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Newland Archer is about to announce his engagement to the docile May Welland when he meets her cousin, the mysterious, nonconformist Countess Ellen Olenska. Edith Wharton's elegant portrait of desire and betrayal in Old New York earned her the first Pulitzer Prize for literature ever awarded to a woman.
©2007 Public Domain; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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By Frederick R. on 04-28-08

The Best of Its or Any Day

This is the best. I am an audiobook addict, and it gets no better than this. If you saw the Jeremy Irons movie by Scorsese, it is a very pale copy. Wharton's prose is rich, her characters fully alive, her acute observations succinctly worded, and her multi-generational plot quietly devastating. By the final pages of the last chapter, I had a steady lump in my throat. The reader is masterful in her pacing, clarity and array of voices...almost like listening to the author herself, communicating to us her large-canvas, minutely described vision of a world we will never see again--old New york..

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By Lisa on 09-05-08

Terrific story, TERRIBLE narrator!

This is one of the best novels ever, but the narrator sounds like she smokes 3 packs a day. The novel says that Madame Olenska has a "faint foreign accent", but the narrator gives her some weirdo Russian-sounding accent, even though Madame was American-born and -raised. It was terribly distracting and annoying. Somebody did a lousy job of editing this in the studio as well. Halfway through a paragraph, the narrator stops, says, "Let me take that again" in her normal voice, then proceeds to read the same paragraph over. There's no excuse for that.

I love this book, and wish I could trade this recording in for a better one. It was awful.

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By Mrs. K. I. Richards on 12-24-14

american classic narrated by an american.

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I originally bought this book some years ago narrated by david horovitch and have just got round to listening to it. it was awful, spoken very slow with gaps between sentences. I gave up and then found this version which I liked.<br/>the three main characters are newland archer, may welland and countess olanski and in their own way are all self absorbed.<br/>I gave it 4 stars because I finished it.

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