• Dragonwyck

  • By: Anya Seton
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (135 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the spring of 1844, the Wells family receives a letter from a distant relative, the wealthy landowner Nicholas Van Ryn. He has invited one of their daughters for an extended visit at his Hudson Valley estate, Dragonwyck. Eighteen-year-old Miranda, bored with her local suitors and commonplace life on the farm, leaps at the chance for escape. She immediately falls under the spell of the master and his mansion, mesmerized by the Gothic towers, flowering gardens, and luxurious lifestyle - unaware of the dark, terrible secrets that await.

©1944 Anya Seton Chase (P)2015 Tantor

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A Little known Classic

I have loved this book since I was a young girl.
Although it would not be considered politically correct in today’s climate it is a timeless story of good versus evil.
Splendidly narrated with emotion and clarity.

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It was ok

This book was ok. Kept me entertained while working. It was extremely slow though. Only good for background listening. I walked away for about an hour at one point and when I came back I hadn't missed anything.

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Good Gothic

This is a good gothic mystery. Some might find the pacing slow, but it was written in a different era, and it shows. This doesn’t make it an unenjoyable read; it’s just not contemporary fiction. Give it a shot and then perhaps check out the other Anya Seton books.

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Weakest characters ever created

I had to finish it, because I’m a “finisher,” but it was painful. Narrator was good.

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Too slow for me

I’m 5 hours in and haven’t fully been sucked in to the story; nor seen romance or real relationships develop. Their is the possibility of an obvious illicit romance, subtle relationships growing yet, I’m out of patience to find out what comes next.

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Slow Down Listening Speed

The narration is truly awful. I have never considered doing this before, but just push it to 1.1 speed and it works! This book was so much fun to read again. Historical? It is surely there. Ship races up the river. “Cinders and sparks”. Political aspects; attention to literature; differentiation between the results of American silly autocracy, expressing quite clearly the divisions of North/South, versus a rather charming impression of European attitude. So. Just the rest of it for me, as teenager. I was surely inattentive, focused on the romantic aspects. But oh my. This is just the author’s second novel. I hear so many future echoes. John and Katherine fully realized. And remembrance for myself. I don’t think this book should be considered critically; it’s a work in process. But lords, if you attempt to listen, up it to 1.1.



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Predictable from beginning to end. Obvious clues as to what will happen. More suspense needed

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better than the movie

narrator's reading is a bit mechanical. at times it sounded like a computer generated reader

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Awesome story.

The plot and characters were well developed and the narrator did an excellent job of bringing the whole story to life.

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Very Silly

It is well written. The historical portions are interesting. The little side stories about famous authors and politicians are just ridiculous. The overall morality tale is nothing I agree with. Just so stereotypical. Not all religious types are dirty-handed, bible-thumping country bumpkins, and not all rich or powerful people are sinful, hedonistic, abusive jerks. This is not a thinking woman's gothic romance.