The Scarlet Letter

  • by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Narrated by Cindy Hardin Killavey, John Chatty
  • 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Hester Prynne commits adultery in a Puritan settlement and, as a result, is "branded" for the rest of her life by having to wear a scarlet letter "A" on her breast. Throughout the story, a complex relationship develops between Hester, her lover, her husband, and her daughter. This recording does not include Hawthorne's essay, "The Customs House".


Audible Editor Reviews

This classic novel of adultery in 17th-century Boston, Nathaniel Hawthorne's best-known work, is given new life in this performance. While this is an older recording with a sound quality that's less than sharp at times, performers John Chatty and Cindy Hardin Killavey are excellent actors whose voices convey real dramatic depth. Although much of the setting and events may seem old-fashioned to modern listeners, the themes of loneliness, passion, guilt, remorse, and fortitude remain relevant, as does Hawthorne's excellent writing.


What the Critics Say

"In a clear, distinct style, the narrators bring the difficult words and phrases to life; their delivery fosters the stern, forlorn atmosphere associated with Puritan New England. This technically excellent recording is recommended as a classic." ( Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Spoiled by slight background noise

What did you like best about The Scarlet Letter? What did you like least?

I liked both the story and the language used.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hester. She was loyal, brave and honest. She was above her detractors who were hypocrites of high order.

Have you listened to any of John Chatty and Cindy Hardin Killavey ’s other performances? How does this one compare?


Did The Scarlet Letter inspire you to do anything?

It knocked another nail in the coffin of religion for me.

Any additional comments?

Enjoyed the telling in the main. There was a slight background noise which was irritating

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- F. Wynn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-04-2006
  • Publisher: Jimcin Recordings