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The Scarlet Letter | [Nathaniel Hawthorne]

The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, magnum opus, tells the story of Hester Prynne, who gives birth two years after separation from her husband and is condemned to wear the scarlet letter A on her breast as punishment for her adultery. She resists all attempts of the 17th century Boston clergy to make her reveal the name of her child’s father while she struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity.
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The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, magnum opus, tells the story of Hester Prynne, who gives birth two years after separation from her husband and is condemned to wear the scarlet letter A on her breast as punishment for her adultery. She resists all attempts of the 17th century Boston clergy to make her reveal the name of her child’s father while she struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity.

(P)2011 Cherry Hill Publishing

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    Bryan DEXTER, MO, United States 09-24-12
    Bryan DEXTER, MO, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Mediocre reading"

    The story itself drags on and could easily be condensed into a short story. The reader attempts to vary his pitch for various characters, but comes across grating.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    T. Hinton Rochester, IN, United States 05-16-12
    T. Hinton Rochester, IN, United States 05-16-12 Member Since 2011

    I have been married to my wonderful husband for almost 30 years. I love reading - romance, adventure... Captain Blood is really great!

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    "Why do such strong women choose such weenies..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it is well done. The preformance was very good and the story was excellent. You really appreciate that we do not live in Puritan times and its double standard.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hester She put up with a lot from a lot of very weak men and entire town of small minded people. I hate the end (spoiler alert) that she returns to the town. I feel bad that she lived her life this way when she could have had more. She certainly could have picked both a better husband and a more manly lover. The Reverand is so weak he is pathetic.


    Have you listened to any of Ian Lynch’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but I liked her work.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Why you need to get the heck out of Puritan times.....


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Waterloo, ON, Canada 11-22-12
    Nancy Waterloo, ON, Canada 11-22-12 Member Since 2010

    I love learning, teaching, and exploring!

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    "Consider a different version"

    I think I would have enjoyed this audiobook more if I had purchased a different version. I wasn't very impressed with the narrator, whose voice was often inexpressive. The language was so beautiful and eloquent, but the narration seemed very amateurish. I would recommend at least listening to a sample of this version or trying to find a different version all together.

    The story was a little bit hard to relate to since it takes place in a time with very different values and ideas about sin and punishment than today.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Maman MN 06-16-14
    Maman MN 06-16-14 Member Since 2014

    Bunnyhuggin'treelovin'perfumesniffin'cakeeatin'classicsreadin'poshspeakin'cleverclogs.

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    "A joy to listen to"
    Where does The Scarlet Letter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is among my top three.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that that the story unfolds so beautifully. Although you know what is going to happen from the beginning it is very compelling and has lots of very lovely moments.


    What about Ian Lynch’s performance did you like?

    I think the narrator made this perfect. He uses appropriate tone, pronunciation and pacing of delivery for the period in which the novel is based. The different characters- male/female/child whilst easily differentiated are not made into an over the top performance. First class narrator.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    There is good use of music for chapter/scene breaks.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Concord, NC, United States 09-24-12
    David Concord, NC, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a great book. I recommend it and know all who read will enjoy.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It is very enjoyable listening.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Savannah 06-23-14
    Savannah 06-23-14

    I love to read, go figure!

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    "Trust Me-- Try It!"
    Where does The Scarlet Letter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the first audible I have listened to, and it is wonderful! The narration was great, and the plot was deep, but not beyond understanding.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Scarlet Letter?

    When the two lovers decide to leave the harsh world they face daily, and run away together.


    What does Ian Lynch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I will be honest. This book would be a hard read. It is decently old, and the language can be difficult (although, as an 8th grader, I have read harder, so it isn't impossible). But, listening to it made it so that you could understand what was happening, even if you didn't understand the sentence.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Be brave, and try it. This is my new favorite book! Even though it is old, it will have you on the edge of your seat one moment, and swept off your feet the next. It is romantic (and, in my opinion, romance is better with old English aka. Pride and Prejudice) and sometimes creepy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen 02-04-13
    Colleen 02-04-13
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    "Hawthorne is long winded"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Scarlet Letter to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Read the cliff notes to this book to fully appreciate the themes that feel like superfluous description

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    HIYBRID 02-09-13
    HIYBRID 02-09-13
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    "Gimme an "A"! what zat spell"

    I felt required to read this because it is a part of history. I don't like the repressive-ness of the described society. Found it hard to take. If that sticks in your craw avoid this. But in it's defense it is historically a significant piece of literature that paints a portrait of human nature seeking free air. In that way I guess it is inspiring. On the other hand (no pun intended) I do not find it necessary to read explicit description of knife cuts to the fingers while cooking to process food safely. This is a bit obtuse but I did not find it an uplifting story. Sorry Nate.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ronda 01-15-13
    Ronda 01-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Depressing."

    I didn't like the stupid choices the character made and the outcomes. It was a completely depressing book. I went on line and read the Cliff notes on the book to see what happened. Glad I did. Depressing. Would rather not listen to it. This was my first Hawthorne book and will probably be my last. I didn't care for the reader's voices either.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    J Riverton, WV, United States 06-11-13
    J Riverton, WV, United States 06-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic"

    Good listen, a little difficult to follow at times but well worth the time. Good narrator.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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