We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
The Winthrop Woman Audiobook

The Winthrop Woman

Regular Price:$41.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

In 1631 Elizabeth Winthrop, newly widowed with an infant daughter, set sail for the New World. Against a background of rigidity and conformity she dared to befriend Anne Hutchinson at the moment of her banishment from the Massachusetts Bay Colony; dared to challenge a determined army captain bent on the massacre of her friends, the Siwanoy Indians; and, above all, dared to love a man as her heart and her whole being commanded. And so, as a response to this almost unmatched courage and vitality, Governor John Winthrop came to refer to this woman in the historical records of the time as his "unregenerate niece".

Anya Seton's riveting historical novel portrays the fortitude, humiliation, and ultimate triumph of the Winthrop woman, who believed in a concept of happiness transcending that of her own day.

©1958 Anya Seton Chase (P)2014 Tantor Media

What the Critics Say

"The Winthrop Woman is that rare literary accomplishment-living history. Really good fictionalized history [like this] often gives closer reality to a period than do factual records." (Chicago Tribune )

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.3 (201 )
5 star
 (101)
4 star
 (66)
3 star
 (26)
2 star
 (5)
1 star
 (3)
Overall
4.3 (182 )
5 star
 (94)
4 star
 (55)
3 star
 (24)
2 star
 (6)
1 star
 (3)
Story
4.4 (181 )
5 star
 (104)
4 star
 (57)
3 star
 (18)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (1)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Lulu 11-26-14
    Lulu 11-26-14

    I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    2263
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1386
    274
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    341
    8
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Historical Fiction that Aged Very Well"

    Anya Seton's historical fiction seems to age very well. I read Green Darkness many years ago and it remains one of my all time favorites, in my favorite genre. I listened to Katherine several years back and became impressed with Ms. Seton's talent once again.

    The Winthrop woman tells the story of Elizabeth Winthrop, the daughter-in-law/niece of John Winthrop, a strict Puritan and a founding governor of the Massachusetts Colony in the first half of the 17th Century. While Elizabeth actually existed, and due to her relationship to John Winthrop whose life was well documented, we know many of the "facts" of her life - her parentage, her move to the new world, her marriages - we don't have the knowledge of the details of her life like we do Elizabeth I or Marie Antoinette. In many ways she was a "nobody" and the details of their lives seldom survive. But somehow, in a time when women were definitely "background" and men made history, there are a few incidences in her life that stood out at the time and have survived. These set her apart from the thousands of faceless women who lived her same life.

    Ms. Seton took the few facts at hand and built a readable romance novel. If that is all it was, I would say this was an adequate book. But she then added layers of facts about the time Elizabeth lived and the larger than life historical figures she knew and created a strong work of historical fiction. She breathed life and sympathy into historical figures that are typically seen as caricatures or cardboard cutouts of real people. Especially John Winthrop. She made a man historically portrayed as cold and unlikeable, into a man with flaws who constantly doubted himself and struggled to live the life he preached. We will never know how accurate her interpretation of the man was, but by making him more human, it mad me more curious to learn more of the truth about the man. This is what elevated my overall rating of the book.

    Elizabeth Winthrop lived and survived in a critical period of history. The mere fact that she survived and thrived an adventure that most who attempted it did not, makes her worthy of remembering. The fact that as a woman of the time, she was visible and vocal enough that her name was written down and her life remembered at all, makes this book worth reading.

    The narrator did an excellent job.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 03-08-16 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "This book has everything"

    This book has everything you could ever want in an epic novel. It contains historical fact Prada live by irresistible characters. You will fall in love with the main character, Elizabeth, who endures all kinds of adventures and challenges throughout her life. There is love, jealousy, heartbreak, joy, and everything in between. Clearly, one of the best books I've ever read. I can't wait to read / listen to another book from this author.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Wren Texas 02-22-16
    Wren Texas 02-22-16 Member Since 2017

    Discriminate Reader

    HELPFUL VOTES
    14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    54
    21
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Such unexpected EXCELLENCE"

    After enjoying my listening experience so much after a few chapters, I actually looked up this book to buy a paper copy to add to my collection. I was flabbergasted to find it was written in the 50s. It is so well written and researched (with maybe a couple of surprising period references to the Indians) that it seems a modern book. Highly recommended. The performance was first rate. Her elegant manner and multiple dialects suit each character.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    christen 02-17-16
    christen 02-17-16 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Powerful story about a powerful woman"

    I love Anya Seton and this is just another example of her epic story telling abilities. The narrator did an excellent job of capturing the essence of the novel! Great read or listen!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    B Reader 02-13-16
    B Reader 02-13-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    22
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    70
    41
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent"
    Any additional comments?

    Written in 1958, some aspects of The Winthrop Woman show poor description and portrayal of the native people and slaves. These incidences are fairly rare, but they are there.

    Nevertheless, I enjoyed this book and referred to maps to place the towns and settlements. Hallet's land near Hellgate is ugly and city now, but the area must have been beautiful once. The same for Elizabeth's Neck. A lot of it is parking lot now, but the white sands remain.



    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    J. E. JONES USA 03-02-15
    J. E. JONES USA 03-02-15 Member Since 2007

    Avid reader, freelance writer, world traveler, animal lover. I love sharing my opinions about the books I read.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    127
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    115
    46
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    12
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Loved it!"
    Would you listen to The Winthrop Woman again? Why?

    Yes, it was a really good book. The historical details were well researched and thorough and performances were good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The historical aspects. I learned a lot about Puritan New England. Many of the characters were real people so you can research them and see how the book compared to real life.


    Any additional comments?

    I read and re-read all of Anya Seton's books years ago but had not read this one. Even though it was written in the 1950's, I think, it didn't seem dated at all. Great historical fiction. I was so interested, I even looked up many of the characters to see what became of them in real life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Joi 09-20-17
    Joi 09-20-17 Member Since 2017
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "My ancestor Elizabeth 'Bess' Fones Winthrop Feak H"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Winthrop Woman to be better than the print version?

    I would have a difficult time trying to read a novel anymore, so I cannot make a true comparison.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course, Bess ! She is a direct multi-great grandmother of mine via her Feake husband. I had been looking for a way to find this historical novel presented in a manner that I could listen to while going about my household activities. I am so thrilled to find all the facts of her life brought to life by this novel.


    Which character – as performed by Corrie James – was your favorite?

    Well, who couldn't love William Hallet ?


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It touched my heart. There were times I cried and times I laughed a bit. There were sometimes I felt disappointed in the characters' reactions. Mostly [being a genealogist] I was in awe of this ancestor's great - but very human - character. She makes me proud and more understanding.


    Any additional comments?

    I would still like to be able to find the old movie made from this novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    paula wright 09-09-17 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    22
    20
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "So much early american history I didn't know"

    It's a sad story in that the way the native Indians were treated by English and Dutch alike But very informative about the life in England in the 1650's. And life in the colonies The settlers were very resourceful enduring and many were kind and just. Others were not
    I highly recommend this book although very long and first chapters were. Hard to understand Intolerance and piety ruled the day and women had no authority

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sommer Plank 08-13-17 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Love the storyline!"

    i loved it! the story was very encaptivating! I didn't realize til the end that it was based on actual people which i think is cool.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Marcia New Braunfels, TX, United States 07-27-17
    Marcia New Braunfels, TX, United States 07-27-17 Member Since 2016

    Homemaker and retired homeschool mom. I love reading historical fiction with an inspirational message.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    28
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    47
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fascinating look at history"

    More authentic than most and taught me so much! Yet still very entertaining. I really had no idea things were so challenging for a woman in the fledgling new nation. So glad I read this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.