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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (270,738 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne Narrator: Kate Harper Publisher: The Copyright Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN:
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This is a troubling story of crime, sin, guilt, punishment and expiation, set in the rigid moral climate of 17th-century New England. The young mother of an illegitimate child confronts her Puritan judges. However, it is not so much her harsh sentence, but the cruelties of slowly exposed guilt as her lover is revealed, that hold the reader enthralled all the way to the book's poignant climax.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Becka Lue :D | 2/19/2014

    " Most boring required book I've ever been forced to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vonelle Riley | 2/14/2014

    " Once I was able to adjust to Hawthorne's writing style, I enjoyed the story he had to tell. His story has several lessons to be taken from it. An adultress who accepts responsibility for her actions and how she is able to move forward and turns her scarlet "A" into her strength. The father of her child does not take responsibility for his actions and by not doing so turns out to be his demise. He also tells a story of one person's quest to destroy another and the results... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Magda | 2/10/2014

    " It was better than I thought it would be. The language is laborious. It's a good story. Too bad I kept picturing Demi Moore has Hester Prynne. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Becky Campbell | 2/8/2014

    " Love the story....hate Hawthorne's writing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Italomerante | 2/6/2014

    " I thought that this book was very well written. It had a lot of symbolism and imagery. However, this intense description lead to me being bored at times. The end of the book was easily my favorite part. I liked the irony of how Dimmesdale was really the father the whole time, but I thought it got boring as they talked about how he was beating himself up so much for his sin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darrell | 2/2/2014

    " I read this in high school and honestly did not care for it. Perhaps now I would feel differently about it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cynthia | 1/30/2014

    " Keep trying to convince me to like this book. I hated it, utterly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ivy | 1/17/2014

    " I started revisiting this book when Isaac needed help studying for his English test. I decided I should reread it since it had been since my Jr. year of high school. It was just okay. It gives good insight into the culture of the early settlers of this land. I don't feel great sympathy for any of the characters except perhaps Pearl. I enjoy the fact that Hester is able to overcome her disgrace and find a way to have a fulfilling life of service. We should all be a little more like Hester, willing to accept the consequences of our actions and then move forward in a positive direction. I didn't love this book, but was not disappointed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brit | 1/16/2014

    " Proof that people will always be hypocritical and judgemental. Not my favorite book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Monica | 1/2/2014

    " And we're lead to believe we are overly dramatic....... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 12/28/2013

    " Again, probably would have liked this book if I had not been in 8th grade and had it forced on me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 J-P Teti | 12/9/2013

    " Verily indeed, this book doth suck! Behold how confusing and archaic the language hath appeared unto me! Thou who reads this surely shall die (of boredom, at least). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 11/28/2013

    " I would like this book more, I think, if I wasn't forced to read it and discuss it on seven different occasions. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Reina Schoch | 11/25/2013

    " Read this while in high school. I can't remember which year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darius | 11/13/2013

    " A study in the human need for psychological visibility. The brazenly guilty has an advantage over the guilty who are tormented by their invisibility. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 7/11/2013

    " I know I have read this at least twice and it still doesn't really stick with me so I must not enjoy it that much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaye Steeno | 4/6/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Francesca | 3/13/2013

    " I loved this book. Loved the message, and I really didn't mind analyzing it in class. It was a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kat Mc | 1/25/2013

    " fun to have to read again. was cursing the teacher who taught this when he stated assigning it to my resource room kids, but gave me chance to re-read it for the first time in 17 years. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Love2read | 12/15/2012

    " Absolutely detest this book! Hard to read AND no justice for the characters! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittney | 10/21/2012

    " This was one of the better books that I had to read in an English class. I definitely would not have read it for fun but now that I have, I see so many allusions to the book in other literature, and even songs. I'm glad that I read it for that reason. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 10/18/2012

    " This book is really weird. It's hard to get into. The characters aren't particularly likeable. The kid Pearl especially is a little brat. omg. But yeah once I got into it I didn't want to stop reading! It was really good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frances | 9/24/2012

    " I like to talk about this book more than I enjoy reading it. This is very Hawthorne, but I prefer his short stories. Such heavy-handed symbolism! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim Greer | 9/5/2012

    " Took me a while to get through this one "

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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

Kate Harper trained at the University of California and while there received the Best Actress Award. She has appeared on the stage many times, both in England and in America, with credits that include Lost in Yonkers, Cahoots, Fatal Attraction, and Under the Clock. Her television credits include appearances on Inspector Morse, Poirot, The Upper Hand, Frank Stubbs Presents, and Hold the Dream, while her films include Surviving Picasso and Batman.