The Custom of the Country (version 2)


Read by Elizabeth Klett

(4.6 stars; 123 reviews)

Edith Wharton's 1913 novel is a devastating critique of American upward mobility, told through the journey of Undine Spragg from fictional Midwestern Apex City to New York to Paris. Undine is determined to acquire money and position through marriage, even if it means multiple divorces. - Summary by Elizabeth Klett (14 hr 15 min)

Chapters

Chapter 1 22:42 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 2 20:33 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 3 12:23 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 4 29:09 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 5 21:35 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 6 15:01 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 7 18:08 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 8 15:35 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 9 17:37 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 10 25:34 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 11 24:33 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 12 26:04 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 13 21:08 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 14 24:44 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 15 26:17 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 16 20:34 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 17 18:44 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 18 35:05 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 19 13:34 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 20 29:46 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 21 31:33 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 22 14:37 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 23 12:58 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 24 23:24 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 25 12:11 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 26 20:46 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 27 13:01 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 28 11:06 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 29 16:23 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 30 12:23 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 31 14:07 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 32 13:43 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 33 9:46 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 34 10:27 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 35 20:57 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 36 8:16 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 37 17:43 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 38 20:25 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 39 18:11 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 40 16:02 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 41 15:49 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 42 11:46 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 43 14:02 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 44 15:47 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 45 13:59 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 46 27:06 Read by Elizabeth Klett

Reviews

Loved to Hate


(4.5 stars)

Loved Elizabeth Klett's reading while busy hating Undine.

psycho b-word women is not a new phenomenon


(5 stars)

Destructive, weak, conniving, and /or passive women are the bane of so many people's existence. Every version is on display in this story. As well as a few (very few) good ones. Amazingly well read. Very sad the main character didn't die a terrible death.

It just AINT right....


(5 stars)

The satisfaction of no satisfaction, lol!

Brava!


(5 stars)

Edith Wharton has never been a favourite of mine. The Age of Innocence left me flat and i couldn't even finish the House of Mirth. So I approached this one with skepticism and was ready to dump it after a chapter. Was I in for a surprize! This is a griping and insightful critique of upper middle class American culture at the turn of the 19th century. I won't give it away but the story reveals how the "custom of the country" created a certain kind of woman and the inevitable outcome. The protagonist is far from likable and yet we stick with her to the end-- which is quite brilliant in itself. As always, Elizabeth Klett does a wonderful job of narration. Tone, pace, everything is spot on. Well done Elizabeth and thank you for making me look twice at this great author. Surely one of the great American novels. TheBookworm (Manchester, UK)

Excellent, mannered and erudite


(5 stars)

Elizabeth Klatt gives a fine reading, as usual, very appropriate for the work. It's a cutting story about an ambitious, yet shallow woman, as she cuts her way through the men of America and Europe, always seeking something better, never satisfied. Undine has no scruples and not a single unselfish bone in her body. She's calculating, coniving and willing to use all her natural tallents and weapons at her disposal to achieve any objective she desires in her continual quest to have all that she wants from life.


(5 stars)

First, wonderful job by the literary dream team, Wharton and Klett! Second, I was irate every minute of this book. I'm truly glad that I don't know anyone named Undine because I don't think I could stand to talk to them until I cool down. I can't remember any character I have hated so passionately as Undine.


(4 stars)

A very good reading and pleasurable to listen to: The reader handles Wharton’s language very well including the many foreign names, places, titles etc. A vast improvement over version 1 - which has many different readers, many of whom are very poor.

Mr. Spragg. ill equipped to tame his shrews.


(4 stars)

Undine's in dire need of a lass wupping. Elizabeth Klett's narration makes a mediocre or bad book better, and a good read GREAT 👌