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Sintesi dell'editore

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.
Public Domain (P)1999 Recorded Books

Recensioni editoriali

Family feuds, treachery and deceit ultimately lead to wrongs set right and life renewed. Hawthorne's novel resounds with the literary style of his age. Roslyn Alexander's pleasant voice gives the story an uplifting and positive tone. The text, most of which is narration, benefits from her lighter style of narration. She performs female voices more successfully than male voices, which tend to sound strained. Alexander clearly pronounces words, adds emotional life to the characters and uses pauses and tonal changes to keep the listener interested. Her narration presents an easy way to enjoy this American classic.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
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  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Michael
  • 08/02/2021

Romance and Intrigue

This Nathaniel Hawthorne classic is a timeless romance skillfully narrated by the matronly voice of Roslyn Alexander. Her voice pairs well with the story's matron, Hepzibah Pyncheon, to give the feeling as if she is relating her family history herself. Having actually read this novel in the pre-audiobook era and then tour the house itself in Salem, I found that this "book" brought back great memories. Those who enjoyed Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre and similar romance novels will never be disappointed by this classic.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Linda Peacher
  • 25/09/2021

Breathy narrator

Why must narrators take those quick, audible breaths that ruin the narration. It drives me crazy. Her voice, otherwise, is just fine. I just can’t stand those audible breaths. They should practice reading without doing so or not read at all. I might need to pay for a book if I really want to listen to it. I’ve read the book a few times and it’s one of my favorites so I may just move on and pay for something I haven’t yet read.

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  • Generale
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Sarah
  • 24/03/2022

Wordy Drivel

This book is just wordy, pointless drivel. The guy writes one good book, and everyone thought gos others were good. This is NOT the case here. Don't waste your time.

  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lee
  • 14/12/2021

recommend with qualifications

It's a historically important work in American Literature and so I am glad I listened to it. Provides insight into New England small town life of those times which I found a bonus. The author is able to make the same descriptive points about his characters endlessly. That dates the work and I can believe I am saying this, but an abridged version could exist and thereby appeal better to most modern listeners.

  • Generale
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    1 out of 5 stars
  • LK
  • 29/05/2021

Story is just AWFUL

The superb narrator, Roslyn Alexander, makes an awful story tolerable as I work through my list of Classics to Read. Hawthorne’s characters are stereotypes, his prose flowery, moralizing, and pretentious. His 19th century paternalistic views give us an old “scowling” maid, and a young, beautiful, relative come to save the day. He spends way too much time explaining the impact Phoebe the Pretty has on Clifford the Old (Hepzibah’s brother). Good grief. And Hepzibah is so ugly, Hawthorne explains, Clifford can’t bare to look at her, though she is faithful & constantly loving. *roll eyes*

This story is out-dated & old-fashioned melodrama.

  • Generale
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Rush2112
  • 01/10/2007

Not for Me

I love Poe and Dickens but Hawthorne, not so much. I found it very hard to finish The House of Seven Gables. I love detail but I tend to lose interest when the author goes into detail about details that have little or nothing to do with the original detail. It drove me to distraction. I felt the characters were flat and that I never really got to know them.
I thought the reader did an acceptable job.

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