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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,838 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hillary Jordan Narrator: Heather Corrigan Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN: 9781611745719
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In a future America, where the line between church and state has been eradicated, Hannah is a convicted criminal, guilty of the murder of her unborn child. As punishment, her skin color has been genetically altered to red, the color of newly shed blood. N Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Jordan manages to open up powerful feminist and political themes without becoming overly preachy—and the parallels with Hawthorne are fun to trace.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Corrigan’s voice slowly matures as Hannah escapes and grows stronger and more self-reliant in a story that champions the empowerment of women.”

    Booklist

  • “It reads like a thriller, and one that makes you think hard, to boot. I’ve already placed this one on my favorite-books-for-book-clubs list.”

    BookPage

  • “Chillingly credible…Jordan’s feverishly conceived dystopia holds its own alongside the dark inventions of Margaret Atwood and Ray Bradbury.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • Selected for the October 2013 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Mayberry | 2/14/2014

    " Really good! Very unusual premise... Thought provoking "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Viki | 2/13/2014

    " Interesting concept in a future world of "coloring" criminals according to their crime. While futuristic, one can imagine how a government could stray so far from the founding principles. Main character finds independence and personal answers to questions she knew had to be asked. I want to read Mudbound by the same author now.Mudbound "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katie | 2/12/2014

    " The first quarter of this book was so promising. The rest? Pretty close to terrible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lacey | 1/31/2014

    " this is a great read. I highly recommend it if you're into futuristic fiction. I loved the depiction of society and religion and all of the very different heroes that came into play. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lily Smith | 1/30/2014

    " I loved the premise of the book, the dystopian future America, & its seemingly clever "solution" to the problem of expensive, crowded prisons. Also I give major props to the author for attempting a variation on The Scarlet Letter. The beginning is very strong, introducing us to our admirable and understandable protagonist Hannah. Unfortunately the pacing thereafter is very strange & unsatisfying; the book seems unsure where it is going and never reaches a fulfilling climax. The religious and political messages, so well integrated in the early part of the book, become clunky & unfounded. Worth a read for the world & premise, but keep your plot expectations fairly low. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alyssa Crawford | 1/26/2014

    " This book was 5 stars until the end. I knew when I opened it that I may hate it if it was too agendized -- and it was. I hesitate to give it any stars because it encourages the murder of children who "inconvenience" our lives. (And i'm not exaggerating -- just check out the afterward. i am not really surprised, but i am terrible disappointed. And the author's brief discussion of Catholicism is very inaccurate.) But it is a very well-written book, so i still gave it a couple stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deby | 1/18/2014

    " Not being a sci-fi reader, the book took me a while to get into it. But with Ms. Jordan's extraordinary writing skills, I was soon hooked. Definitely a page turner! Very much enjoyed the read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue Ansell | 1/17/2014

    " Interesting read. A time in the future which may not be too far off at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruwa | 1/15/2014

    " A fantastic modern rendition of The Scarlet Letter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy Lu | 12/2/2013

    " Hallelujah -- dystopia that doesn't reek of crassness and overly wrought science fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charisa Flaherty | 11/29/2013

    " Enjoyable and predictable bi was disappointed that the main character went to Aiden. She was growing as a person, but that was regression. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 11/23/2013

    " Not very well- written, but certainly thought-provoking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen Whalen | 11/9/2013

    " Liked this book from the very beginning. Very puritanical but is out society really the far off from this? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Patti | 10/30/2013

    " Scarlet Letter + Handmaid's Tale x a steaming pile a crap / religious nonsense = this book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angelica Perez | 9/14/2013

    " I enjoyed it a lot...interesting concept "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tarrant Figlio | 6/11/2013

    " Post apocalyptic dystopia fiction with an abortion theme. Alternatively could be titled: What happens when the religious right takes over the government and gets some trippy tech. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brack | 2/2/2013

    " Thought I might be disappointed, but was not in the end. A cat and mouse journey tending towards sentimentality, but still rewarding. I could see it go in several directions but is satisfying in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vickie | 11/2/2012

    " This book which showed a lot of promise in the beginning left me wanting in the end. It has a great premise, makes a strong political statement that will polarize readers and reads easy. It is basically a retelling of the classic Scarlett Letter, but set in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharlane | 10/24/2012

    " Really liked the whole concept of this book. Thought provoking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie D'audney | 7/15/2012

    " Inspired by the Scarlet Letter, the heroine is marked with her crime. This futuristic novel describes life in a society not so very far removed from ours. I enjoyed it immensely. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy Allen | 11/29/2011

    " It would have been better if she would have wrapped up the storyline of some of the other characters better. I hate it when books just leave you hanging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 11/7/2011

    " In the not too distant future, Hannah Payne wakes up to find she has been "chromed," her body turned a crimson color for having an abortion. It is a modern retelling of the Scarlet Letter. Loved the premise and the first part of the story, but not so much the second half. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mia | 11/6/2011

    " Fantastic dystopian re-imagining of The Scarlet Letter. I read it in one sitting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jena | 11/5/2011

    " Overall, an exciting re-imagining, set in a dystopian future, and no 20 page ponderings about a rock. I had a hard time putting it down. 4 stars because there were a few places where a scene seemed too contrived. "

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

    " A fantastic jolt to the left, this well-written novel is Hillary's best. Infused with a bit of humor, the religious undertones throughout should stir emotion in all of us. Loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cara | 11/4/2011

    " Fantastic book. I wanted it to keep going. I loved the world she created in the future without being sci-fi. It's scary that that could be our country some day. I'm' hoping for a sequel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Clee | 11/4/2011

    " Dumb premise. I kept thinking I was at a "red" light version of "Wicked." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 11/4/2011

    " a futuristic novel based in reality. would be a good book for a book club discussion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 11/3/2011

    " Hands Maid Tale meets the Scarlet Letter just not that well done as either book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 11/1/2011

    " Wow! Read it in one night. Couldn't put it down. So much to think about. Would have given it 5 stars, but wasn't thrilled with the ending. "

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About the Author
Author Hillary Jordan

Hillary Jordan is the author of Mudbound, winner of the 2006 Bellwether Prize for fiction and an Alex Award from the American Library Association. She grew up in Dallas, Texas, and Muskogee, Oklahoma, and received her MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. She lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

Heather Corrigan is an actress and narrator. Her audiobook readings include the Pony Scouts series by Catherine Hapka and Mia and the Too Big Tutu by Robin Farley, among others.