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Publisher's Summary

A young man becomes transfixed by a beautiful widow with a shadowy past.

In Pequot Landing, there are two sights to see: The largest elm in America, which dominates the stately old village green, and the house of Lady Harleigh. When the Great War ended, she was the most beautiful bride in the village, and though she was widowed soon after, mourning dampened neither her beauty nor her spirits. By the time the Great Depression rolls around, she is the unchallenged center of Pequot society - lovely and energetic, but subject to bouts of grim melancholy that hint at something dark beneath her surface.

Woody is eight years old when he first notices the Lady, and her glittering elegance captures his heart. He spends his boyhood deeply in love with the mysterious widow, obsessed with the sadness that lies at her core. As he gets closer to her, he finds that Lady Harleigh is haunted - not just by grief, but by a scandalous secret that, if revealed, could change Pequot Landing forever.

©1974 Thomas Tryon (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Lovely story - poor performance

I read this book over 35 years ago and adored it - so I was looking forward to revisiting it and listening to the audio version. Perhaps the director should be blamed for allowing the narrator to use a ridiculous Minnie Mouse voice for the title character. It may seem like a little thing, but it ruined the story for me. Every time Lady opens her mouth to speak it sounds like the voice from the old Mr Bill videos on Saturday Night Live. And did no one in the audio booth, (the director, the engineer, the janitor) not notice that the narrator mispronounced some pretty common words? I realize that this book is probably not much in demand anymore, but it's a shame it was produced so sloppily.

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Needs a new narrator

I love the story. I originally read this many years ago.But the narrator is terrible. His pacing is bad and his terrible voice for Lady makes her sound silly, even stupid. I could hardly stand to listen to him. Add to that he pauses oddly throughout the reading and makes it even harder to listen to. If possible one is better off reading the book and imagining the voices.

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I, too, read this book decades ago and LOVED it.

Don't waste your money or a credit on this great book. Buy it and read it for a great expeience. Shame on you, Audible team, for allowing this narrator to butcher this wonderful story with such ridiculous narration. I have been a faithful Audible customers for many years. So disappointed in you.

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Coming of age story sabotaged by performance

I read Thomas Tryon's earlier books many years ago and remembered them as eery mystical novels with clever twists, so this sweet coming-of-age narrative was initially something of a disappointment. As the story went on, however, I became immersed in the characters and the relationships. A young boy in Connecticut is nurtured by a dignified woman who lives is a large house across the green. Lady is cared for by her two exotic servants, both from the Caribbean, living in the house she inherited from her long-dead husband. Childless, she gives generously of her time and resources to children, especially the narrator, becoming a sort of adopted Aunt/Grandmother/Grand Dame. The story creates a larger community, mostly of other children but also of the adults who help raise the children in a village where everyone knows everyone else's business. At the end, secrets are revealed, relationships are broken and repaired, and children become adults. Tryon retains his flair for twists that are unexpected but that fit clearly into the narrative. I enjoyed the book.

I did not enjoy the narrative. Church mispronounced words repeatedly, jarring me out of the flow of the book. One example I remember vividly was pronouncing "invalid" in the meaning of "untrue or false" when the meaning was "unwell." These were sprinkled randomly but frequently through the book. Worse, he uses a high-pitched, sing-song voice for the title character, Lady. It undercut the dignity of the character and grated every time. I will avoid this narrator in the future.

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This is a wonderful book - very under appreciated in lieu of Tyron's horror classics "The Other" & "Harvest Home." This narrator was bad. His diction seemed awkward and jerky - kinda like I would expect an inexperienced student would read aloud in class. He also continuously mispronounced words. Seriously....I know it happens from time to time, but this reading saw it happen nearly a dozen times. I started counting! Very distracting. This story deserved better.

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great 2020 - 2021 bridge!

loved the narrator!
beautiful story of the past. shocked to find a child's version of old is 50

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Narrator Great

Read alt of complaining about the Narrator, I thought he was great - and a great story

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Reads like an old black and white Hollywood film

Not what I expected. It start slow and I wondered if I’d get through it. I’m glad I did as it was an enjoyable story set in the 30’s. Lady is and was a character with quite a tale.
It reminded me of “It’s a Wonderful Life”

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Good.

I read it in 1978 , and again some time. later. Glad to hear it from Audible. I enjoy listening.

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just ok

this story was just ok. there wasn't anything really spooky about it. I would skip this one.