The Age Of Innocence

  • by Edith Wharton
  • Narrated by Mary Sarah
  • 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Customer Reviews

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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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- Janna Wong Healy

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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- maggie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-30-2013
  • Publisher: Trout Lake Media