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3.37 out of 53.37 out of 53.37 out of 53.37 out of 53.37 out of 5 3.37 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne Narrator: Katinka Wolf Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2000 ISBN:
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The Scarlet Letter is one of the great classics of American literature. Set in the harsh Puritan environment of the 17th century Boston, it describes the plight of Hester Prynne, an independent-minded woman who stands alone against society. Having given birth to a child after an illicit affair she refuses to name the father and is forced to wear the letter A for Adulteress embroidered on her dress. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natasha | 2/19/2014

    " I forgot how good this book was and I think I appreciated it more reading it as an adult. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Lamb | 2/10/2014

    " I reread The Scarlet Letter to teach this year for the first time in a long time, and, as usually the case when revisiting a book, I found it interesting to see what I was drawn to in the novel at this stage in my life. Therefore, as a parent, I found myself comprehending Hester's utter inability at times to understand Pearl. Who hasn't looked at his or her child and thought, "[W]hat is being which I have brought into this world?" Hawthorne's insight into parental relationships was a revelation this time. And who wouldn't like a book in which Reverend Dimmesdale, in his moral and spiritual dilemma, has the overwhelming urge "to stop short in the road, and teach some wicked words to a knot of little Puritan children"? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aisha Al - Aufi | 2/9/2014

    " This book really reflects on the stupidity of the world, it shows how people can be cruel,arrogant and blind to most things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nabiha | 2/9/2014

    " Good story but wish it was easier to read and understand. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon Parker | 1/30/2014

    " I rely on dialogue when I read, and unfortunately this book lacked the amount of dialogue I need. But, the narration was beautiful and had a lot of personification (my favorite), therefore it deserves 3 stars. The story itself was also very beautiful and a compelling read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erika Rose | 1/29/2014

    " Despite all of the complaining and bickering my teacher receives every semester from his students, I LIKED THIS BOOK! I'm one of the rare ones, I know, but I really did enjoy this book. My secret? Loudlit.org, or any other audio book. It will save not only time, but plenty of headache, and you might actually get something out of the tale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily Randall | 1/17/2014

    " I've been reading this for ages, really dragging my feet over it too, I found once I made myself pick it up it flowed but it was the incentive to actually get reading it that slowed me down! Maybe I just need to read some more classics so that I can adjust to the formal writing style properly! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elena Solis | 1/14/2014

    " I didn't like the ending but it was OK. I usually like to read fantasy or romance so this book wasn't for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindz | 1/14/2014

    " Was interesting, but the author wrote the book in such a slow way, where sometimes its just rambling on and on about nothing. However, the story does have a good message. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jakki Leonard | 1/2/2014

    " Sad, strong, frightening. Terrible first chapter- afterwards a masterpiece! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 R.k.m | 12/22/2013

    " Highly confusing and riddled with needless symbolism. The first half of this book is not very entertaining but the second half is pretty decent, but it doesn't save this book from being more than 2 stars. It takes far too long to get into. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lewis Jones | 8/1/2013

    " Just read for the first time. Great classic "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lunette Taylors | 6/2/2013

    " While it was a beautiful book, the story itself is rather difficult for me to connect with. I enjoyed the way it was written more than the actual plot of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelley Spencer | 5/31/2013

    " It took a while to get into this book, but once it grabbed me, it never let go. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 12/14/2012

    " I was pleasantly surprised when I read the Scarlet Letter. I expected a book full of lust and jealousy, but it was entirely the opposite. It was about humility, truth and forgiveness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renee Rubin | 11/23/2012

    " It was a struggle to get through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 6/28/2012

    " What a beautifully written book! Very dramatic. Go back for a read if you haven't read it since high school - you'll probably like it a lot more!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashely Nicole | 5/7/2012

    " Read this for my 11th grade literature class and hated it at first, but over the years I grew to understand, appreciate, and like it. The movie contributed to that too, lol. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristina | 4/5/2012

    " Read this in HS & the way the protagonist was ostracized has stayed w/ me over the years. It affected me in much the same way as Wuthering Heights in that it became even more imbedded in my psyche how much we are human and need the forgiveness and help of a Savior. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly Gaskins | 3/19/2012

    " the story was good but I really do not like to read the Old English. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/4/2012

    " Difficult language but wildly twisted story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hannah Crossett | 12/12/2011

    " I am not a fan of this book, but we had to read it for high school and I learned from this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark Hoffman | 9/28/2011

    " Whore gets knocked up by priest. Society shuns priest. Priest dies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brianna | 8/23/2011

    " I had to have some serious assistance with this book. Sparknotes was my best friend with this read. It was hard for me to understand it. However, once I knew what was going on, it was a good read. "

  • 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. "

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

    " It's pretty good so far, I just think it's a lot of description. It seems like Hawthorne is trying too hard, almost. Not a popular opinion, I know. A little disappointed because I love the concept! "

  • 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 "

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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.