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The Age of Innocence

Gelesen von Brenda Dayne

(4,693 Sterne; 215 Bewertungen)

In an era before the advent of electric lights, telephones or motor vehicles, there exists a small cluster of aristocratic "old revolutionary stock" families that rule New York's social life. Under the rules of this society, "being things" is better than "doing things" and reputation and outward appearances come at the exclusion of everything else. In this Gilded Age, when America’s expansion and increased industrialism produce a group of newly wealthy robber barons and financiers, the patient, time-honored values of the old ruling class, and century, are giving way to the expediencies of the new. Caught at this cusp, a triangle of lovers, who must choose between the expectations of family and society, and the deepest yearnings of the heart.

Newly engaged couple, Newland Archer, a young lawyer, and May Welland, a society debutante, are part of the old world, where the "right people" follow the "correct rules" and marry into "acceptable families." The arrival from Europe of May’s cousin, the Countess Ellen Olenska, complicates their union, as Ellen’s mysterious past threatens to cast a shadow of scandal over the newly betrothed couple. Newland Archer, at first critical of Ellen's bohemian lifestyle, and her seemingly wilful ignorance of the rules and customs of his Old New York, is soon captivated by Ellen's warmth, spirit, and her generous and loving heart. Will he cast off the life for which he's been groomed, or sacrifice happiness for duty and the greater good of the social order?
(Summary by Brenda Dayne) (12 hr 32 min)

Chapters

Chapter 01

19:13

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Chapter 02

15:24

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Chapter 03

17:28

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Chapter 04

12:56

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Chapter 05

21:47

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Chapter 06

19:20

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Chapter 07

15:03

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Chapter 08

17:39

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Chapter 09

27:41

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Chapter 10

21:51

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Chapter 11

18:29

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Chapter 12

26:49

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Chapter 13

16:17

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Chapter 14

16:39

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Chapter 15

24:22

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Chapter 16

22:02

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Chapter 17

21:23

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Chapter 18

26:46

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Chapter 19

26:32

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Chapter 20

28:01

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Chapter 21

31:26

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Chapter 22

18:50

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Chapter 23

22:24

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Chapter 24

12:59

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Chapter 25

21:31

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Chapter 26

24:58

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Chapter 27

16:51

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Chapter 28

15:15

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Chapter 29

17:33

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Chapter 30

22:15

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Chapter 31

30:43

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Chapter 32

22:17

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Chapter 33

37:40

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Chapter 34

42:08

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Bewertungen

Splendid reading

(5 Sterne)

I am not much a fan of the novel of manners as a genre of literature, but I have to applaud Brenda Dayne's wonderful reading of this book. Her clear, serene voice made me like this novel against my inclinations, and if it were not for the Librivox disclaimers at the beginning, I could have easily mistaken it for a professional recording.

Wonderful

(5 Sterne)

Although a broad reader (both in hip and in library), I have avoided this one because I am not much taken with a swept-away love story. But I think Ms. Dayne could read the Farmer's Almanac and it would be beautiful, compelling, and totally enjoyable. I wish we could search by reader. Thank you Brenda and Librivox. -- mary s

19th Century Social Intruigue

(5 Sterne)

Took 5+ chapters to start showing the tension between societal expectation and the desire for self realisation in American high society. Lots of psychological tension and twists.

(5 Sterne)

Agree that this is the best read book I have encountered on Librivox. And I have listened to many. The novel and reading are superb.

The Age of Innocence

(5 Sterne)

Such a brilliant and beautifully read novel by Brenda Dayne!

Great Reading of a dull subject

(3,5 Sterne)

I find this class of society described by Wharton to be much more interesting when it is pilloried in a murder whodunnit, or outright lampooned by PG Wodehouse. The romantic angst of Byronesque romantic wannabes in these novels of manners aren't that interesting after the first two or maybe three circular arguments between the star-crossed, dissatisfied lovers. I hope the lesson taken by readers is not this: that to keep one's vows one must be a hypocrite: I dare say May Welland is literature's most underrated heroine, even by her own creator. Bottom line, like the countess, I found this society boring, but enjoyed the quality of the recording immensely, a judgement Wharton herself might find ironically appropriate.

Superb Reading of a Beautiful Novel

(5 Sterne)

At first, ornate like the topic and setting of the novel, then more dramatic. Very illuminating look at the New York aristocracy of the 1880's and its demise. Beautifully read. By the middle it had completely swept me away into the world of the novel. The fast forward to the end of his life in Paris with his son is remarkably beautiful and timeless.

brava!

(5 Sterne)

A wonderful book and beautifully read. “The Age of Innocence” is my favorite Wharton but its story is quiet and understated & the wrong delivery could have really screwed it up. Brenda Dayne’s reading is easily the best (for me) reading I’ve come across at LibriVox.