The House of Mirth

  • by Edith Wharton
  • Narrated by Eleanor Bron
  • 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

First published in 1905, the House of Mirth shocked many by its candour. Lily Bart moves in the shallow, new-moneyed class of New York society in which men make the money and women spend it. There amongst the glib diversions of the newly rich, she seeks a husband who can not only maintain her in this charmed existence, but can also provide unstinting admiration. Scandal, however, intervenes. Accused of being the mistress of a wealthy married man, Lily must withdraw from society. She becomes a milliner, but finds life outside the hothouse unendurable.

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The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

A beautifully written novel, expertly read by Eleanor Bron. It tells the story of 29 year old Lily Bart, a dazzling socialite in 1890's New York. The big problem for Lily is money, the fact that she has none and the life style she desires needs plenty.The novel follows her fall into poverty and the response of her friends and acquaintances. A fascinating look at late 19 Century American society
A delight to listen to.
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- Valerie Harris

Beautifully done.

The worst of this was that the 'blurb' on Audible gives away the plot- I knew how Lily ended up before Eleanor Bron even opened her mouth.

Apart from that it was absolutely superb- as one expects from this publisher.
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- Philip

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-08-2008
  • Publisher: Audible Studios