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The Gilded Age, A Tale of Today

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(4,25 Sterne; 4 Bewertungen)

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

Bewertungen

Sad and Satirical

(5 Sterne)

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.

great book

(5 Sterne)

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