The Gilded Age, A Tale of Today


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(4 stars; 3 reviews)

The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today is an 1873 novel by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner that satirizes greed and political corruption in post-Civil War America. The term gilded age, commonly given to the era, comes from the title of this book. Twain and Warner got the name from Shakespeare's King John (1595): "To gild refined gold, to paint the lily... is wasteful and ridiculous excess." Gilding a lily, which is already beautiful and not in need of further adornment, is excessive and wasteful, characteristics of the age Twain and Warner wrote about in their novel. Another interpretation of the title, of course, is the contrast between an ideal "Golden Age," and a less worthy "Gilded Age," as gilding is only a thin layer of gold over baser metal, so the title now takes on a pejorative meaning as to the novel's time, events and people.

Although not one of Twain's more well-known works, it has appeared in more than 100 editions since its original publication in 1873. Twain and Warner originally had planned to issue the novel with illustrations by Thomas Nast. The book is remarkable for two reasons–-it is the only novel Twain wrote with a collaborator, and its title very quickly became synonymous with graft, materialism, and corruption in public life. (Description by Wikipedia)

(17 hr 8 min)

Chapters

00 - Preface 3:04 Read by TriciaG
01 - Chapter 1 22:38 Read by TriciaG
02 - Chapter 2 7:54 Read by David Dwight
03 - Chapter 3 9:51 Read by David Dwight
04 - Chapter 4 22:30 Read by Charles RUHE
05 - Chapter 5 20:06 Read by Richard Kilmer
06 - Chapter 6 24:31 Read by Richard Kilmer
07 - Chapter 7 16:43 Read by Richard Kilmer
08 - Chapter 8 18:52 Read by Charles RUHE
09 - Chapter 9 13:00 Read by Charles RUHE
10 - Chapter 10 18:51 Read by Charles RUHE
11 - Chapter 11 13:27 Read by Charles RUHE
12 - Chapter 12 16:50 Read by airandwaters
13 - Chapter 13 19:05 Read by airandwaters
14 - Chapter 14 14:11 Read by airandwaters
15 - Chapter 15 18:43 Read by airandwaters
16 - Chapter 16 16:15 Read by samohtar
17 - Chapter 17 17:59 Read by Dee Wykoff
18 - Chapter 18 18:17 Read by John Kooz
19 - Chapter 19 17:11 Read by Michael Reuss
20 - Chapter 20 14:55 Read by Nicole Kay
21 - Chapter 21 15:23 Read by TriciaG
22 - Chapter 22 19:37 Read by TriciaG
23 - Chapter 23 6:15 Read by Richard Kilmer
24 - Chapter 24 16:25 Read by Richard Wallis
25 - Chapter 25 9:43 Read by Richard Wallis
26 - Chapter 26 15:13 Read by Richard Wallis
27 - Chapter 27 13:30 Read by Dee Wykoff
28 - Chapter 28 22:09 Read by Piper Hayes
29 - Chapter 29 16:20 Read by Floyd Wilde
30 - Chapter 30 6:56 Read by Richard Kilmer
31 - Chapter 31 19:53 Read by TriciaG
32 - Chapter 32 12:45 Read by Jillian T. Weiss
33 - Chapter 33 38:42 Read by Richard Kilmer
34 - Chapter 34 11:52 Read by Richard Kilmer
35 - Chapter 35 11:33 Read by Richard Wallis
36 - Chapter 36 9:07 Read by Richard Wallis
37 - Chapter 37 6:55 Read by Richard Wallis
38 - Chapter 38 17:39 Read by wvthcomp
39 - Chapter 39 12:48 Read by wvthcomp
40 - Chapter 40 14:21 Read by Piper Hayes
41 - Chapter 41 17:47 Read by Piper Hayes
42 - Chapter 42 33:46 Read by Piper Hayes
43 - Chapter 43 11:47 Read by Kenneth Sergeant Gaghan
44 - Chapter 44 16:06 Read by Kenneth Sergeant Gaghan
45 - Chapter 45 25:12 Read by Tom Lennon
46 - Chapter 46 21:04 Read by Tom Lennon
47 - Chapter 47 15:22 Read by Richard Kilmer
48 - Chapter 48 15:16 Read by Richard Kilmer
49 - Chapter 49 16:14 Read by Michael Reuss
50 - Chapter 50 16:58 Read by Kalynda
51 - Chapter 51 12:57 Read by Kalynda
52 - Chapter 52 3:53 Read by Lisa Meyers
53 - Chapter 53 11:51 Read by Lisa Meyers
54 - Chapter 54 20:00 Read by Dee Wykoff
55 - Chapter 55 18:09 Read by Michael Reuss
56 - Chapter 56 17:17 Read by Michael Reuss
57 - Chapter 57 13:43 Read by jennm
58 - Chapter 58 17:15 Read by TriciaG
59 - Chapter 59 26:09 Read by Piper Hayes
60 - Chapter 60 16:22 Read by Michael Reuss
61 - Chapter 61 13:13 Read by Michael Reuss
62 - Chapter 62 11:16 Read by Michael Reuss
63 - Chapter 63 14:43 Read by Michael Reuss

Reviews

great book

(5 stars)

this is a must read book.. reading was great there where some readers whom where having hard time reading but over all great reading

Sad and Satirical

(5 stars)

I found it sad how the main characters run after quick wealth and get-rich-quick type schemes instead of earning a living through honest work. The possibility of wealth through a lucky investment drives the characters into poverty. Add to that the ridiculous corruption and cronyism of Washington, and you've got the classic Twain style of satire and pathos in this novel. Highly recommended. Readers were generally good; there were no sections I wanted to turn off and read on my own. :) Technical quality of the recordings is decent; some light but not obtrusive background noise, no major plosives or sibilants, no severe fluctuations of volume.