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  • 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.

    Savannah says: "Trust Me-- Try It!"
  • 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 House of the Seven Gables  | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The House of the Seven Gables

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 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 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 (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.

    Jacob Thompson says: "Ruined by the narration"
  • The House of the Seven Gables (AmazonClassics Edition) | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The House of the Seven Gables (AmazonClassics Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
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    A portrait of Colonel Pyncheon looms over his family in the house of the seven gables - an ominous reminder of the curse he left behind over a century ago. The shadow still falls over the New England mansion's current residents, siblings Clifford and Hepzibah - unless they can expose the one secret that offers an escape from the hex. Set in seventeenth- and nineteenth-century Massachusetts, Nathaniel Hawthorne's gothic tale was inspired by the Salem Witch Trials and by a family home that still stands today.

  • Twice Told Tales | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    Twice Told Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By George Doyle
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    Hawthorne published several short stories in various periodicals, which he collected in 1837 as "Twice-Told Tales". Much of his writing is placed in New England, many works featuring moral allegories with a Puritan inspiration. His fiction works are considered to be part of the Romantic movement, and more specifically, Dark romanticism. His themes often center on the inherent evil and sin of humanity, and his works often have moral messages and deep psychological complexity. This edition contains 40 short stories.

  • 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"
  • 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.

    LostContacts says: "Perfect"
  • 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 Birthmark | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Birthmark

    • UNABRIDGED (43 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Andrea Giordani
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    Aylmer has a great career as a scientist and a beautiful new wife, Georgiana. There’s only one problem - Georgiana has a small red birthmark on her cheek. Aylmer grows increasingly disgusted with the birthmark and becomes obsessed with removing the one thing barring his wife from perfection. 

    Reademandweep says: "Disappointed. Reader is completely wrong for this book "
  • Young Goodman Brown | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    Young Goodman Brown

    • UNABRIDGED (37 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Andrea Giordani
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    In this classic tale, the young Puritan Goodman Brown heads into the woods for a meeting with the devil. His world turns on its head, however, when he sees who else has gathered for the satanic ceremony. 

  • The Scarlet Letter: +Bonus Books | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Scarlet Letter: +Bonus Books

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Korey Samuel, Benjamin Brown
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    In this program you will receive an unabridged recording of The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne. You will also receive the following bonus audiobooks: Love and Friendship, by Jane Austin. A satirical romance audiobook. Aunt Crete's Emancipation, by Grace Livingston Hill. A sweet older woman, who acts as a domestic servant to her sisters, finds herself in a peculiar situation when she is home alone and a "backwoods" cousin arrives at the front door. And more...

  • The Scarlet Letter (Annotated) | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Scarlet Letter (Annotated)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Cori Samuel
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    The Scarlet Letter: A Romance, an 1850 novel, is a work of historical fiction written by American author Nathaniel Hawthorne. The book 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 book, Hawthorne explores themes of legalism, sin, and guilt. 

  • 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!"
  • 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"
  • Dr. Heidigger's Experiment | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    Dr. Heidigger's Experiment

    • UNABRIDGED (25 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Jack Benson
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    Old Dr. Heidigger calls a few of his friends together to try a new "elixer of life" designed to make them all young again. The results are not what any of them had bargined for and, as is often the case with Hawthorne, the story teaches a valuable lesson.

    Oregon Yarn Addict says: "Greedy Selfish People are SO immature"
  • The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Scarlet Letter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Jae Huff
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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.

    Not anybody special says: "Grace vs Justice"
  • 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!!!!!"
  • Great American Short Stories: Volume 2 | Nathaniel Hawthorne,O. Henry,Mark Twain

    Great American Short Stories: Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne, O. Henry, Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Walter Covell
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    This second collecton of great American short stories includes titles by Mark Twain, O. Henry, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

    Empowerment says: "Another good set"
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