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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: December 1999 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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allura Duffy | 2/20/2014

    " Hester was the first female heroin and I enjoyed reading the book, though the language was hard to understand at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline Cummings | 2/13/2014

    " Loved it! The trascendental writing was a bit tough to get through at times but the recurring themes about people and society give the reader so much to think about. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adam P. Parker | 2/9/2014

    " While the Scarlet Letter had an interesting plot, I just could not get into the book. The ways that Hawthorne wrote every detail in a round about way was anoying, and it was hard for me to stay interested in the book when more than half of every chapter was about describing one simple thing that could be exxplained in less than a paragraph. Despite that it did have a few nice points. These were mainly about a the interesting plot. However, overall, I did not like this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Hoffman | 1/31/2014

    " I have read this book probably 4-5 times since high school. Each time I read it, I find more and more. So many ways to analyze this piece of literature, and so much symbolism! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jimmy Dym | 1/28/2014

    " In the Scarlet Letter i did not enjoy the writing style of dark romantic. That is kust not my style I would much rather read a suspense or adventure novel.I belive also that the writing style was over the top, and had a excess of words. I would not recomend this book to a friend because it is difficult to read and understand, and is depressing the whole novel. In conclusion reading this novel was not a pleasant experience. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellen Whyte | 1/22/2014

    " No doubt it's well written but it's all depressing all the time. Didn't like it much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/19/2014

    " I finally did my 9th grade homework assignment and I loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katelin | 12/15/2013

    " This book is pretty good once you get past the stuff about the Customs House. That is really tough reading. I liked it more after I read it than while I was reading it though. Worthwhile book to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 14cervenakl | 11/1/2013

    " I liked Nathaniel Hawthorne's style of writing. I feel that it improved my vocabulary. I did not like the story a whole lot because it was a little slow but it was still a good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth Craig | 10/11/2013

    " I just found this book to be really boring with no conclusion. "

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

    " A worthwhile classic, certainly. The first section--The Custom House--can be tedious, but once you get into Hester Prynne's infuriating story, you don't want to leave it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richelle | 8/2/2013

    " A great classic! Many hidden meanings that I could uncover with my Socratic class! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy Bainbridge | 4/26/2013

    " Another book I read in highschool and recently re-read. Hester Prynne is an incredibly strong woman. Has a surprise ending. I appreciated it more the 2nd time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jay Payne | 1/30/2013

    " Had to read in High School. Didn't take much from it however I understand it was the start of the first American books written and comes up in US culture every now and then. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M Prasanna | 11/11/2012

    " Really liked the story even though there was not much action. Was really poignant but liked it. Lots of feelings and views packed in the story. Four star rating is because of the ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 miriam | 9/8/2012

    " I've tried to read this book so many times, but it just doesn't catch me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie Powell | 8/11/2012

    " Excellent look at how guilt plays such an important role in our lives and the effects of ignoring the truth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Kang | 3/28/2012

    " Took me forever to actually get into the book. Once I did, I found Hawthorne's ability to convey the relationships between the characters and their internal states really incredible. The old English language threw me off at times, but all in all, it was a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aisha Al - Aufi | 10/15/2011

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cassie | 9/20/2011

    " I get that it's a classic and it has a great message, but can we say bore? I love reading classics, but one can only take a novel with no dialogue for so long. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chelsea Nicole | 5/31/2011

    " Had to read it for school. In fact I'm not sure I even finished it given that it pissed me off. I'm pretty sure I cliff notes-ed it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Becka Lue :D | 5/24/2011

    " 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 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.