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  • The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Scarlet Letter

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Kate Petrie
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    One of the most important novels in classic literature, Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter tackles the subject of adultery, with the notorious Hester Prynne at the forefront of the scandal in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. In the beginning of the novel, Hester is serving time in prison for having a child out of wedlock and is forced to wear a scarlet A on her clothing at all times, so she cannot run from her sin no matter where she goes.

    Gretchen SLP says: "'Thou Wast Not Bold! Thou Wast Not True!'"
  • The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Scarlet Letter

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
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    This powerful story of passion, adultery, honor, and repression caused a tremendous controversy in 1850 when it was published, because of its provocative subject matter. Set in Puritan New England, the novel begins with Hester Prynne, a young woman with an illegitimate baby daughter, leaving prison to face her scornful townsfolk. Forced to wear a scarlet letter "A" to remind people of her adultery, Hester obstinately holds her head high and refuses to reveal the father of her child.

    Sue Q says: "Unbearable quality recording"
  • The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Scarlet Letter

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Ian Lynch
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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.

    Bryan says: "Mediocre reading"
  • The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Scarlet Letter

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
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    It is 1642 in the Puritan town of Boston. Hester Prynne has been found guilty of adultery and has born an illegitimate child. In lieu of being put to death, she is condemned to wear the scarlet letter "A" on her dress as a reminder of her shameful act.

    Aaron Elliott says: "Hasts and Thous"
  • The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Scarlet Letter

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Curtis Sisco
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    Nathaniel Hawthorne’s magnum opus exploring the themes of legalism, sin and guilt.

    Sarah says: "You get what you pay for."
  • The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Scarlet Letter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
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    The story opens in Puritan Boston, a settlement only fifteen or twenty years old. A young woman stands on a scaffold clasping a three-month-old baby. As a married woman with a missing husband and a new baby, Hester Prynne could have been sentenced to death for the crime of adultery. Instead she is condemned to always wear the letter A as a badge of her shame. As she stands there, she sees her long-missing husband, who has been held captive by Indians.

  • The Scarlet Letter: CliffsNotes | Susan Van Kirk, M.Ed.

    The Scarlet Letter: CliffsNotes

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    • By Susan Van Kirk, M.Ed.
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    The CliffsNotes study guide on Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter supplements the original literary work, giving you background information about the author, an introduction to the work, and commentaries, all for you to use as an educational tool that will allow you to better understand the work.

  • The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Scarlet Letter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Annie Wauters
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    A young Puritan woman gives birth to an illegitimate child in 17th-century New England and must endure public condemnation and the burden of a terrible secret.

    Carol A. Rupkalvis says: "Review of The Scarlet Letter"
  • La Letra Escarlata [The Scarlet Letter] | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    La Letra Escarlata [The Scarlet Letter]

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    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Hernando Ivan Cano
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    La apasionante historia de una mujer condenada a llevar sobre su ropa una A escarlata, por haber cometido adulterio, no solo era un agudo analisis de la sociedad seudo-moralista en que vivia el autor sino ademas una obra de argumento interesante, con un profundo retrato de personajes y cuya grandeza nadie ha discutido.

  • The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Scarlet Letter

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    Considered his masterpiece, The Scarlet Letter is Hawthorne's story of Hester Prynne and her daughter, Pearl, conceived through an adulterous affair with a Puritan pastor in 17th century Boston. From start to finish, the book explores the themes of law, guilt, and sin. Since its appearance in 1850, this magnificent book has been a perennial favorite among young and old, though it was extremely controversial when it was first published.

    David Hopkins says: "Awesome!"
  • The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Scarlet Letter

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Charles Minx
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    The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is considered to be one of the greatest examples of true American literature. Its excellency of topic, characterization, and description has made it a permanent part of our history. Set in Salem, Massachusetts in the 1600s, it describes the life of Hester Prynne, a Puritan woman whose existence is marred by sin. The real genius of the book is found in its description.

    judy wiley says: "Narration is awful!"
  • The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Scarlet Letter

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    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Katinka Wolf
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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.

    socorro says: "not so pleased"
  • The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Scarlet Letter

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By John Chatty, Cindy Hardin Killavey
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    Hester Prynne commits adultery in a Puritan settlement and, as a result, is "branded" for the rest of her life by having to wear a scarlet letter "A" on her breast. Throughout the story, a complex relationship develops between Hester, her lover, her husband, and her daughter.

    Cheryl says: "Something Missing"
  • The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Scarlet Letter

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Donada Peters
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    A stark and allegorical tale of adultery, guilt, and social repression in Puritan New England, The Scarlet Letter is a foundational work of American literature. Nathaniel Hawthorne's exploration of the dichotomy between the public and private self, internal passion and external convention, gives us the unforgettable Hester Prynne, who discovers strength in the face of ostracism and emerges as a heroine ahead of her time. As Kathryn Harrison points out in her Introduction, Hester is "the herald of the modern American heroine...."

    Jimmy says: "Disappointed"
  • The Scarlet Letter Society: Scarlet Letter Society Series #1 | Mary T. McCarthy

    The Scarlet Letter Society: Scarlet Letter Society Series #1

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    • By Mary T. McCarthy
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
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    Meet Maggie, Eva, and Lisa, founders of The Scarlet Letter Society. Named as such due to their various infidelities, both physical and emotional, the SLS is their refusal to be shamed like Hester Prynne in Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic tale of forbidden longing. Maggie is twice divorced and juggling three lovers - one of whom is her first ex-husband. Eva is trapped in a loveless marriage and has turned to her young intern and a seductive French chef for satisfaction.

    Sandra Pratt says: "Funny, sexy, and so entertaining!"
  • The Scarlet Letters: Ellery Queen Detective, Book 24 | Ellery Queen

    The Scarlet Letters: Ellery Queen Detective, Book 24

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    • By Ellery Queen
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    Ellery had a simple case. A few days of discreet snooping, some choice advice, and the inimitable sleuth would blithely restore domestic harmony to the millionaire couple Dirk and Martha Lawrence. Then came the scarlet letters. And finally the cryptic clue, scrawled in a murdered man’s blood. A simple case? Unless Ellery did some super-fast sleuthing, he’d have nothing to show but a very scarlet face. The case will drag him all over New York as he hunts for the truth.

    Henry Maicki II says: "An Interesting Twist"
  • The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Scarlet Letter

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Bob Sessions
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    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.

  • The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Scarlet Letter

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Kate Harper
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    This is a troubling story of crime, sin, guilt, punishment and expiation, set in the rigid moral climate of 17th-century New England. The young mother of an illegitimate child confronts her Puritan judges. However, it is not so much her harsh sentence, but the cruelties of slowly exposed guilt as her lover is revealed, that hold the reader enthralled all the way to the book's poignant climax.

    Kathy L Cox says: "A Compelling Story"
  • The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Scarlet Letter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Pat Bottino
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    The Scarlet Letter, published in 1850, is an American romance written by Nathaniel Hawthorne and is generally considered to be his masterpiece. Set in Puritanical Boston in the 17th century, it tells the story of Hester Prynne, who gives birth after committing adultery, refuses to name the father, and struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity. Throughout the novel, Hawthorne explores the issues of grace, legalism, sin, and guilt.

    Beth says: "As good as it can get..."
  • The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Scarlet Letter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Kristen Underwood
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    Set in an early New England colony, the novel shows the terrible impact a single, passionate act has on the lives of three members of the community: the fiery, tortured Reverend Dimmesdale; the obsessed, vengeful Chillingworth; and the defiant Hester Prynne, who, unwilling to name her partner in adultery, is condemned to wear a scarlet "A" on the breast of her gown for the remainder of her life.

    Matthew says: "Classic story, monotone narration"
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