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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (271,098 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne Narrator: Michael Learned Publisher: AudioGO Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN:
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Written in the winter of 1849, The Scarlet Letter unfolds the story of Hester Prynne, a young woman branded as an adulteress in the harsh Puritan world of 17th-century New England. As Hester calls on her inner strength to transcend her shame, the scarlet letter ceases to be a stigma and finally becomes Hester's symbol of self-affirmation. This dramatic reading heightens the sense of lyric poetry that permeates every line of Nathaniel Hawthorne's great novel.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 LaVonne Powell | 2/19/2014

    " One of the best books I have ever read. I want to read it again. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leisa | 1/31/2014

    " I really didn't care for this book and I think a lot of the symbolism people read into it is bullshit. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jasonhobo Hebert | 1/26/2014

    " this book was one of the most boring books of all time. though aside from that, and the fact that the reviews i read were more interesting than the actual book, it had its moments. this book is much easier to read if you can skip words and paragraphs that have nothing to do with the actual story. The diction is obviously enhanced to the point of madness. seriously there are sentences in here that have no less than 7 letters in each word. The syntax makes no sense with multiple ideas being added in each sentence and the overuse of commas. honestly the book deserves a 3 but im petty enough to vote it down because i didnt enjoy it "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Savanna | 1/22/2014

    " Too dull to finish. I really tried. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Milli Mills | 1/21/2014

    " I had to read this book at a time in my life where reading the hardships of the main character was very difficult on my emotionally. For that reason I would have given the book a very low rating. However, 15 years later the book and its characters are still running around in the back of my mind at times and a book that strikes that much in your mind deserves a higher rating (can't give a 5 for the reason I mentioned earlier). It is an interesting story, with great characters and great heart aches. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tristan | 1/19/2014

    " The details of the book got in the way of the plot, which made the book to understand. His style of writing was interesting, it gave plenty of sensory details which helped to put you inside the minds of the characters. The symbolism was deep and enriching, the only problem with trying to understand the symbolism is that much of the details about the symbolism are vague and overshadowed by the details of all the various flowers in the book. the characters were well described and help to make a very good plot, one of my favorite characters was Pearl. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaye Steeno | 12/26/2013

    " I've not only read this, I've taught it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Skyler Morseman | 11/28/2013

    " I thought the book was okay. It was very easy to decipher all of the symbolism, but I didn't like it as much as other people did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 11/19/2013

    " The message of this story has stuck with me for decades, since I read it in high school. Time now for my daughter to read it, so we listened together to the book read aloud on CD. Still as chilling and haunting as I recalled. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 mythomagic | 11/14/2013

    " I actually loved this book. The plot was a bit slow, but the language was elegant and the story was fantastically tragic. Hawthorne beautifully described each scene, and revealed the inherent evil that lives inside us all. First assigned book this year that I loved! Five Stars!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anuradha S | 10/13/2013

    " Ok yeah the symbolism was overdone and Hawthorne's got a "get it? get it?" approach at times but its still sweet and amusing in a sad way and the characters were great even if the narrative wasn't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chunyang Ding | 8/27/2013

    " Not a bad book, but the language throws me off. Will be doing IOP on this in a week, so more in depth analysis might raise my hatred of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 5/31/2013

    " Who defines us? Ourself - or society's assessment of who we are? Loved the book, and wish we were all strong enough to be true to ourselves no matter the judgements swirling around us.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adina | 7/10/2012

    " I appreciated Hawthorne's style more in this than in his short stories. I think I might have enjoyed this more if I didn't have to do homework assignments on it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Khurrom Laskar | 4/10/2012

    " Really good with many excitement detail in the pilgrim time set in Boston. But the end was a tragic when he died after he had a Scarlett letter on his chest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Casii | 1/22/2012

    " I did not read the other stories in this book as our class focused on the Scarlet Letter, which was a good story with very moving quotes, once you move past the heavily descriptive writing style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katelyn Irons | 8/4/2011

    " Good writing, but frankly not to my taste. I dislike the fact that they force everyone to read this in high school. I think there are a lot better books out there... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sahil Kapur | 7/5/2011

    " The book was ok. I wish the ending would have been better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy | 5/22/2011

    " I enjoyed this substantially more when I read it again after I was required to read it in high school. Hawthorne makes liberal use of the comma - just ignore them and it flows much better. ;) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 5/22/2011

    " You know, surprisingly I liked this book when I read it in high school. For all the rap I heard about it, I thought I wouldn't like it. But I felt that the characters were real. And wasn't there a twist-up in the end? I don't remember . ..it's been so long! =) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dav8d777 | 5/21/2011

    "
    Read for school. Painful as all hell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nisha | 5/21/2011

    " I've always enjoyed this book because I find something new to focus on every time I read it. This time around was the contemplation of Chillingworth's moral decline. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie.bloomfield | 5/18/2011

    " As most people, I had to read this for a high school English class. This book is a classic and I actually enjoyed reading it and found the messages is conveyed interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maddie | 5/16/2011

    " Read for Abrams junior year AP English...really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geneal | 5/13/2011

    " I appreciate this book more as an adult reader than I did in high school. It is intriguing for many reasons. The hypocrisy of piety rings through the pages. That scarlet "A" is such a unique symbol. Always a good read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becca | 5/11/2011

    " I read this book in high school and could not put it down. I learned so much about the colonial/puritan period from reading it. I am looking forward to rereading as an older adult and finding out how much my perspective has changed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Huma | 5/11/2011

    " I hated this book. So much. :| I hate Hawthorne in general. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chole | 5/10/2011

    " It was written very long ago and to understand the writing took a little while. But good book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 F. | 5/8/2011

    " This was really well done. Hester Pryn comes out of this the winner. The reverand acted like a weiner for the longest time. The husband was a cruel bastard. That's what I remember about this work. I read this in High School. "

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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.