The Custom of the Country

  • by Edith Wharton
  • Narrated by Lorna Raver
  • 16 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From New York to Europe, the apartments of the nouveau riche to ancient French estates, Edith Wharton tells the story of Undine Spragg, a girl from a Midwestern town with unquenchable social aspirations. Though Undine is narcissistic, pampered, and incredibly selfish, she is a beguiling heroine whose marital initiation into New York high society from its trade-wealthy fringes is only the beginning of her relentless ambitions.
Wharton weaves an elaborate plot that renders a detailed depiction of upper-class social behavior in the early 20th century. By using a character with inexorable greed in a novel of manners, she demonstrates some of the customs of a modern age and posits a surprising explanation for divorce and the social role of women, which still resonates for the modern audience today.


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Very good. Edith Wharton at her best. A great listen for a long journey. Excellent.
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- AJ1906


Edith Wharton's best novel in my opinion. Undine Spragg is an incredible invention. Infuriating at times but worth it.
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- mancbella

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-03-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio