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The Scarlet Letter Audiobook

The Scarlet Letter

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Savannah 06-23-14
    Savannah 06-23-14
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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Maman 06-16-14
    Maman 06-16-14 Member Since 2017
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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Waterloo, ON, Canada 11-22-12
    Nancy Waterloo, ON, Canada 11-22-12 Listener Since 2010
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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.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    T. Hinton Mentone,Indiana 05-16-12
    T. Hinton Mentone,Indiana 05-16-12 Member Since 2017
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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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    Brittney Militello 03-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic reading!"

    Superbly read! The smooth voice of the reader, Ian, included voice changes for the characters that were not over done. His narrative style matched the historical time of this story. Just wonderful!

    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 2017
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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.


    3 of 4 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

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Donald P. Jane Covington, La USA 11-18-17
    Donald P. Jane Covington, La USA 11-18-17
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    "A Classic Worth Hearing"

    Again Audible only offered 1-star for all three categories. I give this book 4-stars across the board i.e., Overall, Performance, and story.

    There are a few of the classic fiction novels with which I was not impressed. This book is not one in which I am disappointed. It is a wonderful example of the author's masterfully skillful command of the English language and ability in writing a novel that flows effortlessly from idea to idea and from point to point from beginning to the end of the novel. I also cannot go without mentioning wonderful expansive vocabulary. His words were a treat to the ear. He describes a historically inspired story in profound details covering the era and the Puritans with full confidence in his knowledge of both. His explanation of his character's cognitive and emotive forces is wonderfully impeccable and in which I found at no time any cause for a fault on his part. I very much enjoyed the book and I am pleased I have allotted the time in my life for which to give it space to be heard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 10-10-17
    Mary 10-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story. Good narration."

    Great voice, although I didn't love his vocal interruption of the various characters... Personal preference,i suppose. Overall good

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