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The Age of Innocence

Autor: Edith Wharton
Sprecher: David Horovitch
Spieldauer: 12 Std. und 5 Min.
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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. With their love intensifying where does Archer's ultimate loyalty lie?

Wharton's audiobook is a love story that accurately portrays upper-class New York society in the late 19th century due to her insider's view of America's privileged classes. Having grown up in upper-class society, Wharton ended up becoming one of its most shrewd critics. Her depiction of the snobbery and hypocrisy of the wealthy elite, combined with her subtle use of dramatic irony, propelled The Age of Innocence to the position of an instant classic, winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1921 and making Wharton the first woman to win the prize.

Narrator Biography

Having studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, David Horovitch has had a television career spanning over 40 years. One of his most notable roles was in 1984 as Detective Inspector Slack in the first BBC Miss Marple adaptation The Body in the Library. Due to the success of his character, he returned for four Christmas specials. He has had roles in other shows such as Just William (1994), Foyle's War (2002) and Wire in the Blood (2005) as well as film appearances in The Young Victoria (2009), 102 Dalmatians (2000) The Infiltrator (2016) and Mike Leigh's Mr Turner (2014). A long time star of the stage, in 2015 he played the role of George Frideric Handel in All the Angels by Nick Drake at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. As well as narrating numerous audiobooks, David Horovitch also appeared in Audible's multicast drama The Oedipus Plays.

Public Domain (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Sehr schöner Roman, sehr gut vorgelesen

Ich habe zunächst den Roman auf deutsch gelesen und anschließend als englisches Hörbuch gehört. Im Roman bezaubert mich auch in der Wiederholung die Welt des Protagonisten sowie der Personen um ihn herum. Der Roman kommt mir vor wie ein Jane-Austen-Roman Teil 2: ich erfahre hier, wie der nach dem Höhepunkt (Hochzeit) weiter geht (was bei Jane Austen fehlt). Ich finde die Geschichte sehr stimmig und den Schluss sehr bewegend.

Aus den verschiedenen "Vertonungen" habe ich mir die längste herausgesucht und hatte damit großes Glück. Das Lesetempo von David Horovitz entspricht meiner Meinung nach sehr gut dem Lebenstempo des Protagonisten. Die Personen fand ich gut unterscheidbar.

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Sad and beautiful

I love the story and it is told here very well and emotional so you can feel the whole weight.