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Gr 8 Up-Actress Elizabeth McGovern reads this acceptable abridgement with precise, clear diction. Her expressive voice is pleasant, effectively using breath sounds and pauses to recreate dramatic moods. Her usually quick tempo keeps the text from being ponderous, but it can be slower when necessary. Given the time period of the original work, her formal tone is appropriate. Her speech changes slightly for the different characters, but there is not much dialogue. The abridgement retains the continuity of the story. Consider purchasing this version for special education students who can't handle the longer, original text.-Claudia Moore, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
Nathaniel Hawthorne's gift for style is indefatigable. Throughout the novel, his command of language delivers masterful prose dense with descriptive power. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Oakenquill
An amazing story about social stigma and humanity in general. Was a fantastic read and one of my all time favorites. Would definitely pick up and read again!Published 3 days ago by Brent
The story is solid. Unfortunately, Hawthorne chose sentence structures that were needlessly complex - even for his time. It felt as if he was trying to appeal to only the educated.Published 4 days ago by Joseph R Littrell