The House of the Seven Gables

  • Author Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Narrator Anthony Heald
  • Run Time 11 hours and 7 minutes
  • Format Audio
  • Genre Classic fiction.

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What to expect

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.”

Critics Review

  • “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.”

  • “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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