The Great Stone Face and Other Tales of the White Mountains


Read by Roger Melin

(4.3 stars; 20 reviews)

A collection of four short stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the common theme of which is New Hampshire's White Mountains. Consists of: The Great Stone Face, written in 1850 and revolves around the 'Old Man of the Mountain (Cannon Mtn.) in New Hampshire which sadly collapsed on May 3, 2003; The Ambitious Guest, written in 1835; The Great Carbuncle, written in 1837; and Sketches From Memory, written sometime prior to The Great Carbuncle as will become obvious. (Summary by Roger Melin)

(2 hr 22 min)

Chapters

Introduction 28:44 Read by Roger Melin
The Great Stone Face 27:59 Read by Roger Melin
The Ambitious Guest 23:34 Read by Roger Melin
The Great Carbuncle 42:37 Read by Roger Melin
Sketches From Memory 19:57 Read by Roger Melin

Reviews

a notch in the whites

(4 stars)

This is my first listen to Hawthorne and it is a different pace and style than any I'm used to and I'm not sure how I like it. I did enjoy very much being brought back into the white mountains. His memories and my own seemed to meld. It is a majestic place to visit. Well read.

(4 stars)

A sample of a literary style long gone and never to return to our hurried world. Roger Melin, as always, makes the writing interesting and, perhaps, better than it really is.

Not that great

(3 stars)

the reader was fabulous but the stories just weren't very interesting