The Scarlet Letter

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2 out of 5 stars
By Matthew on 27-04-08

Classic story, monotone narration

I was writing an essay that included Hawthorne's classic novel and I wanted to hear it out loud. There are several versions to choose from. If you're interested in listening to the Scarlet Letter, I would not pick this one. There is hardly any inflection in the narrator's voice; she just drones on and on as if she's some kind of machine. Granted this was written in the 19th century, and Hawthorne may be more suited to reading silently in your head. But I can't help but feel someone could pull it off. As for the novel itself, well, it's a work of genius. Hawthorne was interested above all else in the "unpardonable sin."--the violation of the human heart. I've read it about three times, and the ending gets me every time. This is dark, depressing stuff, though, not light beach fare.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By THoward on 23-10-09

First time reader/listener

I knew nothing of this book prior to listening. The ending surprised me and I did not see it coming. The writing is old English and the listener must follow along conscientiously. I really enjoyed the story and the "stone casting" theme of a time not so different than now. I would recommend. Good narration, it may be difficult to follow if road noise is excessive or traffic is raging. Calm Sunday drives should be fine times for listening.

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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By J. Bicknell on 27-02-07

true rendition

this version is well done and true to the original text

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3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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