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3.14 out of 53.14 out of 53.14 out of 53.14 out of 53.14 out of 5 3.14 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne Narrator: Roslyn Alexander Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 1999 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

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

    " Difficult to get into the Hawthorne's style of writing. He described everything in incredible detail. Once I got into the story, I enjoyed it. As dark as the story is, he has some humor in it which, because of the writing, which I had to reread to catch. He is pretty funny, believe it or not! Worth the effort! Might even read more of his. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Billie | 1/5/2014

    " I can now say I read it. I can also say it was probably one of the hardest books (thankfully short) I have ever read. I just did not see much of a story because there really didn't seem to be a point or conclusion. The writing/reading doesn't flow easily. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne Thessen | 1/4/2014

    " This book has some frightening moments, but the end was a let down. Definitely not Hawthorne's best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 The Big | 1/2/2014

    " Good story with an interesting historical background. But be aware, this book was written in mid 1800's and reads like it. It is a slow read, and the language is archaic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trudy | 12/9/2013

    " From the 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valorie | 12/6/2013

    " Finished this on the way back from Boston (with a short Salem House of the Seven Gables trip). Ah, the classic - gotta love 'em. Even if laborious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathaniel | 12/5/2013

    " It seems pretty popular to hate Hawthorne, but I liked this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 D Stratton | 11/29/2013

    " This book, although a classic, was very slow moving and very difficult to read. I found myself reading paragraphs more than once to understand!! And I consider myself pretty intelligent! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mckenzie | 10/25/2013

    " I was watching a show on the Salem Witch Trials on the Discovery channel one day and they mentioned this book. I decided that I would read it, since Mom had an old copy. It turns out to be a pretty good book, given it took a while to get into. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trish Little | 8/30/2013

    " An amazing novel! Much better than The Scarlet Letter! The chapter entitled "Governor Pyncheon" is perhaps the greatest written chapter in literature! It really is that good! This is classic Hawthorne with its gothic style and dark story. If you can only read one Hawthorne, this is the one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail | 7/25/2013

    " reread this book, it is a great October read...it is much more comical, especially Cousin Hepzibah, than I remember from reading it as a youth. I remember this being a really scary, dark book with a sad ending---rereading it now, I found it to be a pretty funny book with a very apt ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 5/19/2013

    " Not as good as the Scarlet Letter, but an entertaining read with a very slight haunting element to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mjsmout | 3/9/2013

    " A good story, but a little wordy for my taste. Hawthorne does like to use his big words and explain every detail. If he would only do it in conversation it would be more interesting. I also found a great many errors in proofreading. Don't publishers or editors proofread any more? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lemar | 12/2/2012

    " A terrific novel with a theme of how the past restricts and directs our lives from the buildings we inhabit and the words we use and our struggle to break free. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 11/5/2012

    " I don't know why I avoided reading this for so long. It was a pleasure to cross stitch and listen to this Romantic ("Big R") novel filled with interesting characters struggling with secrets and idiosyncrasies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 felisa | 6/2/2012

    " I started this book this morning. I "read" it in school, but never finished it; it always seems to put me to sleep, I think because of his complex narrative and in-depth descriptions--I don't have a great attention span. I'll consider this my chance to develop it. We'll see how far I get. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tatorstevie | 3/2/2012

    " It seemed a bit ominous in style for the plot...it seemed like it was going to be a great murder mystery or something...then practically nothing...but I have fun reading it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin | 12/31/2011

    " More description than actual story. This is definitely my least favorite from this author...if I had another child, I might be tempted to name her "Hepzibah." Yikes! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Genius | 9/19/2011

    " I read the first chapter and I could not take it. I found it very boring and dry "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sharon | 8/19/2011

    " Sadly, I stopped this book before even finishing it. I had been trying to read it for a long time and it just wasn't getting anywhere. It spent too much time talking about the surroundings and not getting anywhere in a plt. I didn't have the patience for it right now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 5/19/2011

    " I read the Kindle edition, Hawthorne's House of the Seven Gables (bargain edition typeset for the Kindle) Dec 2008. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. I liked the old fashioned English. The story was a real page turner, I couldn't wait to get back to the story every time I had to stop. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David | 5/17/2011

    " I've tried reading this about eighteen times. Still haven't finished it. My wife says that this is her history teacher's favorite book of all time. Her second favorite book? Probably something equally dull. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 5/11/2011

    " Solid 3 1/2 - 4 stars.
    Loads of description and not as haunting as I would have liked, but still really good.
    Extremely, extremely well written though a bit heavy handed.
    I feel smarter after reading it :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bekah | 4/14/2011

    " I had to read this for school, and surprisingly enough it wasn't terrible! The descriptions were interesting and the style of the narration made it interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 3/31/2011

    " Almost done with this - so good, and either I've forgotten or I've never read it before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 3/29/2011

    " Another great story by Hawthorne, full of Gothic elements and all types of social commentary. The only reason this one isn't getting a 5 star rating is that the ending was weak and appeared to negate the overall societal themes of the novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda K | 3/25/2011

    " Full of ominous settings, descriptive characters and mysterious occurances, this story was not at all what I thought it might be. Although I thought it to have witchcraft in the 1800s New England as it's theme, it was so much more than that. And, the ending was quite satisfying. A good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reginashouse | 3/22/2011

    " Loved it! The Great American Novel! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 3/19/2011

    " I should read this again, its been since high school and next week we are touring the house near Boston. In HS I thought it was boring, but I was pretty young at the time, maybe it aged better or maybe I did. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diane | 3/18/2011

    " A classic, I am told. I read it in HS and reread because we went to the house on vacation last year.
    Rereading did not make it any more interesting that I remember from years. ago. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bonnie | 3/1/2011

    " Hmm, not my favorite, although I want to head down to Salem and tour the house now! "

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About the Author
Author Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804–1864) was born in Salem, Massachusetts, and made his ambition to be a writer while still a teenager. He graduated from Bowdoin College in Maine, where the poet Longfellow was also a student, and spent several years traveling in New England and writing short stories before his best known novel, The Scarlet Letter, was published in 1850. His writing was not at first financially rewarding, and he worked as measurer and surveyor in the Boston and Salem Custom Houses. In 1853 he was sent to Liverpool as American consul and then lived in Italy before returning to the United States in 1860, where he died in his sleep four years later.