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3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5 3.50 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne Narrator: Anthony Heald Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In a sleepy little New England village stands a dark, weather-beaten, many-gabled house. This brooding mansion is haunted by a centuries-old curse that casts the shadow of ancestral sin upon the last four members of the distinctive Pyncheon family of Salem.

The greed and haughty pride of the Pyncheon family through the generations is mirrored in the gloomy decay of their seven-gabled mansion, where the family’s enfeebled and impoverished relations now live. Mysterious deaths threaten the living. Musty documents nestle behind hidden panels carrying the secret of the family’s salvation—or its downfall.

A brilliant intertwining of the popular, the symbolic, and the historical, Hawthorne’s Gothic Romance is a powerful exploration of personal and national guilt, a work that Henry James declared “the closest approach we are likely to have to the Great American Novel.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A large and generous production, pervaded with that vague hum, that indefinable echo, of the whole multitudinous life of man, which is the real sign of a great work of fiction.”

    Henry James

  • “The greed and arrogant pride of the novel’s Pyncheon family through the generations is mirrored in the gloomy decay of their seven-gabled mansion.”

    Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature

  • “Hawthorne’s tale of ancestral retribution and an unsettled home comes to life with Anthony Heald’s rendition…With his crisp enunciation and slightly raspy timbre, Heald tackles the more interesting scenes with consistency and energy, improving one’s overall experience of this classic work.”

    AudioFile

  • “Hawthorne’s tale about the brooding hold of the past over the present is a complex one, twisting and turning its way back through many generations of a venerable New England family.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Frank Taranto | 2/14/2014

    " An interesting hisory of one family and their house. Not as interesting as the Scarlett letter , but Hawthorne shows New England well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ariel | 2/13/2014

    " So the language is historically stilted and difficult to get through, but I was SO terrified by the last chapter or so. Maybe it was circumstances, I don't know. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kiki | 2/8/2014

    " Reading this classic literally took me months to get through it! Hawthorne's style of writing in verbose and heavy handed, but given total concentration is very descriptive. i usually read contemporary books like this one, leaning towards character development, rather than plot development, but in this case, this is am extreme example of that kind of novel. Plot development is plodding and takes 95% of the book to reach the climax. However, the clever plot twist at the end does produce what I'm sure was Hawthorne's desired intent--a big surprise. I'm thinking of revisiting Hawthorne's The Scarlet letter...next year! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Barb Bailey | 2/7/2014

    " Read it, been there, done that....not a real impressive book. "

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