The Swan House

  • by Elizabeth Musser
  • Narrated by Linda Stephens
  • 19 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A southern region ABA and Book Sense best-selling author, Elizabeth Musser sets this coming-of-age novel in 1960s Atlanta. Sixteen-year-old Mary Swan Middleton is devastated when her artistic mother is killed in a plane crash. The family maid, seeing Mary's loneliness and desperation, suggests she volunteer to help the poor. Soon, Mary realizes there is more to life, love, and faith, than she ever knew.


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Customer Reviews

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I cried & laughed!

What did you love best about The Swan House?

A friend recommended this book to me and I wasn't sure about starting the book, but once I started the audible download and read the first chapter- I was hooked! I am from and live in Atlanta. I am 25 years old. I learned so much Atlanta history and really have such a better understanding of what and where my mom grew up. The story starts out with the main character talking to her daughter who is about to have child and then flashes back to her sophomore year. I really didn't know if I could get into a book with a character of my mom's generation and then following that character in her teens. I was hooked! I have never cried so hard and laughed out loud with a book as I did this audible listen. A must read!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Oh boy, I don't know. I would have to say Mary Swan, the main character, for just that reason. I experienced so much with her through this story that I feel like we were high school friends.

What does Linda Stephens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Wow, Linda Stephens attention to each character and her ability to give each character, even the least important, a distinct dialect and tone. I felt as if I had watched the characters in a movie and even felt myself catching the southern twang of the main character, Mary Swan.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

BOTH!! and it was very spiritual. My faith grew. If your not Christian faith based, I wouldn't say that would be a reason not to read this book- it is more about living life more kindly and boldly.

Any additional comments?

Especially with Linda Stephens as the narrator.. a must read! The storyline is surprising to the end.. I never knew where this story would end up and it was a wonderful ride! As soon as I finished it, I immediately started it over and am enjoying it all over again.

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- Stephanie Day

Waste of a good plot!

What did you like best about The Swan House? What did you like least?

What started out as a great story took a hard turn about a third of the way in. From there it became a platform for evangelical Christian doctrine. Then the author tossed in large doses of guilt, aimed at the white community for leaving the city of Atlanta during the early '60's. I found myself rolling my eyes! The story wobbles back on track, and after the author makes her agendas more than abundantly clear, she FINALLY wraps it up. Ugh! What could have been a great book turned into a transparently predictable diatribe filled with cliches and trite writing! I was over the name Mary Swann, too! It must have been used 1000 times!

Which character – as performed by Linda Stephens – was your favorite?


Any additional comments?

Read it in paper form so you can skim through the parts that drag!

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- Jeff

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-25-2009
  • Publisher: Recorded Books