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    • The Age of Innocence

    • By: Edith Wharton
    • Narrated by: David Horovitch
    • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 174
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 125

    Countess Ellen Olenska, separated from her European husband, returns to old New York society. She bears with her an independence and an awareness of life which stirs the educated sensitivity of the charming Newland Archer, engaged to be married to her cousin, May Welland. Though he accepts the society's standards and rules he is acutely aware of their limitations. He knows May will assure him a conventional future but Ellen, scandalously separated from her husband, forces Archer to question his values and beliefs.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Most enjoyable

    • By Maureen on 25-05-10

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Fear

    • By: Roald Dahl - editor, Cynthia Asquith, Mary Treadgold, and others
    • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Tom Felton, and others
    • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 33

    Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Fear collected by Roald Dahl, read by Julian Rhind-Tutt, Kevin Eldon, Tom Felton and Rory Kinnear. An audio collection of deliciously dark ghost stories for adults, picked by Roald Dahl himself. Do you enjoy being scared? Featuring 14 classic spine-chilling stories chosen by Roald Dahl, these terrible tales of ghostly goings-on will have you shivering with fear as you listen.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Goosebumps<br />

    • By Barbara on 02-01-18

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Age of Innocence

    • By: Edith Wharton
    • Narrated by: Claire Walsh
    • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
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    "The Age of Innocence" is Edith Wharton's masterful portrait of desire and betrayal during the sumptuous Golden Age of Old New York, a time when society people "dreaded scandal more than disease". This is Newland Archer's world as he prepares to marry the beautiful but conventional May Welland. But when the mysterious Countess Ellen Olenska returns to New York after a disastrous marriage, Archer falls deeply in love with her. Torn between duty and passion, Archer struggles to make a decision that will either courageously define his life - or mercilessly destroy it.

    Regular price: £0.89

    • The House of Mirth

    • By: Edith Wharton
    • Narrated by: Eleanor Bron
    • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 109
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75

    Beautiful, sophisticated and endlessly ambitious Lily Bart endeavours to climb the social ladder of New York's elite by securing a good match and living beyond her means. Now nearing 30 years of age and having rejected several proposals, forever in the hope of finding someone better, her future prospects are threatened. A damning commentary of 20th-century social order, Edith Wharton's tale established her as one of the greatest British novelists of the 1900s.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Beautifully done.

    • By Philip on 26-06-13

    Regular price: £19.69

    • The House of Mirth

    • By: Edith Wharton
    • Narrated by: Emma Messenger
    • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Ahead of its Time

    • By Clavs on 22-06-17

    Regular price: £1.39

    • HorrorBabble's Classic Horror: Volume 1

    • By: Edgar Allan Poe, Ambrose Bierce, Mark Twain, and others
    • Narrated by: Ian Gordon, Jennifer Gill
    • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 36

    Ten extraordinary tales of terror, penned by the prolific horror masters of old, from Lovecraft's relentless "Rats in the Walls" and the view from Saki's "Open Window", to the guilt of Poe's "Tell-Tale Heart" and the ghostly musings on greed of Wharton's "Afterward".

    Regular price: £14.49

    • The Age of Innocence

    • By: Edith Wharton
    • Narrated by: Alan Munro
    • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      2.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Newland Archer, gentleman lawyer and heir to one of New York City's best families, is happily anticipating a highly desirable marriage to the sheltered and beautiful May Welland. Yet he finds reason to doubt his choice of bride after the appearance of Countess Ellen Olenska, May's exotic, beautiful 30-year-old cousin who has been living in Europe.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • The Age of Innocence

    • By Susan Whitehead on 22-01-16

    Regular price: £1.39

    • The Age of Innocence

    • By: Edith Wharton
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
    • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Edith Wharton became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction with this 1920 novel about Old New York society. Newland Archer is wealthy, well-bred, and engaged to the beautiful May Welland. But he finds himself drawn to May's cousin Ellen Olenska, who has been living in Europe and who has returned following a scandalous separation from her husband.

    Regular price: £8.69

    • Age of Innocence (Dramatised)

    • By: Edith Wharton, Jane Rogers (dramatisation)
    • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott, Susanne Bertish
    • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    A full-cast dramatisation of Edith Wharton's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a passionate love affair which breaks all the rules of the restrictive high society of 1870s New York.In the exclusive world of upper-class New York, in which attendance at balls and dinner passes for occupation, Newland Archer anticipates his marriage to May Welland, a beautiful young girl from a suitable family ‘who knows nothing and expects everything’.

    Regular price: £10.00

    • Best of Women's Short Stories, Volume 3

    • By: Katherine Mansfield, Louisa M. Alcott, Edith Wharton
    • Narrated by: Rosalind Ayres, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Juliet Stevenson, and others
    • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    This collection brings together stories by Edith Wharton, Katherine Mansfield, Wilkie Collins and Marcel Proust, with forays into the supernatural and the comedic by Sabine Baring-Gould and Saki. Be them funny or moving, all stories are beautifully read by Harriet Walter (Atonement, Netflix’s The Crown), Juliet Stevenson (Bend it Like Beckham, The Enfield Haunting), Barbara Leigh-Hunt (Pride and Prejudice, Billy Elliot) and Rosalind Ayres (Titanic, Outnumbered). 

    Regular price: £10.99

    • The Age of Innocence

    • By: Edith Wharton
    • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
    • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    The Age of Innocence is a powerful depiction of love and desire in New York's glamorous Gilded Age. When Newland Archer, happily engaged to May Welland, meets his fiancée's cousin Ellen, his entire future is cast into doubt: strong-willed, witty, and entirely unpretentious, Ellen is unlike any woman he has ever met. He is torn between his infatuation for her and his duty to marry May. In subtle and elegant language, Wharton delivers a critical look at the social mores of the time.

    Regular price: £27.19

    • Great Supernatural Stories

    • By: Ambrose Bierce, Wilkie Collins, H. G. Wells, and others
    • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
    • Length: 20 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    A bumper collection of classic ghost stories and strange supernatural tales.

    Regular price: £79.99

    • The Custom of the Country

    • By: Edith Wharton
    • Narrated by: Grace Conlin
    • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    One of Edith Wharton's most acclaimed works, The Custom of the Country is a blistering indictment of materialism, power, and misplaced values. Its heroine, Undine Spragg, is one of the most ruthless characters in all of literature, as selfishly unscrupulous as she is fiercely beautiful. As she climbs the class ladder through a series of marriages and affairs, she shows little concern for who she has to step on.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Subtly but Extraordinarily Insightful

    • By Beverley on 13-12-13

    Regular price: £23.69

    • Ethan Frome

    • By: Edith Wharton
    • Narrated by: Nathan Osgood
    • Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Ethan Frome works his unproductive farm and struggles to maintain a bearable existence with his difficult, suspicious, and hypochondriac wife, Zeena. But when Zeena’s vivacious cousin enters their household as a "hired girl", Ethan finds himself obsessed with her and with the possibilities for happiness she comes to represent. In one of American fiction’s finest and most intense narratives, Edith Wharton moves this ill-starred trio towards their tragic destinies. Part of a series of vintage recordings taken from the Penguin Archives. Affordable, collectable, quality productions - perfect for on-the-go listening.

    Regular price: £18.00

    • Summer

    • By: Edith Wharton
    • Narrated by: Lyssa Browne
    • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Summer, set in New England, is a novel by Edith Wharton, published in 1917. The novel details the sexual awakening of its protagonist, 18-year-old, Charity Royall, and her cruel treatment by the father of her child. Only moderately well-received when originally published, Summer, has had a resurgence in critical popularity since the 1960s.

    Regular price: £6.59

    • Ethan Frome

    • By: Edith Wharton
    • Narrated by: Bob Neufeld
    • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Ethan Frome is a book published in 1911 by the Pulitzer Prize-winning American author Edith Wharton. It is set in the fictitious town of Starkfield, Massachusetts. The novel was adapted into a film, Ethan Frome, in 1993. 

    Regular price: £13.79

    • The Age Of Innocence

    • By: Edith Wharton
    • Narrated by: Mary Sarah
    • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    Wharton’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel set in upper class New York City. Newland Archer, gentleman lawyer and heir to one of New York City's best families, is happily anticipating a highly desirable marriage to the sheltered and beautiful May Welland. Yet he finds reason to doubt his choice of bride after the appearance of Countess Ellen Olenska, May's exotic, beautiful 30-year-old cousin, who has been living in Europe. This novel won the first ever Pulitzer awarded to a woman.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • great book but terrible narration

    • By Curran on 18-07-18

    Regular price: £1.39

    • Summer

    • By: Edith Wharton
    • Narrated by: Chloe Boyle
    • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    The story is one of only two novels by Wharton to be set in New England. The novel details the sexual awakening of its protagonist, Charity Royal, and shares many plot similarities with Wharton's better known novel, "Ethan Frome". Only moderately well-received when originally published, "Summer" has had a resurgence in critical popularity since the 1960's.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wharton's "Hot" Ethan Frome

    • By Dr E C M Williamson on 13-02-19

    Regular price: £0.89

    • The Custom of the Country

    • By: Edith Wharton
    • Narrated by: Lorna Raver
    • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    From New York to Europe, the apartments of the nouveau riche to ancient French estates, Edith Wharton tells the story of Undine Spragg, a girl from a Midwestern town with unquenchable social aspirations. Though Undine is narcissistic, pampered, and incredibly selfish, she is a beguiling heroine whose marital initiation into New York high society from its trade-wealthy fringes is only the beginning of her relentless ambitions.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fabulous!

    • By AJ1906 on 08-11-17

    Regular price: £24.39

    • Ghosts: Edith Wharton's Gothic Tales

    • By: Edith Wharton
    • Narrated by: Alison Larkin, Jonathan Epstein, Corinna May, and others
    • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    Beneath the brilliance that was behind The Age of Innocence and Ethan Frome was a dark side. A dark side which produced magnificent tales of the unseen influences in our lives, such as "Mr. Jones", "The Eyes", "Kerfol", "The Ladie's Maid's Bell", and "The Looking Glass".

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good Halloween Read

    • By Yoshay on 09-11-16

    Regular price: £19.69

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