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The Scarlet Letter (AmazonClassics Edition)

Narrated by: Dick Hill
Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (85 ratings)

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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.

Set in seventeenth-century Massachusetts, Hawthorne’s masterwork was originally subtitled “a romance,” though its themes include the limits of law, the power of religion, and the nature of sin. Equal parts tragic love story and social commentary, The Scarlet Letter brings to life the undying human need to keep secrets.

Revised edition: Previously published as The Scarlet Letter, this edition of The Scarlet Letter (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.

Public Domain (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Ruined by the narration

This shouldn’t reflect on the book itself, as it was a very good book that I have read years ago, but the narrator was so monotone and gave such a lack luster performance that it was really hard to follow along. In places where he should have had some “emotion” or “inflection in his voice” it was just like an ongoing run on sentence type of reading. I got this version because of the low cost, but I’d recommend one that costs a little more and with better narrator. Just my two cents.

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Excellent!

The narrator makes the slightly dry story come alive! I loved it and the voices they did.

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enjoyed

the narrations in my opinion was very good. I love to read. as I've gotten older my eyes are not what they used to be having this read to me with emotion and feeling was such a treat.

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Great book, listen to a different reader

I like this story, but the performance was really difficult to listen to. There was a lot of good emotion that the reader put into it, but at times the volume fluctuated so much it made it very difficult for me to listen to it in my car. I would recommend the book, but I would highly recommend finding a different audio version of it.

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Badly narrated -DNF

It sounded like those electronic voices. I would have strived to finish if not for the actual inability to listen to the narrator.

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Overrated

I found the book to be boring and a struggle to finish at times. One of the few times i have ever thought the movie was better than the book.

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Captivating

A must read, thought worthy classic; Hawthorne has created characters are relatable to our present time.

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  • Emma Holdsworth
  • 03-26-19

cant give great review as couldn't finish it!

sadly I struggled to get into this book from the off. only got a few chapters in and had to leave it there