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The Age of Innocence (Librovox)

Edith Wharton

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Genres:

Romance

Description:

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)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

12h 33m


Chapters

Free Sample

01:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

19:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

15:25


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

17:29


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

12:57


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

21:48


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

19:21


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

15:04


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

17:40


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

27:41


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

21:52


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

18:30


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

26:50


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

16:18


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

16:40


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

24:23


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

22:03


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

21:24


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

26:47


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

26:33


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

28:02


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

31:27


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

18:51


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

22:25


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

13:00


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

21:32


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

24:59


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

16:52


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

15:16


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

17:34


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

22:16


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

30:44


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

22:18


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

37:41


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

42:09