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Grade 9-Up Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic novel of Puritanism giving rise to twisted gender politics, hypocrisy, and strength of character in the face of public scorn is well realized in this reading by Annie Wauters. She gives individual tone and rhythm to each of the main characters, while keeping the passages of narrative relatively uninflected. While this suits the author's own sometimes dry writing, it means that listeners must get to the second hour before the story truly gets underway. Since this lengthy forepart fits almost entirely onto the first disk, and each chapter is clearly marked as to track number on the packaging, it is possible to simply skip ahead rather than give up what becomes a delightfully lively listening experience once the romance gets going. Because the reading adheres so entirely to the print in spirit as well as in word, this is an excellent choice for students who cannot access print or who would like to accomplish college prep reading while undertaking other activities. Sturdy packaging makes this a shelf ready purchase.
Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA
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"[Nathaniel Hawthorne] recaptured, for his New England, the essence of Greek tragedy." --Malcolm Cowley --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.See all Editorial Reviews
I read this book for my AP English class, and if I'd just read it for fun, I don't think I would've completely understood the plot. That being said, it was an alright book. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Maelyn
A great old classic! I love the Oxford Worlds Classics editions of the old books!Published 16 days ago by Emma's reviews
Our youngest daughter is reading this book for her English III class this school year so I decided that I had better re-read it as well. I am glad that I did. Read morePublished 17 days ago by E. Ervin
Re read after 30+ years with a completely different perspective. Hawthorne puts you in the scene as if standing by as an invisible observer.Published 19 days ago by Freddie Morris