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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 (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.

    Maman says: "A joy to listen to"
  • The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Scarlet Letter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
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    The red letter A on her dress marks young mother Hester Prynne among her Puritan neighbors, who demand to know who fathered her child. Rumors swirl, but the shunned and shamed Hester keeps her secret - and his - for years, until a guilt-ridden confession reveals the truth, with unexpected consequences.

  • The House of the Seven Gables | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The House of the Seven Gables

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
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    In a sleepy little New England village stands a dark, weather-beaten, many-gabled house. This brooding mansion is haunted by a centuries-old curse that casts the shadow of ancestral sin upon the last four members of the distinctive Pyncheon family of Salem.

    E. Pearson says: "A Classic Thriller"
  • The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Scarlet Letter

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Nancy Peterson
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    Hester Prynne settles in a little town in Puritan-era Massachusetts while awaiting her husband's arrival from England. Hester becomes pregnant, exposing her sin in the eyes of the townsfolk. Her penalty: wearing an embroidered A on her bosom for the remainder of her life. When Hester's husband arrives in the town anticipating a joyous reunion with his young wife, he instead begins a cankering quest to uncover the father of Hester's child.

    Vickie says: "The scarlet letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne"
  • 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"
  • Tanglewood Tales | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    Tanglewood Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Walter Zimmerman
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    Nathaniel Hawthorne has taken some of the most striking and exciting Greek legends and adapted them for young readers. In this retelling, Hawthorne maintains the conceptions held by the original authors. This collection includes "The Minotaur", "The Pygmies", "The Dragon's Teeth", "Circe's Palace", "The Pomegranate Seeds", and "The Golden Fleece".

    Lyle C Brown says: "Robotic reading...at best."
  • 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 House of the Seven Gables | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The House of the Seven Gables

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
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    From the author of The Scarlet Letter comes a landmark of American literature, an embodiment of the greed which can compel people to treacherous actions. Hawthorne's The House of the Seven Gables is a study of guilt and renewal from generation to generation. At the time of the Salem witch trials, the patriarch of the Pyncheon family finds himself so covetous of his neighbor’s property that he is led to sinister deeds, turning the community against his neighbor who is ultimately hanged for witchcraft. Though his plot to acquire the land is successful, the dying man's curse on the Pyncheon family comes true generation upon generation. That is, until six generations later when the long-hidden truth is revealed…. This novel is part of Brilliance Audio's extensive Classic Collection, bringing you timeless masterpieces that you and your family are sure to love.

  • Rappaccini's Daughter | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    Rappaccini's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 28 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Steven Jay Cohen
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    Young Giovanni arrives in Padua to discover a lush and mysterious garden on the estate of the mysterious Doctor Rappaccini. Amidst the verdant and exotic foliage, Giovanni finds love in the form of Beatrice - the Doctor's daughter. What deadly secret does the young girl and her father keep hidden?

    Charles S. Houser says: "Not as I remembered it, but very good"
  • The House of Seven Gables | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The House of Seven Gables

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Joan Allen
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    A dark, many-gabled mansion in a small New England village houses the distinguished Pyncheon family, who are haunted by a centuries-old curse that casts the shadow of ancestral sin on its last four members. The arrival of Phoebe Pyncheon from the country breathes fresh air and sunshine into their musty, decaying home.

  • The Scarlet Letter (Dramatized) | Nathaniel Hawthorne,Thomas J. Cox

    The Scarlet Letter (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 20 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne, Thomas J. Cox
    • Narrated By Shirley Anderson, David Catlin, Raymond Fox, and others
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    Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic masterpiece The Scarlet Letter is set in 17th century Salem, Massachusetts, and concerns the public condemnation of Hester Prynne, who bears an illegitimate child. However, the story is not about adultery, nor is it specifically about sin. Rather it traces the effect of actual and symbolic sin on the mind and spirit of each character.

    Tammy says: "Great Version for People With Attention Deficit"
  • Great American Suspense | Edgar Allan Poe,Nathaniel Hawthorne,Ambrose Bierce, more

    Great American Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ambrose Bierce, and others
    • Narrated By Geraint Wyn Davies
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    Immerse yourself. Savor the best storytelling from the greatest authors of the supernatural. The haunting language and brilliant rendition create an extraordinary atmosphere.

  • 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"
  • Tanglewood Tales | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    Tanglewood Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Al Bedrosian, Glenna Mills, Lou Spiegel, and others
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    Nathaniel Hawthorne masterfully grabs the imagination of children with these timeless tales of adventure based on the incomparable Greek mythological heroes' escapades. Children will enter a world of magic and intrigue as they face ferocious beasts, clever enchantresses, and tricky gods, alongside the greatest heroes of all time.

    Mary says: "The last story is incomplete!"
  • The House of Seven Gables | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The House of Seven Gables

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Roslyn Alexander
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    The House of the Seven Gables is a fixture in Salem - and seemingly fixed in time. As the ancestral home of the Pyncheon family, its current mistress is Hepzibah Pyncheon, who has retreated behind a wall of false gentility. But into these dreary surroundings comes Phoebe, a country cousin whose youthful energy and sense of romance bring renewed life to the family.

    Rush2112 says: "Not for Me"
  • Young Goodman Brown | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    Young Goodman Brown

    • UNABRIDGED (40 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By B.J. Harrison
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    How long would you walk, if the Devil sauntered up to you of an evening, and journeyed alongside of you? Young Goodman Brown is led by the Devil to a midnight ritual, where fire, blood, and water change his opinions of the nature of humanity.

    Tony says: "Classic"
  • The Scarlet Letter (Adaptation): Oxford Bookworms Library | Nathaniel Hawthorne,Jennifer Bassett (adaptation)

    The Scarlet Letter (Adaptation): Oxford Bookworms Library

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne, Jennifer Bassett (adaptation)
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
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    Scarlet is the colour of sin, and the letter ’A’ stands for ’Adultery’. In the 1600s, in Boston, Massachusetts, love was allowed only between a husband and a wife. A child born outside marriage was a child of sin. Hester Prynne must wear the scarlet letter on her dress for the rest of her life. How can she ever escape from this public shame? What will happen to her child, growing up in the shadow of the scarlet letter? The future holds no joy for Hester Prynne.

    jmgariepy says: "Ug. Adaption."
  • A Wonder Book: Greek Mythology Come Alive | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    A Wonder Book: Greek Mythology Come Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Bobbie Frohman
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    The colorful characters from Greek mythology come alive in exciting adventures captured by the author of The House of the Seven Gables and The Scarlet Letter. Ride Pegasus, open Pandora' Box, kill Medea with her head of many snakes, join Hercules as he flexes his muscles and King Midas as he turn his daughter into gold. The stories, moral in tone, are totally riveting.

    Dianna says: "TERRIBLE narrator!!!!!"
  • The Great Stone Face and Other Tales of the White Mountains | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Great Stone Face and Other Tales of the White Mountains

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Roger Melin
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    A collection of four short stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the common theme of which is New Hampshire's White Mountains. Consists of: "The Great Stone Face", written in 1850 and revolves around the "Old Man of the Mountain" (Cannon Mtn.) in New Hampshire which sadly collapsed on May 3, 2003; "The Ambitious Guest", written in 1835; "The Great Carbuncle", written in 1837; and "Sketches From Memory", written sometime prior to "The Great Carbuncle" as will become obvious.

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