The House of Mirth

  • by Edith Wharton
  • Narrated by Emma Messenger
  • 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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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.
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- VK

The Novel of Manners = Blech!

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

Well-spent? Probably not. I have come to appreciate Edith Wharton but I am not a fan of the Novels of Manners.


Would you be willing to try another book from Edith Wharton? Why or why not?

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.


What does Emma Messenger bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.


If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes.


Any additional comments?

None at this time.

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- Joe

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-18-2013
  • Publisher: Trout Lake Media