Summary

A stark and allegorical tale of adultery, guilt, and social repression in Puritan New England, The Scarlet Letter is a foundational work of American literature. Nathaniel Hawthorne's exploration of the dichotomy between the public and private self, internal passion and external convention, gives us the unforgettable Hester Prynne, who discovers strength in the face of ostracism and emerges as a heroine ahead of her time. As Kathryn Harrison points out in her Introduction, Hester is "the herald of the modern American heroine, a mother of such strength and stature that she towers over her progeny much as she does the citizens of Salem."
Public Domain (P)2011 Listening Library
Show More Show Less

Critic reviews

"[Nathaniel Hawthorne] recaptured, for his New England, the essence of Greek tragedy." (Malcolm Cowley)
Show More Show Less

Regular price: £24.39

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – choose any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • Free, unlimited access to Audio Shows
  • After your trial, Audible is just £7.99/month
Select or Add a new payment method

Buy Now with 1 Credit

By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

Buy Now for £24.39

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.
No Reviews are Available

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
1 out of 5 stars
By Jimmy on 12-06-11

Disappointed

This audio version of The Scarlet Letter does not contain The Custom House, Hawthorne's important introduction to his novel.

Read more Hide me

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Jackie on 19-06-12

Narrator was great! Story not so much...

Would you try another book from Nathaniel Hawthorne and/or Donada Peters?

I would love to listen to more narrations by Donalda Peters and have enjoyed a few of her other works. Not sure about Nathaniel...

Which scene was your favorite?

The ending

Was The Scarlet Letter worth the listening time?

yes, it's a classic and worth reading/listening,i did not enjoy the story.

Read more Hide me
See all reviews