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.
©1972 Anya Seton Chase (P)2014 Tantor
"Anya Seton has a knack of vividly painting the glory, cruelty, passion, and prejudice of long-ago days." (Hartford Courant)
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.
Life long compulsive reader & lover of recorded books
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.
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.
It took me a while to get use to this narrator's rhythm; having done so, I would listen to another narration by her.
I found the story very engaging; once it hooked me I just wanted to keep on listening.
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.
I like books that make me think.
This was a plot unexpected. One of love lost and trust gained. The author did an outstanding job of making a difficult topic a wonderful experience and the narrator didn't drop the ball by having a good voice that didn't falter. Cannot wait for the next book.
I'd rank it in the top 75% due to its richness of historical detail.
When the sins of the past find some atonement. There is an overwhelming sense of melancholy for awhile, but it lifts, Still it has a tragic element like Romeo and Juliet.
Really can't point to one scene.
Stricken would describe the moment of Celia's betrayal, though you know its coming.
I read the print version in the 70's, and found the audio to be better. Anya Seton draws the reader into her web
One of my all time favorites. It has history, romance and paranormal all wrapped up in a huge, engrossing story. I first read the novel in the 70s. I wasn't sure from the sample if the narrator would do it justice, but I'm glad I went ahead and used my credit.
I loved this book when I first read it many years ago. It sparked my interest in reincarnation. I wondered if if would still like it at 60+. To my surprise I did. I love the history of Tudor England, perhaps more than I did when I read it the first time, but I no longer enjoy romances and find them to be insipid. The romance is here but it is an imperfect romance set in an imperfect world. While the story accepts the soul, it looks realistically at religion and politics. If you have no particular idea of a right or wrong religion and do not look for happy endings, this book may work as well for you as it did for me.
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