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The Scarlet Letter (Unabridged)

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Hailed by Henry James as "the finest piece of imaginative writing yet put forth in the country", Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter reaches to our nation's historical and moral roots for the material of great tragedy. 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. With The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne became the first American novelist to forge from our Puritan heritage a universal classic, a masterful exploration of humanity's unending struggle with sin, guilt, and pride.

Customer Reviews

This was a good novel.

The Scarlet Letter was very well-writeen and a fascinated story... if you could stand to read it. I reccomemd the audio book so that you can listen and hear the emotions of the words and understand what's going on.

A Masterpiece of Literature!

I was told many times in my life that this was a completely boring story and not worth reading. However my curiosity got the best of me last year and I sat down and read it. I have no clue why anyone would think this book to be boring or not worth reading, It is one of my favorite stories and is wonderfully written! A must read for anyone! This book really shows the oppressive reality of the time of Puritan culture. Any american should read this book to get a better perspective of where our culture started and to get a much different view of Puritan life other than the Salem witch trials. The heartache and inner turmoil between Rev. Dimsdale and Hester Pryne is written with such beauty and vivid imagery! If you do not have the time to sit down and read the book, then deffinately download it!


If you must read this book I would definitely not purchase this audiobook. I recommend the iTunes U version: its a little shorter, doesn't skip, and the woman's voice does not put me to sleep!

Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter  (Unabridged)
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  • Narrator: Kristen Underwood
  • Published: 2006
  • Category: Romance
  • Provider: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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