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The Scarlet Letter (version 2)

Gelesen von Cori Samuel

(4,616 Sterne; 584 Bewertungen)

This book tells the story of Hester Prynne, a young woman who conceives a child while her husband is missing at sea. The Puritan Elders of the New England settlement of Boston, where she lives, condemn her to wear a scarlet letter A to signify her adultery. She refuses to name her lover, and he too keeps his silence, but with a terrible cost.

The tale is prefaced with an account of the Salem Custom-house where Nathaniel Hawthorne was working when he began writing The Scarlet Letter. Summary by Cori Samuel (9 hr 25 min)


00a - The Custom-House—Introductory to 'The Scarlet Letter'


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00b - The Custom-House—Continued


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00c - The Custom-House—Concluded


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01 - The Prison-Door


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02 - The Market-Place


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03 - The Recognition


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04 - The Interview


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05 - Hester at Her Needle


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06 - Pearl


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07 - The Governor's Hall


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08 - The Elf-Child and the Minister


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09 - The Leech


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10 - The Leech and His Patient


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11 - The Interior of a Heart


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12 - The Minister's Vigil


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13 - Another View of Hester


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14 - Hester and the Physician


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15 - Hester and Pearl


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16 - A Forest Walk


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17 - The Pastor and His Parishioner


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18 - A Flood of Sunshine


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19 - The Child at the Brook-side


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20 - The Minister in a Maze


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21 - The New England Holiday


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22 - The Procession


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23 - The Revelation of the Scarlet Letter


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24 - Conclusion


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(4 Sterne)

Awesome reader!!! I could hear every book read by her. Sad story but really good.

My Impressed Eyes!!!

(5 Sterne)

Well I haven't listened yet as I was reading the reviews first between this version and the other with various readers. I unlike many Librivox listeners enjoy multi reader book readings. I however greatly disapprove of the harsh reviews so many throw around at the readers that offer their time to us at no cost. I was SO VERY IMPRESSED with the incredibly kind words that the listeners had to say about about Cori Samuel and her rendition of The Scarlet Letter. Even though the other version was slanderized horribly I still haven't decided but you're words certainly have given me a great day indeed.

Pretty good

(3 Sterne)

Story: The introduction almost made me give up on this story because it was so long and awful. However, after the actual story began, I found myself intrigued. It was an enjoyable listen even though I must admit that not a whole lot actually happens in the story. Narration: Ms. Samuel does an outstanding job as usual. My only issue were quite a few words that she pronounced differently than how I am used to. I am not sure, however, if that is because she pronounced them wrong or if those words are pronounced differently where she is from. I believe she is British, and I am American. Even so, everything was very clearly heard and easy to understand.


(5 Sterne)

Everyone should read Scarlet Letter. We mustn't forget mistakes our ancestors made in dealing with those who break our rules. Only love can heal the broken hearted...not condemnation. These puritans blew scripture all out of shape...made it a big club to injure. The preachure finally did right at the end though.

A wonderful tale of sin and repentance

(5 Sterne)

I remember reading this book in High School and really enjoying it. What fun to come back and find that it's still as good as I remember. I'm sure much of that's due to the fantastic narrator and here brilliant characterization. Hawthorne has a definite tendency to break away and give more details than one might want but this audio version makes even the more tedious descriptions interesting. I especially enjoyed the end, the fact that such a dark story of sin can leave me praising God for mercy - Bravo

a perfect reading of Hawthorne’s most well known novel

(5 Sterne)

Hawthorne’s classic is better studied using the folks at LibriVox. It has been read and studied for over 250 years but it’s popularity waned in part due to the success of Uncle Tom’s Cabin but also because it’s not an easy book to read. That was why I tried to use a reading and mostly followed along this time. The folks at LibriVox provide a number of great voices and unlike Audible etc it’s free of charge. An American classic with a stellar reading all for free. Well done!

boring book - excellent reader

(3 Sterne)

all 3 stars go to the reader. a fantastic job. great volume and pausing and voicing of characters. the book however, is boring. from the first few scenes described you have story plot figured out. sometimes thats okay, because even if you know where the story is going - you can enjoy the journey. but not in this story, long drawn out thoughts though some excellent detailed descriptions. really just a book to read to help understand early puritan superstitions and beliefs.

Excellent reader, good story

(2,5 Sterne)

This is one of those classic tales that I never read in high school. Now, that I am legally blind, I am reading many find books through Librivox. This was a fine story and I certainly enjoyed the reading. While I have appreciate all who donate their time to read for Librivox, I truly appreciate the readers who understand the language and give the characters some heart and warmth. This reader did just that. She is excellent!