The Scarlet Letter


Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(3.6 stars; 250 reviews)

The story begins in seventeenth-century Salem, Massachusetts, then a Puritan settlement. A young woman, Hester Prynne, is led from the town prison with her infant daughter, Pearl, in her arms and the scarlet letter “A” on her breast. The scarlet letter "A" represents the act of adultery that she has committed; it is to be a symbol of her sin for all to see. She will not reveal her lover’s identity, however, and the scarlet letter, along with her public shaming, is her punishment for her sin and her secrecy. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia) (9 hr 10 min)

Chapters

Introductory: The Custom-House, Part 1 51:22 Read by hefyd
Introductory: The Custom-House, Part 2 46:47 Read by hefyd
The Prison-Door 3:13 Read by librarianite
The Market-Place 20:30 Read by librarianite
The Recognition 21:26 Read by Ana Simão
The Interview 16:55 Read by Ana Simão
Hester at her Needle 21:16 Read by Rebecca P.
Pearl 22:31 Read by Dianne
The Governor's Hall 16:13 Read by Dianne
The Elf-Child and the Minister 18:33 Read by George Pilling
The Leech 22:08 Read by George Pilling
The Leech and his Patient 23:08 Read by hefyd
The Interior of a Heart 17:33 Read by hefyd
The Minister's Vigil 25:53 Read by hefyd
Another View of Hester 20:13 Read by hefyd
Hester and the Physician 15:08 Read by hefyd
Hester and Pearl 15:30 Read by hefyd
A Forest Walk 14:18 Read by Laurie Anne Walden
The Pastor and his Parishioner 26:41 Read by Christina Boyles
A Flood of Sunshine 14:03 Read by rachelellen
The Child at the Brook-Side 16:29 Read by JemmaBlythe
The Minister in a Maze 21:08 Read by Alex Patterson
The New England Holiday 19:01 Read by Laurie Anne Walden
The Procession 29:14 Read by Christina Boyles
The Revelation of the Scarlet Letter 16:42 Read by Christie Nowak
Conclusion 14:44 Read by JemmaBlythe

Reviews


(0.5 stars)

This is why there should only be one reader allowed per book, even if there is five didn't recordings of the same book. Then the reader can choose his or her favorite reader for that story. Arg.

horrible reading


(0.5 stars)

ugh. what a huge letdown. the first reader was wonderful but it is a crushing disappointment to listen to the second reader butcher the English language and distracting to hear the third reader's heavy accent. I had to buy it to hear it

Come on Librivox!


(1 stars)

Pull your socks up and replace the inadequate (and often just sheer ridiculous) readings. We know its a free servuce but thee's no need to allow for the verbal bludgeoning of the world"s literary masterpieces. Remove badly performed work and provide us with ,at t he very least, that which is coherent and not an affront to the ear!

great book, lousy reading


(1 stars)

This is an amazing book, and deserves better treatment. Some readers were great, but some were totally incomprehensible. please.... one reader to a story.

The Scarlet Letter


(3 stars)

Well, I had to read this book for school and even though I didn't enjoy it that much it taught me something. So for that, and that alone, it gets 3 stars and it get to be recommended.

LibriVox Correct your readers!


(1 stars)

Whilst some of the readers on this narrative were fine, many completely ruined the listening experience of this book. The second reader couldn’t use punctuation correctly and repeatedly tripped over his words rendering the text incomprehensible. Why are these readers not checked to see if they can read correctly before allowing them to read for LibriVox? Whilst I understand this is a voluntary role and a free app, there should still e some pride in the work you make available for public use.

A hodgepodge of terrible readings


(0.5 stars)

I get that it's free. I get that English is a second or third language for some. What I fail to grasp is how someone can be published unintelligibly, or how one can sputter and trip over so many words, and be too lazy to go back and fix their damage. Some readers were great, but unfortunately lose their value to horrible coreaders.


(1 stars)

this is not the platform for practicing your 2nd language. honestly I think it's an insult to the author. I'm certain these legendary authors deserve the best narration. I wouldnt complain if I wasn't listening to an English version.the 3rd reader is impossible to understand.