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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Ahead of its Time

This novel of social commentary, highlights the unjust treatment of single women in New York high Society at the end of the nineteenth century. I imagine it was controversial when published but time has tamed its criticism.

Beautiful Lily Bart has many family connections and an aristocratic upbringing but is forced to depend on the small allowance of an elderly aunt. Lily's extravagant friends and life style mean she soon finds herself unable to keep up financially and so she must consider marrying for money to maintain the lifestyle she is accustom to. However, she faces the all too familiar issue of marrying for love over money. Could she be happy in poverty with the man she loves? This novel explores the options facing many young women from this period.

I found the narrator of this book quite annoying. Very breathy at times and putting on many hammed up voices. I would rather have read it myself and I think I would have connected with the characters more had they not been so frustratingly portrayed.
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- Clavs

Not my style

It's a well written book, well presented, but not my style. Despite the fact it kept making me think of the vapidity of Paris Hilton and countless Kardashians, I still made it half way through. That is quite some endorsement.
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- Mark

Book Details

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