-old cousin, who has been living in Europe. This novel won the first ever Pulitzer awarded to a woman.

    Janna Wong Healy says: "Beautiful Book But Less-than-Beautiful Performance"
  • The Age of Innocence | Edith Wharton

    The Age of Innocence

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By David Horovitch
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    Countess Ellen Olenska, separated from her European husband, returns to old New York society. She bears with her an independence and an awareness of life which stirs the educated sensitivity of the charming Newland Archer, engaged to be married to her cousin, May Welland. Though he accepts the society's standards and rules he is acutely aware of their limitations. He knows May will assure him a conventional future but Ellen, scandalously separated from her husband, forces Archer to question his values and beliefs.

    Ilana says: "Narrated to Perfection"
  • Ethan Frome | Edith Wharton

    Ethan Frome

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
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    Ethan Frome, a poor, downtrodden New England farmer, is trapped in a loveless marriage to his invalid wife, Zeena.When Zeena's young cousin Mattie arrives to help care for her, Ethan is immediately taken by Mattie's warm, vivacious personality. They fall desperately in love as he realizes how much is missing from his life and marriage.

    Anne says: "A time capsule not to be missed"
  • Classic American Short Stories, Volume 1 | William Faulkner,Thomas Wolfe,Edith Wharton, more

    Classic American Short Stories, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By William Faulkner, Thomas Wolfe, Edith Wharton, and others
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    Unlike the other arts, American literature has been a powerful, influential, and leading aspect of American culture. By turns sedate and mercurial and possessing a moral mind set of various social values, the American short story reveals in its pages the psyche of a growing, sprawling nation whose sense of destiny has always been larger than life. Here are seven masterpieces that will make you smile, make you frown, and leave you pondering the mystery that surrounds the soul of a great nation.

    James says: "Beautifully performed!"
  • The Great American Short Story Collection: 40 Outstanding Tales by American Writers | Edgar Allan Poe,H. P. Lovecraft,O. Henry,Kate Chopin,Edith Wharton,Mark Twain,Ambrose Bierce

    The Great American Short Story Collection: 40 Outstanding Tales by American Writers

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Edgar Allan Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, O. Henry, and others
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    A thoroughly engaging collection of great classic tales by the very best American authors. 1. 'From Beyond' by H. P. Lovecraft 2. 'The Mysterious Card and the Card Unveiled' by Cleveland Moffett 3. 'Pigs Is Pigs' by Ellis Parker Butler 4. 'The Club of One-Eyed Men' by Arthur Somers Roche 5. 'Afterward' by Edith Wharton 6. 'The Furnished Room' by O. Henry 7. 'A Descent into the Maelström' by Edgar Allan Poe 8. 'Regret' by Kate Chopin 9. 'The Terrible Old Man' by H. P. Lovecraft 10. 'The Dumb Man' by Sherwood Anderson

    PC says: "Hated narrator big time"
  • The Age of Innocence | Edith Wharton

    The Age of Innocence

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Klett
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    Edith Wharton became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction with this 1920 novel about Old New York society. Newland Archer is wealthy, well-bred, and engaged to the beautiful May Welland. But he finds himself drawn to May's cousin Ellen Olenska, who has been living in Europe and who has returned following a scandalous separation from her husband.

    Elizabeth Klett says: "Buyer beware!!"
  • The House of Mirth | Edith Wharton

    The House of Mirth

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Eleanor Bron
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    Beautiful, sophisticated and endlessly ambitious Lily Bart endeavours to climb the social ladder of New York's elite by securing a good match and living beyond her means. Now nearing 30 years of age and having rejected several proposals, forever in the hope of finding someone better, her future prospects are threatened. A damning commentary of 20th-century social order, Edith Wharton's tale established her as one of the greatest British novelists of the 1900s.

    Catherine says: "Wonderful"
  • The Age of Innocence | Edith Wharton

    The Age of Innocence

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Laurel Lefkow
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    The Age of Innocence is a powerful depiction of love and desire in New York's glamorous Gilded Age. When Newland Archer, happily engaged to May Welland, meets his fiancée's cousin Ellen, his entire future is cast into doubt: strong-willed, witty, and entirely unpretentious, Ellen is unlike any woman he has ever met. He is torn between his infatuation for her and his duty to marry May. In subtle and elegant language, Wharton delivers a critical look at the social mores of the time.

  • Fifty Classic Ghost Stories | E. F. Benson,Edith Wharton,F. Marion Crawford,Lettice Galbraith,Hugh Walpole,Charles Dickens,D. H. Lawrence

    Fifty Classic Ghost Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By E. F. Benson, Edith Wharton, F. Marion Crawford, and others
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    A wonderful collection of 50 of the best classic ghost stories ever written. 'The Missing Model' by Lettice Galbraith, 'Pomegranate Seed' by Edith Wharton, 'The Screaming Skull' by F. Marion Crawford, 'The Ghost in the Cupboard Room' by Wilkie Collins, 'The Shadow on the Blind' by Louisa Baldwin, 'A Ghost's Revenge' by Lettice Galbraith, 'The Lost Ghost' by Mary Wilkins-Freeman, 'On the Northern Ice' by Elia W. Peattie, 'The Cold Embrace' by Mary E. Braddon, 'The Dust Cloud' by E. F. Benson, and many more.

    Kathy says: "I agree on narration"
  • The Age of Innocence (AmazonClassics Edition) | Edith Wharton

    The Age of Innocence (AmazonClassics Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
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    Revised edition: Previously published as The Age of Innocence, this edition of The Age of Innocence (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.

  • Ethan Frome | Edith Wharton

    Ethan Frome

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
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    Ethan Frome is a 1911 novel by Edith Wharton, set in turn-of-the-century New England, in the fictitious town of Starkfield, Massachusetts. It is the story of a poor farmer, lonely and downtrodden, his wife Zeena, and their pretty and vivacious cousin, Mattie Silver. This is a short but powerful and engrossing drama, and although it is the least characteristic of the author's novels, it has become her most celebrated book.

    Sarah says: "Sad but Wonderful"
  • The Age of Innocence | Edith Wharton

    The Age of Innocence

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Joanne Woodward
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    Winner of the 1921 Pulitzer Prize, The Age of Innocence is Edith Wharton’s masterful portrait of desire and betrayal which takes place in the sumptuous Golden Age of Old New York, and questions the morals and assumptions of the elite New York society set in the 1870s when "scandal was more dreaded than disease."

    BookWorm620 says: "Same narrator from the movie version"
  • Ethan Frome | Edith Wharton

    Ethan Frome

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    When young Mattie Silver arrives at her cousin Zeena Frome's farm in the New England village of Starkfield, no one could have imagined the tale of sublime and thwarted passion which ensues. Starkfield, like so many New England village communities, is a place where the emotional terrain resembles the physical: stony, hard, and snow covered much of the year. Ethan Frome - "the most striking figure in Starkfield" - ekes out a bleak living from his ungenerous farm, until Mattie brings love and a dream of escape. The powerful sway of obligation and duty and Ethan's inherent dignity make this novel a great American tragedy.

    Tina says: "Overall a good story"
  • The House of Mirth | Edith Wharton

    The House of Mirth

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
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    The beautiful, much-desired Lily Bart has been raised to be one of the perfect wives of the wealthy upper class, but her spark of character and independent drive prevents her from becoming one of the many women who will succeed in those circles. 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.

    Lissa says: "Good book, one suggestion..."
  • The Age of Innocence | Edith Wharton

    The Age of Innocence

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Gayle Hunnicutt
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    Wharton's novel The Age of Innocence is set against an exclusive society background in which she reveals how Newland Archer is often the victim of, rather than the key player in, the events. The plot is constructed on a pattern of ironic misunderstandings: for example, Newland is unaware that Ellen's decision not to sue for divorce was for his and May's sake rather than to conceal her past. Furthermore, Newland remains largely blind to the manipulations of a wife he persists in seeing as innocent and naive.

    katie says: "Great"
  • Summer | Edith Wharton

    Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Grace Conlin
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    Wharton's most erotic and lyrical novel, Summer explores a daring theme for 1917, a woman's awakening to her sexuality. Eighteen-year-old Charity Royall lives in the small town of North Dormer, ignorant of desire until the arrival of architect Lucius Harney. Like the succulent summer landscape in the Berkshires around them, Charity's romance is lush and picturesque, but its consequences are harsh and real.

    lilyglint says: "Excellent first audible purchase!"
  • Selected Shorts: Timeless Classics | James Thurber,Edith Wharton,Jack London,D.H. Lawrence

    Selected Shorts: Timeless Classics

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By James Thurber, Edith Wharton, Jack London, and others
    • Narrated By Maria Tucci, Charles Keating, James Naughton
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    Selected Shorts is an award-winning series of classic and contemporary short fiction read by acclaimed actors. The readings are recorded live at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City. The Selected Shorts radio series is a co-production of Symphony Space and WNYC, New York Public Radio, and is heard on public radio stations nationwide.

    Southern lady says: "Outstanding!"
  • In Morocco | Edith Wharton

    In Morocco

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
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    In Morocco is Edith Wharton's remarkable account of her journey to that country during World War I. With her characteristic sense of adventure, Wharton set out to explore Morocco and its people, traveling by military jeep to Rabat, Moulay Idriss, Fez, and Marrakech, from the Atlantic coast to the high Atlas. Along the way, she witnessed religious ceremonies and ritual dances, visited the opulent palaces of the Sultan, and was admitted to the mysterious world of his harem.

    Brad says: "A colorful but dated travelogue"
  • The Age of Innocence | Edith Wharton

    The Age of Innocence

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Alan Munro
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    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. Yet he finds reason to doubt his choice of bride after the appearance of Countess Ellen Olenska, May's exotic, beautiful 30-year-old cousin who has been living in Europe.

    lorraine person says: "Don't buy"
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