Green Darkness

  • by Anya Seton
  • Narrated by Heather Wilds
  • 23 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Green Darkness is the story of a great love, a love in which mysticism, suspense, and mystery form a web of good and evil forces that stretches from Tudor England to the England of the 20th century. The marriage of the Englishman Richard Marsdon and his young American wife, Celia, slowly turns tragic as Richard withdraws into himself and Celia suffers a debilitating emotional breakdown.
A wise mystic realizes that Celia can escape her past only by reliving it. She journeys back 400 years to her former life as the servant girl Celia de Bohun during the reign of Edward VI - and to her doomed love affair with the chaplain Stephen Marsdon. Although Celia and Stephen can't escape the horrifying consequences of their love, fate (and time) offer them another chance for redemption.

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What the Critics Say

"Anya Seton has a knack of vividly painting the glory, cruelty, passion, and prejudice of long-ago days." (Hartford Courant)

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Customer Reviews

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A different narrator would have made all the difference.

The narrator's accents for the different characters were very good but this book has a lot of description and the enjoyment of the story was marred by the reader's monotone delivery and disregard for punctuation. Commas treated like periods and then other times periods were so lightly skipped over that everything ran together. Some of the highlights and critcal moments in the story were lost as a result.
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- J

A wonderful discovery

What did you love best about Green Darkness?

I came upon this novel entirely by chance and did not realize that it was a best-seller in 1972 until I decided to research the author. I love historical fiction and quality or original offers in that genre have not been many over the past couple of years - "Wolf Hall" and "Bring Up the Bodies" being notable exceptions. This novel is perhaps more of a "historical romance". The story takes place during Tudor times but does not involve the better known Tudor nobles. It is absorbing and entertaining. The characters are full of human flaws and this makes them believable.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Green Darkness?

The encounters between the protagonists, being few and sparse in detail were precious. This novel has a "reincarnation" subplot that is quite unnecessary and it takes place in the 1960's. The central plot which takes place in Tudor England in places that still exist today is the bulk of the story and enough on itself.


Would you listen to another book narrated by Heather Wilds?

It took me a while to get use to this narrator's rhythm; having done so, I would listen to another narration by her.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I found the story very engaging; once it hooked me I just wanted to keep on listening.


Any additional comments?

This was a treat. It had a bit of history, romance, murder, madness, metaphisics...all expertly but simply mixed to snare the reader. It is remarkable that it did not seem at all dated.

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- Pita "Life long compulsive reader & lover of recorded books"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-11-2014
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio