The Custom of the Country

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Edith Wharton

Narrated By: Grace Conlin

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: September 2009

Duration: 14 hours 30 minutes


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. When her family acquires a small fortune, they leave America’s heartland and head east. As Undine climbs the social ladder through a series of marriages and affairs, she shows little concern for who she has to step on to get anything and everything she desires. Her rise to the top of New York’s elite society—before moving on to conquer Paris as well—provides a poignant and scathing commentary on the unquenchable ambitions of America’s nouveau riche.

“Of all Edith Wharton’s novels, The Custom of the Country is my absolute favorite…Grace Conlin’s reading of Blackstone’s unabridged version is splendid, her voice fruity, elegant and utterly ruthless.” —Forbes


Custom of the Country

by Edith Wharton

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Custom of the Country, Edith Wharton