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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,835 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Grace Metalious Narrator: Tim O’Connor Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2003 ISBN: 9781415911570
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First published in 1956, Peyton Place uncovers the passions, lies, and cruelties that simmer beneath the surface of a postcard-perfect town. At the center of the novel are three women, each with a secret to hide: Constance MacKenzie, the original desperate housewife; her daughter Allison, whose dreams are stifled by small-town small-mindedness; and Selena Cross, her gypsy-eyed friend from the wrong side of the tracks.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A small-town peep show.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The late Sinclair Lewis would no doubt have hailed Grace Metalious as a sister-in-arms against the false fronts and bourgeois pretentions of allegedly respectable communities, and certified her a public accountant of what goes on in the basements, bedrooms, and back porches of a ‘typical American town.’”

    New York Times

  • “Put attractive, nubile young people in close quarters, and every sort of titillating perversity can ensue, whatever the decade.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • Peyton Place shocked America with its tale of secrets, sex, and hypocrisy in a small New Hampshire town…Saucy, compelling, and surprisingly literary…A crafty, page-turning brew of illicit sex, secret lives, public drunkenness, abortion, incest, and murder…A scandalous phenomenon.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “A rip-roaring good yarn. If the term ‘page turner’ has any complimentary meaning, it applies here…[Grace] Metalious has lasted as a force in American life.”

    Washington Times

  • “The best-selling American novel for close to twenty years…A witheringly accurate portrayal of the hypocrisies, power games, emotional impulses, and cruel repressions of a small town.”

    Independent (London)

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 2/10/2014

    " This book made me love the town I grew up in even more. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shannon Brown | 2/6/2014

    " Not very often do I find a book with very few redeemimg qualities but I have to admit I really did not like this book. I guess I fell for the hype of it being made into a movie and even a soap opera like show on television. I started skimming only a quarter of the way through and even doing that the book just slugged along. The story was so choppy I just could never get into a good flow I definitely will not waste my time on reading the sequel. One visit to Peyton Place is enough for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Traci | 1/30/2014

    " Scandelous page turner about small town New England. You NEVER know what goes on behind closed doors! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 cassie | 1/24/2014

    " It's Babbitt meets All My Children, and I mean that in a good way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Photo Jenny | 1/24/2014

    " For what it is, "Peyton Place" is pretty fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Kayden | 1/22/2014

    " Thought it was amusing that this was a banned book back in the day, as it's so tame compared to what is written now. I loved the intermixed stories of the characters in a small town and the dramas/scandals that fall on them. Not sure if this considered a classic, but it was a great read and I'm looking forward to reading the sequel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 1/20/2014

    " This book seemed so racy when I read it as a teenager. I found it boring this time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 1/16/2014

    " Fabulously scandalous in the fifties, and banned from local libraries, this book about the tawdry secrets of a small town holds up brilliantly five decades later. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lizgcc | 1/1/2014

    " Reminds me of the old black and white series....Loved the nostalgia, Fast read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katrina | 12/23/2013

    " What an exercise in Voyeurism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryne | 12/15/2013

    " This book is the original dirty women's book. Well, maybe not THE original. But probably one of the most famous. I think it starts off great but tapers off toward the end. Maybe when author got to the end, she was "on a drunk," a condition she describes at length in the earlier chapters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 12/14/2013

    " Oh the drama. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 12/11/2013

    " Read this after the movie came out. Don't know which came first, the book or the movie, but at the time was "scandalous"....Oh, boy, the imaginings of a teen-age girl! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Joy | 12/9/2013

    " This is one of those books that I feel deserved the scandal and is exciting to read because it was a banned book. So reading up on the history (wikipedia, anyone?) and/or having a reading guide is really great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rontab | 11/12/2013

    " When I was a teen, I referred to the Guiness Book World of Records to know the fastest selling or most sold book (other than the Bible, Quran, Torah, etc). It yielded this book but I had to scour from the second hand bookshops of Recto Avenue to get a copy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina Dudley | 2/10/2013

    " Never a dull moment in this famous "trashy" book. I'd also say there are few non-sordid moments either. Backyard sex, drunkenness, molestation, carnival mishaps--you name it, this book has it. Reminded me of Pillars of the Earth only in that, after a while, you just wanted it to be over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley | 11/23/2012

    " I know what you're thinking ....but I had to read a book banned in Canada. Found the book and it's companion "Inside Payton Place" in a 2nd hand book store. As a fan of Lana Turner, I have the DVD and as a young girl I watched the TV series with my favorite aunt. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carmen | 11/14/2012

    " A 1940's-style soap opera that is entirely engrossing, full of twists and turns and fun to read while sitting on the bus or waiting for your clothes to dry. Memorable pic of Metalious at her typewriter on the back of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Francie Shoemaker | 10/11/2012

    " It didn't seem as sleazy as it did when I first read it back in 1956. I didn't know much about such things in those days and it all seemed so much like a soap opera then. Now I see it differently. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonja | 6/26/2012

    " I thought this was marvelous when I was a teenager in high school in the 1950s, especially the racy parts. I found a copy of the book in the 1980s and bought it and read it again and wondered, "what ever did I see in this book? It's so tame." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sophie | 5/15/2012

    " a little predictable, and a touch more of a "romance" novel than i normally enjoy. i do appreciate how it would have been so controversial at the time of release given some of the subject matter! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 5/10/2012

    " Highly entertaining with a lot of heart-breaking moments. The author paints an exceptionally vivid picture of small-town New England, which in many ways resembles my conception of small-town Virginia at the time. I enjoyed the many perspectives of different characters, including the town itself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gaynell | 4/26/2012

    " Although this book is tame by today's standards, Mrs. Metalious took on quite a few controversial subjects for the fifties when it was published. I don't think it is a trashy book. It just brought to light subjects that a lot of people in the fifties wanted to pretend didn't happen in their towns. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 4/19/2012

    " I am on page 90 or so--that is how much I got to read yesterday! It is hard for me to put this down. It is kind of like The Jungle and Grapes of Wrath, and I love these old style books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 3/22/2012

    " Love this book- cannot believe after living in NH, it took me this long to read it. Characters are wonderfully developed and plot was engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 10/30/2011

    " Awesome book, loved the drama. Book form of a soap opera. Very scandalous for when it was written, movie doesn't do the book justice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Nelson | 10/17/2011

    " Once I started into this I had a hard time stopping. You care about these characters, and wonder what happens to them after the book ends. With the social issues it addresses, this book could be set in any time period. It really is timeless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marian | 5/10/2011

    " Despite recognizing the flaws in this book, I completely love it! The characters are so vivid, and the pervasive imperfections add wonderful depth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 5/2/2011

    " Actually a re-read, but I had forgotten large chunks of it, so I'm counting it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stevie | 4/26/2011

    " Trashy? As can be. But surprisingly well written? Hell yes. I can't believe it's from the 1950s. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mor | 4/13/2011

    " Un romanzo duro, pieno di scandali e tradimenti.....ma per l'epoca!
    Oggi tutto ciò ci fà sorridere, ma allora.......!
    Un classico da leggere con la mente proiettata nel passato, negli anni 40, in un'epoca dove bastava un niente per gridare "allo scandalo!" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 3/27/2011

    " The first book my book club ever read! It gave us a lot to talk about considering the subject matter, the amount of time which had passed since it's publication and the fact that we live in NH. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 2/19/2011

    " This book seemed so racy when I read it as a teenager. I found it boring this time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ideiosepius | 2/17/2011

    " Mainly notable for the fact that it was socialy shocking when it was first published. "

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