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The Age Of Innocence

Lu par : Mary Sarah
Durée : 8 h et 43 min

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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.

Public Domain (P)2013 Trout Lake Media

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  • Janna Wong Healy
  • 17/05/2013

Beautiful Book But Less-than-Beautiful Performance

Would you listen to The Age Of Innocence again? Why?

I wish I had the patience to sit through this narrator's reading one more time. As it was, I had to reverse and listen to sections over and over again due to her artistic choices so I feel like I have already listened to this book three or four times!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Age Of Innocence?

I love the passion of the two key characters, Newland and Ellen, which is heightened by their inability to declare their love openly. Any scene in which they appear together is tense but passionate...and certainly memorable.

Would you be willing to try another one of Mary Sarah’s performances?

No. While she articulates the prose well and reads Wharton's novel with enthusiasm, I felt her artistic choice to open every sentence loudly and end it in a whisper was difficult and annoying. I had to hit the rewind button far too many times which seriously harmed the experience for me,

Who was the most memorable character of The Age Of Innocence and why?

The three main characters - Newland, Ellen and May - are memorable and deeply drawn. While May is depicted as an innocent child-woman, she turns out to be very clever indeed. Bit. my favorite character is Newland, who maintains his dignity despite his passionate love for Ellen. Ultimately, he makes the right choice but his passion is deeply felt.

Any additional comments?

Although it's difficult to believe in our modern times that two people in love could have their love constrained in such a way, the novel's depiction of this forbidden love is beautifully rendered.

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  • maggie
  • 16/05/2015

Amateur reader. Terrible pace and pronuniciation.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This is a wonderful but the reader Mary Sarah is so terrible I stopped after two chapters to see if I can find a better reader. Avoid her! She can't speak proper English, never mind French.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mary Sarah?

Imagine Juliet Stevenson

Any additional comments?

I feel like I should get a credit for this bad purchase. I guess I should have read the reviews.

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  • Darrell M.
  • 08/06/2015

Performance Ratings Really Matter

Normally I listen to audiobooks during my commute, but for Age of Innocence (by Edith Wharton, narrated by Mary Sarah), I tried simultaneous listening and reading. By taking this approach, I immediately noticed several issues of missing words or using the wrong words.

Instead of "But then Regina always does what he tells her," the narrator said, "But when Regina always does what tells her."

Instead of "There was a cousinly murmur of pleasure," the narrator said, "There was a cousinly rumor of pleasure."

This interrupted the flow of the experience. These interruptions added to a dislike for the way that the narrator overused volume variation (in the same repeatable pattern).

When she missed words or used the wrong words, my disappointment grew but I tried to soldier on. However, later I found what I deduced to be whole lines of text missed by the narrator. What I heard was nonsensical and it did not match the text. This led to immediate buyer's remorse. I don't fault the narrator on this one. Mistakes happen. This is a producer/director's fault.

At that point, I was so frustrated that I had to put it down and never finished. I tried to return it so that I could try a different narrator, but it was not eligible for return.

Here are two outcomes worth sharing:

1. I will be more cautious when making purchases and take very seriously the "performance" rating by other reviewers. Before, I would eagerly make mass purchases from my Wish List, especially for Pulitzer or Newbery winners.

2. I developed a mistrust of audiobooks. I will take a Berean approach before forming opinions of the written work based upon the audio version.

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  • Liz W.
  • 05/02/2017

Pick ANY Other Version of This Wonderful Novel

This book is a classic and one of my favorites, however, the narrator's atrocious pronunciation and weirdly frantic tonal inflections made a mess of Ms. Wharton's lovely prose. To give you an idea of the pacing, most unabridged versions run between 11 1/2 and 12 hours. This narrator manages to shave a full THREE hours off of that time in this unabridged version. The best thing about Edith Wharton is her ability to convey a depth of emotion in just a few perfectly-chosen words. The narrator's mangling of even the most commonplace phrases does the author a great disservice. There are quite a few other versions available on audible with much better narration. Awful.

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  • Clodhopper
  • 10/07/2013

Less than the sum of its parts

This is my first Wharton novel, and it is not an easy one to critique. It is a well-crafted novel; one can enjoy the prose and lose sight of the fact that the story is rather formulaic, and the crises happen mostly off-stage, and the book continues too long beyond the emotional denoument.

Wharton, like Wilde, writes brilliant sentences but doesn't quite manage to assemble them into a brilliant novel. I may read more of her, but it will be to enjoy her gem-quality prose, not for her storytelling.

The production is substandard. Fault for this lies equally with the narrator and the producer. The narrator tends to hurry her reading too much, and the producer has allowed too many re-reads and awkwards pauses to remain in the final recording.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 12/05/2016

Reader may it difficult to like

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not really.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Age Of Innocence?

In the next to last chapter when Archer finally has the light bulb go off and realize the rest of the family thinks he is in a physical affair when in fact it is everything but physical. Silly man!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator went too fast and did not have different character voices. Also, I had to keep changing the volume. I reduced the speed to 3/4 and could follow along. However, I did miss much of the details due to the volume issue and lack of identifying the character.

Did The Age Of Innocence inspire you to do anything?

No

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  • christopher f. rupp
  • 06/08/2018

Horrible narrator: who treats novel as horse race

I strongly recommend the The Age of Innocence, but more strongly do not recommend the narrator.

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  • Kristi R.
  • 29/05/2013

Tale of unrequited love per society rules.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Age Of Innocence to be better than the print version?

Yes, but only because it's easier for me to listen while I work, than take the time to read the book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I admired May the most, even though the author wrote her as "someone without imagination". In the long run, May knew exactly what was going on, gave the lovers a chance to go in a different direction, but they refused to go their own way and buck society's rules.

Which character – as performed by Mary Sarah – was your favorite?

The grandmamma character was well done.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

There is a film, but I think it would be
"Can you live your life for love?"

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this story of a man who falls in love with a married woman, whom he talks out of divorcing and leaves her with the choice of returning to her husband, (who is hinted as being an abusive man) or living a life of genteel poverty alone. His fear is that she will become the mistress of one man or another and yet he marries her cousin and leaves her behind.
I found the ending very poignant and true. Sometimes we long for something and that longing is more important than the actual fulfillment of the thing you long for. I did do some crying over this one.

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  • Rae
  • 13/03/2017

Demonstrating "a selfish life does not= happiness"

Great Story Classic. Gives Jane Austin worthy competition!
Occasionally the distinction of voices is sorely missing.

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  • Abbie
  • 21/06/2019

Did the reader have the book?

Unfortunately, though the reader of this book has a pleasant voice and thoughtful inflection, she misreads a number of words! I was following along in a hard copy of the book and many words were completely misread!