The House of the Seven Gables

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Anthony Heald (Narrator)

02-01-08

11hrs 7min

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02-01-08

11hrs 7min

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Classics

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“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

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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“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

“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 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

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Language English
Release Day Jan 31, 2008
Release Date February 1, 2008
Release Date Machine 1201824000
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Craig Black
Categories Classics, Literature & Fiction, Classics, Literature & Fiction
Author Bio
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804–1864) is considered to be one of the greatest American authors of the nineteenth century. He 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.

Narrator Bio
Anthony Heald

Anthony Heald, an Audie Award–winning narrator, has earned Tony nominations and an Obie Award for his theater work; appeared in television’s Law & Order, The X-Files, Miami Vice, and Boston Public; and starred as Dr. Frederick Chilton in the 1991 Oscar-winning film The Silence of the Lambs. He has also won numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards for his narrations.

Overview

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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