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3.4 out of 53.4 out of 53.4 out of 53.4 out of 53.4 out of 5 3.40 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Wanda McCaddon Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 ISBN: 9781400180790
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A gloomy New England mansion provides the setting for this classic exploration of ancestral guilt and its expiation through the love and goodwill of succeeding generations. Nathaniel Hawthorne drew inspiration for this story of an immorally obtained property from the role his forebears played in the seventeenth-century Salem witch trials. Built over an unquiet grave, the House of the Seven Gables carries a dying man’s curse that blights the lives of its residents for over two centuries. Now Judge Jaffrey Pyncheon, an iron-hearted hypocrite and intellectual heir to the mansion’s unscrupulous founder, is attempting to railroad a pair of his elderly relatives out of the house. Only two young people stand in his way—a visiting country cousin and an enigmatic boarder skilled in mesmerism. Hawthorne envisioned this family drama of evil, revenge, and resolution as a microcosm of Salem’s own history as in idealistic society corrupted by greed and pride. His enduring view of the darkness at the heart of the national soul has made The House of the Seven Gables a landmark of American literature.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katherine | 2/13/2014

    " All that I feel for this particular work can be summed up in one, succinct sentence: I loathed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandra Hestand | 1/6/2014

    " This could have been better than okay if Hawthorne would have just learned to get to the point! Ugh "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Davis | 1/2/2014

    " This is not a weekend quick read. This is a book to read slowly to better absorb the beauty and intricacy of the language. As far as plot, no major twists or roller coaster rides that so many of this era of readers have come to expect. The depth is in the message and the mastery of the words. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caitlin Bender | 12/7/2013

    " Hawthorne's style is rather difficult but he tells a good tale. The tale could have been just as good with fewer pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 12/2/2013

    " I haven't read this book in a long time, but I love Hawthorne's style and it makes me want to go visit the house this fall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine Stephanis | 10/23/2013

    " One heck of a wordy book, but the story is excellent, so I'll forgive the prose for being so very purple. The story wraps up very neatly, too- no loose ends, and nothing forced about the conclusion. Quite a nice little book, if a bit difficult at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexis | 3/16/2013

    " Very interesting book. Wow, what a mind Hawthorne had; it was at times hard to follow, but overall absolutely excellent writing, as it is a classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 1/8/2013

    " There is a portion of this book, about 4 pages, in which the description of a room where a dead man is sitting in a chair.......I was terrified! What a writer! Excellent Book! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Meg | 1/1/2013

    " This book was so tedious that I forgot I hadn't marked it finished. As usual, Hawthorne takes a great plot and fills it with such distracting detail that the plot is lost. My second attempt at becoming a Hawthorne fan and I am left thinking please never torture me again! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lora Elisabeth | 5/30/2012

    " Got tired of waiting for anything even remotely interesting to happen, so I gave up after around 100 pages. "

  • 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.

About the Narrator

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.