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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.

    Public Domain (P)2013 Trout Lake Media

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    • VK
    • 19/01/2015

    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.

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    • Sarah H
    • 11/09/2018

    Classic to a T

    Edith Wharton is definitely a great American writer and this is one of her best pieces. It highlights the issues women faced in their time. I felt for the protagonist and her plight. It must have been soul destroying to have to have a male protector rather than being able to stand on your own. It is sad and were times I would like to climb into the narrative and slap a few people due to their bigotry and sexist attitudes but I had to remind myself that it was normal. Overall the reading was excellent. Emma Messenger had just the right tone and inflection to carry you back to New York and place you in time and place beautifully. I will definitely read/listen to her again. This is definitely worth the time.

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    • Robert Bonney
    • 08/09/2017

    amazing storytelling and narration

    Wharton is a wonderful storyteller. House of Mirth is full of beautifully written characters and a great understanding of human nature and social dynamics. Narrator Emma Messenger is one of the best I've heard.

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    • Arnfinn Rong
    • 16/03/2017

    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.

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    • Deal Monger
    • 26/08/2016

    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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    • Michael
    • 09/08/2015

    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.

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    • 04/12/2021

    Masterpiece

    It’s been many years since I first read Edith Wharton’s masterpiece House of Mirth. With countless reviews and feedback available, all I can offer is this: her timeless writing gets even better with age.

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    • mike s.
    • 19/02/2020

    Fantastic book enlivened by talented voice actor

    Love this book. The voice artist is exceptional. Read until the end. You will not see that coming.

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    • bebe
    • 18/08/2019

    Very well written

    Fascinating portrait of a privileged woman and the consequences of her actions. I don't know whether or not I like Lilly Bart, the protagonist, but I think the answer is that i did not like her. It was interesting and extremely well written, but it was also rather sad and depressing. I believe Edith Wharton must have known first hand the feelings of depression.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 30/03/2019

    annoyingly over acted performance but still worth

    this production is a case study in extremes. The reading was extremely aggravating, but Edith Wharton's novel is mesmerizing. You easily forget that this story takes place over 100 years ago. Lily Bart could easily be any girl today struggling with crushing depression and manic anxiety. I just wish it was read better, however this version was a great price so I guess it's true what they say - you get what you pay for.

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    • CliffBarnes
    • 19/07/2017

    Sehr gut und verständlich vorgelesen

    Was hat Ihnen am allerbesten an The House of Mirth gefallen?

    Die langsame und kontinuierliche Entwicklung der Geschichte der Heldin Lily Bart.

    Was mochten Sie an der Handlung am liebsten?

    Die Beziehung zwischen Lily Bart und Lawrence Selden.

    Hat Ihnen Emma Messenger an der Geschichte etwas vermittelt, was Sie vielleicht beim Selberlesen gar nicht bemerkt hätten?

    Ich habe das Buch noch nicht gelesen.

    Hat dieses Hörbuch Sie emotional stark bewegt? Mussten Sie laut z.B. lachen, weinen, zweifeln, etc.?

    Ja. Ich habe mit Lily mitgefiebert.

    Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

    Ich finde die Aussprache sehr gut und konnte der Geschichte gut folgen. Ich glaube, dass ich bei anderen Vorlesern dieses Buch evtl. nicht zu Ende gehört hätte: es ist doch etwas lang und die Geschichte entwickelt sind über die ganze Länge "nur" gleichmäßig weiter.

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    • Lisa
    • 08/07/2017

    Authentic

    Quay is pronounced KEY, not QWAY.

    Reader captures the personalities of the characters very well