The House of Mirth (unabridged)

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Edith Wharton

The House of Mirth

Read by Laurel Lefkow


A single woman of 29, Lily Bart is Edith Wharton’s quintessential trapped heroine. Orphaned following the death of her parents, Lily understands that she must use her beauty, grace and charm to attain the social position she longs for, but she is caught between her desire for wealth and a strong moral conscience, which sabotages every opportunity she encounters. Lily’s employment as a maid finds her visiting the houses of New York’s upper echelons, where she is invited to live lavishly and party with her patrons until the early hours. She meets many eligible bachelors and rich men; however, she is captivated by Laurence Seldon, a struggling attorney who sees through the glossy superficiality of upper society. She cannot bring herself to marry a man of working class, nor a millionaire whom she does not love. Thus begins her downward spiral into penury…

  • Running Time: 13 h 59 m

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    Digital ISBN:978-1-78198-014-9
    Cat. no.:NA0215
    Download size:302 MB
    Produced by:Rushforth Media
    Edited by:Rushforth Media
    Released:November 2019
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Narrator Laurel Lefkow turns her talents to the narration of Edith Wharton’s best-known novel. Lily Bart believes she is made for the finer things in life, but due to the financial challenges she faces upon losing her parents, she has to use her grace, beauty and charm to climb her way up to New York’s high society. Lily’s morals, however, lead her to sabotage her every attempt to marry into wealth and comfort. Lefkow’s soft, lilting voice guides listeners through the behaviours and expectations of the haves and the have nots featured in this work. She expertly expresses Lily’s frustrations at being so close to a life of wealth and privilege.

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