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Download The Minister's Black Veil Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,711 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne Narrator: Basil Rathbone Publisher: Saland Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN:
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Basil Rathbone reads Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story about the minister of a small town who suddenly and without explanation starts to wear a black veil. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandi Aldrich | 12/11/2013

    " It reminded me a lot of The Scarlet Letter, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy Gu | 11/12/2013

    " This was a very condensed version of the Scarlet Letter to me, because it had the same thematic concepts involved. Although in this, the minister is willing to accept that he committed a sin, and shows it off by wearing a black veil. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hui Lin | 11/5/2013

    " American Literature Book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 10/19/2013

    " This narrative is very like Hawthorne's YOUNG GOODMAN BROWN, except a bit more sinister. Well, maybe not. They are both creepy but poignant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 9/22/2013

    " This is one of my favorites from Nathaniel Hawthorne. I think that it is an excellent short story, and I really enjoy teaching it with my 11th and 12th graders. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Madison | 9/9/2013

    " My favorite of his works. Didn't make me want to vomit! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Inga | 8/15/2013

    " And hence it shall glimmer in the dark grave! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julia | 9/25/2012

    " Another short story I was forced to read in school. I think I will never till the end of my days understand Nathaniel Hawthorne. After all the analysis we did in class I still do not understand the point of this story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andalee | 8/12/2012

    " This short story is amazing. I think it's a great commentary on religion and how people can be manipulated by fear of the unknown. It's really a genius piece. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karissa | 6/10/2012

    " It was dark and haunting but greatly-written and true to human nature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shanna | 4/20/2012

    " One of my favorite of Hawthorne's short stories, The Minister's Black Veil encourages the reader to ponder which is worse, someone else's sin or the feelings we get when someone else's sin sheds light on our own depravity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick | 2/20/2012

    " it is interesting how people were terrified by the veil. the story depicted how people are fearful to find their true nature, especially through others "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 10/23/2011

    " U.S. Literature "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nicholas Armstrong | 8/28/2011

    " I'm not a fan of Hawthorne, I think he forsook logic and coherence for symbolism - which I hate. I mean, this story makes sense, it's just stupid. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candace | 4/30/2011

    " Read it in class and if I didn't have our teacher explain what everything meant and what it was symbolizing I wouldn't of gotten the story at all. But the meaning of the book is really good and interesting and kind of sad that he thought that the sin he held was going to be with him till death. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katya | 7/26/2010

    " Shows peoples true colors. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paquita Maria Sanchez | 7/19/2010

    " As usual, boring enough to leave me wondering why Hawthorne incessantly uses so many exclamation points. I don't know what he's so excited about. "

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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

Basil Rathbone appeared in over eighty films including Captain Blood, The Adventures of Robin Hood, and The Comedy of Terrors, and made thirteen appearances in the tremendously popular Sherlock Holmes series.