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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne Narrator: Nelson Runger Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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The Great Stone Face and Other Tales presents 4 haunting, unforgettable pieces, all set in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. One of the giants of American literature, Nathaniel Hawthorne struggled for many years to achieve fame as an author. He lived in Salem, Massachusetts and spent his spare time roaming the crooked streets, immersing himself in the legends, old wives' tales, and superstitions that he learned from other people. Weaving these tales into his own literary style, Hawthorne wrote many remarkable short stories and essays that focused on his favorite themes of spiritual insight, guilt, and the consequences of sin. This collection includes the title story, The Ambitious Guest, The Great Carbuncle, and Sketches from Memory. Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 8/18/2009

    " My favorite of Hawthorne's short stories. ..We learn from this that we often fail to appreciate what is right amongst us. Our goals, beliefs, habits, virtues, make or break us, and we grow and develop because of what we believe in. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 8/20/2008

    " I read the title story for a paper in my English class. I vaguely remember doing something involving The Scarlet Letter and this story and how the names Hawthorne gives his characters were symbolic of the character's personality. "

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About the Author
Author Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804–1864) was born in Salem, Massachusetts, and made his ambition to be a writer while still a teenager. He graduated from Bowdoin College in Maine, where the poet Longfellow was also a student, and spent several years traveling in New England and writing short stories before his best known novel, The Scarlet Letter, was published in 1850. His writing was not at first financially rewarding, and he worked as measurer and surveyor in the Boston and Salem Custom Houses. In 1853 he was sent to Liverpool as American consul and then lived in Italy before returning to the United States in 1860, where he died in his sleep four years later.

About the Narrator

Nelson Runger’s voice has been recorded in dozens of audio productions and won him two AudioFile Earphones Awards. His ability to convey difficult, scholarly material with eloquence and ease has earned him critical acclaim, including an AudioFile Best Voice in Biography & History for his reading of Nixon and Kissinger.