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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.
Hawthorne makes amazing use of symbol and character development.
This is not just a book about adultery punished by a repressive society- it is about guilt and love, secrets and integrity, personal demons and responsibility.
Spoiler Alert(but not giving the book away): The end has a nice little twist that is hard to see coming, but overall it is a very dry read.
This book is the culmination of Hawthorne's writing, his magnum opus. Many of his short works touch on similar themes and the feelings of guilt that we create by our own... Read morePublished 2 days ago by K Cross
it's too bad this book is ruined by giving it to high schoolers, I wouldn't have been able to understand it if I had read it back then. Read morePublished 2 days ago by p
I have always enjoyed reading, but like most reviewers I was forced to read this in high school. so I thought I would read this again now that i'm older. Read morePublished 3 days ago by sherry
This Hawthorne book I reread from earlier times to see if the movie of it was a good representation of the story. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Molly J Turner
Had to read it for class didn't understand the dialects but good concept about social society effect on people and how pPublished 4 days ago by angel cox
It's the classic. You have to put yourself in the prejudices of the time.Published 6 days ago by Gary L.