The Street of Seven Stars

Read by MaryAnn

(4.6 stars; 294 reviews)

Published in 1914, this novel tells the story of Harmony Wells, an innocent and beautiful American in Austria to study violin. Harmony has talent and she dreams of a career in music. After her friends run out of money and return to the States, Harmony stays on in hopes of earning enough money to continue her lessons. Along the way, she meets Peter Byrne, an American doctor in Vienna following his dream to study surgery. Peter is already watching over an orphan boy in a local hospital and now he takes it upon himself to protect young Harmony from the unsavory side of life in the big city. With life pressing in, Peter and Harmony each must decide how much to sacrifice for the sake of their dreams - and for each other. (Summary by MaryAnn) (7 hr 35 min)


Chapter I 11:24 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter II 15:41 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter III 17:43 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter IV 19:30 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter V 13:44 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter VI 11:05 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter VII 20:08 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter VIII 17:05 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter IX 16:34 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter X 10:28 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter XI 15:09 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter XII 18:42 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter XIII 14:25 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter XIV 11:29 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter XV 15:39 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter XVI 19:36 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter XVII 17:48 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter XVIII 19:59 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter XIX 15:29 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter XX 18:53 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter XXI 15:59 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter XXII 15:16 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter XXIII 20:33 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter XXIV 28:55 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter XXV 12:21 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter XXVI 18:16 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter XXVII 24:08 Read by MaryAnn


well read, not overly sappy romance

(5 stars)

very well read. a wonderful recording. this is a story of romance, so not sure if anyone besides ladies maybe interested in it. the love story is not to sappy, toned down by the reality of poverty and just trying to make ends meet... a sick child... and war looming in the distance.

Captures the mood of the time

(5 stars)

Once again, Maryann has captured the mood of this novel beautifully. This is the story of intelligent, talented, sensitive, committed young people at a time when the world is on the verge of an event that will have an impact on every aspect of their lives. It’s interesting that the story is set in Germany. Books written around this period tend to be formulaic—valiant, doomed heroes and heroines about to be shattered by the brutality of war. This story portrays an aspect of pre-war Germany that’s more nuanced and interesting. There are no caricatures in this story. Even the villains have relatable feelings. Maryann does an outstanding job of conveying themes that are more complex than the usual Rinehart plots. Her reading adds a dimension to the story that makes it more meaningful. Thank you very much Maryann.

Charming story, well read

(5 stars)

I thoroughly recommend this romantic novel. Listeners must park their modern sensibilities outside, however, for as in the world of Thomas Hardy, this tale has some morally dubious characters. Sometimes you just want to shake one or other of them, particularly a certain amoral young man. It is rather sad at times - at the end of one chapter one can hear that the reader is quite affected. The reader has a soothing voice and an American accent that's smooth and pleasant to hear even to the Brit ear. Thanks to MaryAnn for a sensitive reading and good audio quality. TheBookworm (Manchester, UK)

(5 stars)

Mary AnnS: FABULOUS READING!!! Oh and there are surprises in there, too! Thank you for the extras you gave me!!! This isn't my favorite Rinehart work but it is still a valid view of a slice of time for some Americans. And the reader lends a pathos that deepens the text without being sappy at all. A brilliant combination! On to my 4th Rinehart! Be SURE to read DANGEROUS DAYS! Excellent work and again, so well read! I thought of volunteering but I can't read anyway near this class of readers! A listener I shall be! 😉

Interesting enough...

(3 stars)

The reader made the story... I don't think I would've listened to the whole book if it hadn't been for her. Very clearly read, with great expression and a nice surprise in the chapter that speaks about Christmas. I'd give 10 stars to the reader... but the story itself is nothing great.To me, the book doesn't have any real plot... I've definitely read better. Thanks to all the Librivox volunteers! You do a great job... :)

a wondrous world of the desicisions in young lives.

(5 stars)

A story to contemplate what would you do if you could do it over again? would you be more truthful? Would you push foreword and do what is right for you? Would you stop to help others? Would you sacrifice your dreams?

The Street of Seven Stars

(5 stars)

what I've beard of the story has been well written and well orated. I listen to help me go to sleep. As a result, I really can't give a full review. I will keep listening even after this review till the end.

an interesting period piece

(4 stars)

Great characters and an interesting look at 1914 Austria seen through American eyes. The plot moves a bit slowly at times, but the storyline still manages to engage. The narration is excellent; the reader's voice is a perfect fit.