AudioFile - Find your next great audiobook
Get our Newsletter


by | Read by Shelly Frasier

Classics • 9 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2008

This production of Hawthorne’s classic about sin, guilt, and retribution begins with an introduction called "The Customs House," which tells of the discovery of the pages that contain the title story. (Hawthorne worked in a custom house and sometimes wrote there.) In the novel itself, protagonist Hester Prynne is required to wear a scarlet “A”—for adultery—on the bosom of her dress. Narrator Shelly Frasier fails to bring to life the setting or the characters of either piece. Individual voices have accents that seem affected and do not fit with the characters or the time in which they live. For the introduction in particular, a male narrator would be more appropriate. Overall, Frasier seems bored by the production and is not able to engage the listener. S.S.R. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2008]



Trade Ed. • Tantor Media • 2008

CD ISBN 9781400100606 $42.00 • Eight CDs

MP3-CD ISBN 9781400150601 $20.00 • One MP3-CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources


Library Ed. • Tantor Media • 2008

CD ISBN 9781400130603 $84.00 • Eight CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources

Get our Newsletter
Connect with AudioFile


Thank you for contacting us!

Our group will review and follow up within 72 hours.
Thanks for your interest!

Back Home ×