When it was first erected, the House of Seven Gables typified the mechanical Colonel Pyncheon; but it developed through the years until, by Hepzibah's time, it has become humanized and almost organic. The history of the house is thus a record of continuity and change. Hawthorne's The House of the Seven Gables is a study of guilt and renewal from generation to generation. At the time of the Salem witch trials, the patriarch of the Pyncheons covets the property of a tradesman and manipulates public opinion so as to get Matthew Maule hanged for witchcraft and acquire the land. The dying man's curse on the Pyncheon family comes true generation upon generation and relationships between the families are colored forever by this "original sin." That is, until six generations later when the long-hidden truth is revealed.The House of the Seven Gables is Hawthorne's most humorous novel, it is also the work in which he is most serious in his devotion to the powers of beauty and imagination and his hatred of economic materialism and Philistinism. Read by Buck Schirner. 10 CD's. 11 hours. Unabridged.
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Review 1 for House of Seven Gables - audiobook on CD
Reader not always understandable
Date:January 17, 2011
The story is a classic and I recommend the story to anyone interested in a classic read. However, the reader is another matter. He sounds nasally or like his cheeks are full of food like how a squirrel fills its' mouth pockets with food. After spending time to read reviews on readers of this classic I am disappointed by this selection. He is difficult to understand, at times, and inconsistent in his volume and tone. Getting used to his style is probably going to take getting through over half the CDs!
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Review 2 for House of Seven Gables - audiobook on CD
Date:February 6, 2009
I'm only half way through listening to this but I think it's one of those I'll listen to over and over. The reader does an excellent job of capturing each character and reading clearly and concisely. Getting past the introduction was a little rough because the "tone" is not what I'm accustomed to. It's like the difference between KJV and NIV of the Bible. But once my ears adapted it's been very enjoyable.