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The Keepers of the House Audiobook

The Keepers of the House

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Publisher's Summary

Abigail was the last keeper of the house, the last to know the Howland family's secrets. Now, in the name of all her brothers and sisters, she must take her bitter revenge on the small-minded Southern town that shamed them, persecuted them, but could never destroy them.

Shirley Ann Grau is a major American author whose works are often set in New Orleans and Louisiana's Creole region. She often reflects the isolated bayous and their French-speaking residents, but her fiction is equally at home with the fiercely independent people of small Southern towns or the sophisticated life of the New Orleans' upper class. The Keepers of the House won her the Pulitzer Prize in 1965.

©1964 Shirley Ann Grau; (P)1996 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

  • Pulitzer Prize Winner, Fiction, 1965

"Shirley Ann Grau is one of those rare writers who create a world, draw the reader into it, and make him somehow happy there, no matter what goes on....One comes to the novel's end with a sense of loss, and leaves that world with reluctance." (Newsweek)

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    ColorOrange Ford, VA, United States 03-20-11
    ColorOrange Ford, VA, United States 03-20-11
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    "Lengthy Descriptions of Scenery"

    Once at the end, the entire story made sense and turned out to be very good. The description of the scenery is so long that the effect on the character is lost and become very boring, especially on Margaret. After Margaret, the rest was interesting that I had wished the author had written a bit more of Margaret instead of ending her the first night she come to live with William Howland. There were certain instance where I did not understand Abigail's point of view. The explanations were brief and vague. I gave the book a five star because I thought the narrator had the perfect voice for this story.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    thatssocute KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 02-26-13
    thatssocute KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 02-26-13
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    "lost a credit:("

    The story is boring and the reader is very bad! Don't waste your credit!

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    rfogle 02-27-17
    rfogle 02-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "loved it"

    This was such a good book! the narration couldn't of been better. It seemed as tho several people were doing the narration, how she separated the characters.

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    Harley R. Alabama 12-15-16
    Harley R. Alabama 12-15-16 Member Since 2016

    Just a walking and listening to great books. Makes the two-hour walks fly by in no time.

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    "Interesting Story Line"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Keepers of the House to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Keepers of the House?

    The chapter where the town people turned on the featured family


    What about Anna Fields’s performance did you like?

    Good narrative skills and voice inflections


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the main character's wife resigned herself to death


    Any additional comments?

    Very good narrative covering a large swath of time. Very entertaining and kept me engrossed in listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jo 07-22-16
    Jo 07-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow!!!"

    This was an excellent book!!!! I know you'll enjoy listening ..... Will keep you focused all the way through!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffery Snyder Gainesville, FL United States 06-13-16
    Jeffery Snyder Gainesville, FL United States 06-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The Keeper of the House"

    While I enjoyed the story an some of the descriptions, enough is enough. This was just so wordy that it became annoying. With that said, I enjoyed the book and I thought the storyline was quite interesting and provocative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia a Faulkenberry 03-26-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Cruel people are usually stupid people"

    I don't know what the criteria is for a Pulitzer Prize but if this book meets it, I won't be reading another one. It was at times semi interesting but mostly it was just dull. Uninteresting people and an uninteresting location and a mostly uninteresting story until about the last 30 minutes. Good for you Abigail!! The good thing about this book was the narration. Bill Clinton I can listen to all day. Same with Lorelei King, James Earl Jones and now, Anna Fields. SUPERB job Ms. Fields.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Reno, NV, United States 02-08-16
    Kathy Reno, NV, United States 02-08-16 Member Since 2017
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    "SUPERB!!!"
    Would you listen to The Keepers of the House again? Why?

    I am listening to it a second time. The beauty of the writing alone is worth it. But the story is fantastic too.


    Any additional comments?

    Narration was outstanding. Felt like I was there. Beautiful book to savor! Order it NOW...so good

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Hawaii 10-20-15
    Mary Hawaii 10-20-15

    Mary

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    "I have read this book 3 times"
    What did you love best about The Keepers of the House?

    Riveting story. Beautifully read. I think I will listen to it again one day.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Keepers of the House?

    The ending was amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my all time favorite book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard D. Martel Newark, DE United States 07-08-15
    Richard D. Martel Newark, DE United States 07-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Enjoyed the story"
    Where does The Keepers of the House rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the middle, AVERAGE. Worth the time spent.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    None specifically


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Holding off the neighbors who were set on burning down the house. She kept the house safe in the end.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Keepers of the House and why?

    The mother who protected the house


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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