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The Scarlet Letter is an 1850 novel in a historical setting, written by American author Nathaniel Hawthorne. It is considered to be his "masterwork". Set in 17th-century Puritan Massachusetts Bay Colony, during the years 1642 to 1649, it tells the story of Hester Prynne, who conceives a daughter through an affair and struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity. Throughout the work, Hawthorne explores themes of legalism, sin, and guilt.

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Really good!

Fantastic narration for this literary classic!


I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it

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Grace vs Justice

Hawthorne builds the frame of the story on the travail of a woman accused of adulterous relations. His is a fascinating illustration of values in conflict, and how those conflicts shape us even more than the values themselves.

The end of the story was truthful and poignant in describing the feelings and consequences of the battle, it’s scars and the wisdom gained by those open to the pain of struggle. To those who revel in struggle alone, in revenge and hate, their lives - as illustrated in this story - are grim and wasted.

Regarding the reading I suggest listening to a sample before purchasing. It didn’t detract from the story for me but for some the reader’s sing-song pacing of the sentences and an occasional misplaced accent or pronunciation might prove distracting.

This is not an uncommon fault and may be present in other readings as well in greater degree, so it’s necessary to keep this observation in perspective, in my judgment. I have returned books before on this count, and didn’t sense this rendition of the story required that.

I received this book at no cost on condition that I provide my unbiased review.

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More enjoyable than reading it in High School!!

A beautifully told story about a harsh time in our history. I had to read this in school, like 20yrs ago!! and I could barely a thing about it. Listening to this reading was enjoyable and I was able to let the story sink in.

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The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter
: Nathaniel Hawthorne

It was time to revisit this classic. There is so many emotions touched as the tale progresses.


The narration was well done after I switched to my Kïndle Fire and sped up the reading speed to 1.5, otherwise it felt like it dragged. Jae Huff has a pleasant voice.



I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.