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Extended Audio Sample The House of Seven Gables (Unabridged), by Nathaniel Hawthorne
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14,411 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne Narrator: Roslyn Alexander Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The House of the Seven Gables is a fixture in Salem - and seemingly fixed in time. As the ancestral home of the Pyncheon family, its current mistress is Hepzibah Pyncheon, who has retreated behind a wall of false gentility. But into these dreary surroundings comes Phoebe, a country cousin whose youthful energy and sense of romance bring renewed life to the family. Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ethan | 2/10/2014

    " Very, very slow-paced, and Hawthorne pretty much telegraphs everything that's going to happen far in advance. The characters (especially Phoebe) seem more like stock figures than fully realized characters. But towards the end it suddenly gets very interesting during a chapter when Clifford goes on a rant about the impact that transportation and communications technology will have on the world and the human spirit, and it seemed weirdly relevant to the present. I'd give Chapter 17 five stars just for being genuinely surprising and unexpectedly prophetic. It's like Hawthorne was writing about the internet. Weird. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Shelly | 2/1/2014

    " I started reading this after taking the tour of the actual house in Salem, Massachusetts that sparked the writing of the book. It didn't hold my interest, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lucas | 1/28/2014

    " The way that this book is written makes it a difficult read, but I enjoyed the extra work I had to put into it. I just didn't think that the story was that amazing. It just did not move me and the ending was anticlimatic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Raelene | 1/20/2014

    " I love Hawthorne, but this novel, for all its "home-loveliness" (so said Hawthorne's wife Sophia), is simply not as brilliant or captivating as The Scarlet Letter. One critic said its characters were pictures, or portraits rather than real beings, not an unimportant characterization wherein daguerrotypy plays such an important role, but nonetheless true. Each chapter is more of a sketch, and the novel as a whole doesn't have a full and cohesive plot. It's themes (and even peripheral implications and inclusions) are undoubtedly important and certainly owerfully drawn but the whole does lack the power of Hawthorne's previous work. "

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