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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (270,552 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne Narrator: Robert Bethun Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1642, a pregnant Hester Prynne is found guilty of adultery, shunned by her neighbors, and forced to wear a scarlet letter “A” on her dress. Meanwhile, Hester’s husband—long thought to be lost at sea—has returned to Boston under the assumed name “Roger Chillingworth” and plots to uncover her lover’s identity. After her daughter Pearl is born, Hester is frequently visited by both Reverend Dimmesdale and Chillingworth, but always refuses to name her lover. As the years wear on and Pearl grows older, Hester’s defiance—and her lover’s silence—weighs heavily on the lives of all parties involved.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Grace Baumiller | 2/18/2014

    " I did not particurally enjoy this book. It was very diffucult to read and understand. However, The plot was interesting. It was well written, but it was quite boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ted Elattrache | 2/18/2014

    " This book is a classic for a reason. It has a great theme and message to the book. It was very well written but a little hard to understand because of the way that Nathanian Hawthorne writes. I was fascinated with the character Hester. The was she controlled her anger and embarrassment was amazing. Being put through the hardship of the publicity of her crime i can not even fathom. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Roderick | 2/10/2014

    " I just couldn't get into this book...I don't know what it was, and I can't quite put my finger on it. While the plot was good the writing was something I couldn't get a feel for and I felt bored and tired every time I began reading. If it wasn't something that had been required for class I would have thrown it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Seth Hanson | 1/31/2014

    " As with most 'classics', reading this book felt like a long, strenuous jog rather than a pleasure stroll around your neighborhood duck pond. But I suppose that's a good thing... giving the ole brain a workout and what not. I did like it for for the most part and I do feel I have a much better understanding of what it was like to be a Puritan living in one of the puritannical settlements of colonial America. In fact, if you're interested in that period of history than I'd say this is a definite 'must read'. "

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About the Narrator

Robert Bethune brings many years of acting, directing, coaching, and teaching in live theater to his work in audiobooks. He is also a writer, translator, musician, photographer and filmmaker, operating from his studio in southeastern Michigan. When he can be pried out of the studio, he and his wife enjoy getting out into the woods and fields with their dogs.