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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by cassie | 1/24/2014

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

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