The Scarlet Letter (unabridged)

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Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Scarlet Letter

Read by Adam Sims


The Scarlet Letter is one of the great classics of American literature. Set in the harsh Puritan environment of 17th-century Boston, it describes the plight of Hester Prynne, an independent-minded woman who stands alone against society. Having given birth to a child after an illicit affair, she refuses to name the father and is forced to wear the letter ‘A’, for Adulteress, embroidered on her dress.

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  • Running Time: 8 h 44 m

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    Digital ISBN:978-1-78198-163-4
    Cat. no.:NA0323
    Download size:200 MB
    Produced by:Red Apple Creative
    Edited by:Red Apple Creative
    Released:September 2018
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With a sympathetic, straightforward approach, narrator Adam Sims allows listeners to discover for themselves the many layers of keen observation, humour, history, and social commentary that Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1850 classic has to offer. The story is familiar. Single, dignified Hester Prynne is punished for having become pregnant by having an ‘A’, for adultery, sewn on her dress in 1640s Puritan New England. Finding the sly wit in Hawthorne’s words, Sims excels at capturing the voices and emotions of the loutish governor, the dithering minister, and the precocious child. All that holds us back is the wordy 19th-century prose, and here is the beauty of audiobooks: You can sit back, listen, and allow Sims to do the heavy reading, bringing you all the hidden treasures of this American original.

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