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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: Bob Sessions Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Penguin Classics presents Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, adapted for listening and available as a digital audiobook as part of the Penguin English Library series. Read by the actor Bob Sessions.

Shame, Despair, Solitude! These had been her teachers - stern and wild ones - and they had made her strong, but taught her much amiss.

Fiercely romantic and hugely influential, The Scarlet Letter is the tale of Hester Prynne, imprisoned, publicly shamed, and forced to wear a scarlet for committing adultery and bearing an illegitimate child, Pearl. In their small Puritan village, Hester and her daughter struggle to survive. In this searing study of the tension between private and public existence, Hester Prynne's inner strength and quiet dignity secure her place as one of the first great heroines of American fiction.

Part of a collection of vintage recordings taken from the Penguin Archives, the Penguin English Library series offers affordable, collectable, quality productions that are perfect for on-the-go listening.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jordan L. Harakal | 2/10/2014

    " The Scarlet Letter wasn't my favorite book to read. I liked the story and the characters but I found Hawthorne's writing kind of annoying. He used a lot of words to explain one little thing. The type of proper English he used was hard to get used to. Honestly, I never got used to it and wasn't very comfortable with his style of writing throughout the whole book. Like I said earlier, I liked the storyline and the characters, and the main idea of the book, however, it was difficult to get through. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Toby Petek | 2/9/2014

    " I really did not like this book. It was very hard to read and that made it extremely boring. I would not recommend this book to anyone. It may be a classic to some people, but I really did not like it. Unless you have to, I would say, don't read it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Pat M. Manyak | 2/7/2014

    " While some may find this book interesting, it definitely wasn't for me. The style,dialogue and overall conventions of Hawthorne's writing made the book agonizingly slow. Though it had some interesting points, most of the book was continuous monologue interrupted by 1600s styled dialogue. The plot in itself was too simple with not many developments. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michelle Risa | 1/31/2014

    " so this was my second attempt to read and comprehend this novel. still difficult to understand. the story is great but the language is really advanced. requires lots of motivation and focus. "

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