• by Thomas Tryon
  • Narrated by Phillip Church
  • 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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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- Maggie

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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- Michael J. Thomas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-30-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios