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.
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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.
"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.
"Trust Me-- Try It!"
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.
When the two lovers decide to leave the harsh world they face daily, and run away together.
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.
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.
"A joy to listen to"
This is among my top three.
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.
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.
There is good use of music for chapter/scene breaks.
"Why do such strong women choose such weenies..."
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.
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.
I have not, but I liked her work.
Why you need to get the heck out of Puritan times.....
This is a great book. I recommend it and know all who read will enjoy.
It is very enjoyable listening.
"Hawthorne is long winded"
Read the cliff notes to this book to fully appreciate the themes that feel like superfluous description
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!
"The Scarlett Letter a must listen"
loved it , it is a great story and very well narrated. there are a few sections that I could have lost interest but those quickly passed
"Hawthorne 's masterpiece."
Should be in every serious collector's library. I have read it at least once a decade and now have enjoyed hearing it read.
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