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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"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.
"The Novel of Manners = Blech!"
Well-spent? Probably not. I have come to appreciate Edith Wharton but I am not a fan of the Novels of Manners.
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.
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.
None at this time.
"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.
"Wonderfull reading of a wonderful but tragic story"
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
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.
House Of Mirth is so much a better book than Age Of Innocence. It's a mysteriously beautiful story while tragic!
Emma Messenger should read more Edith Wharton books.
"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.
"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.
It took some time to get interested, but it was worth the wait in the end.
"Must be considered with a grain of salt"
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.
She did a good job.
No - too boring.
"Poor narrating, could not get into story"
Sorry, no, not narrated by Emma Messenger
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.
99%... simply took away from the book.
Did not get that far into the story
I will try to find this book narrated by someone else.
"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.
struggled as main character didn't seem to think like a person just like a scripted character
"Worth a read"
Frustrating female character
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!
Would like to watch the TV adaption
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