The Scarlet Letter: A Romance tells the story of Hester Prynne, who conceives a daughter through an affair and then struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity. Containing a number of religious and historic allusions, the book explores themes of legalism, sin, and guilt. Now you can enjoy it anywhere and anytime with the audiobook version shared non-profit on Free Audiobooks Online.
A great historical fiction you shoud not miss out – The Scarlet Letter: A Romance audiobook
The Scarlet Letter audiobook is the story of a “fallen” woman, her furious (and undercover) husband, and a charming young clergyman with a dreadful secret. A throng gathers in Puritan Boston, Massachusetts to watch Hester Prynne, a young lady who has given birth to a baby of unknown origin, be punished. Her penalty included three hours of public humiliation on the scaffold, as well as wearing the scarlet “A” for the rest of her life. Many of the ladies in the audience are enraged by Hester’s beauty and quiet dignity as she approaches the scaffold. Hester refuses to reveal the father of her kid when pressed and bribed. Hester observes a little, malformed guy among the crowd and identifies him as her long-lost husband, who had been assumed drowned at sea. When the husband notices Hester’s humiliation, he inquires about her from a guy in the throng, and is given the story of his wife’s infidelity. He screams passionately that the child’s father, who was a co-conspirator in the adulterous deed, should also be punished, and he swears to track out the man. To help him in his quest, he assumes a new identity, Roger Chillingworth.
You are not going to enter a land of wonder and magic when you are handed The Scarlet Letter audiobook at the age of fourteen or fifteen and open those pages. Instead, you’re plunged into a merciless psychological excavation, similar to the fetal pig dissection you underwent in biology. You must slog through phrases that stick to you like brambles and deduce meaning from Hawthorne’s overuse of colors and symbols. It’s difficult not to despise the concept of picking up a book towards the end.
The Scarlet Letter audiobook is set in 1642 and includes a number of real-life characters and allusions to real-life events in Hawthorne’s attempt to give veracity. The Scarlet Letter covers seven years, despite being only over 200 pages long, as the stoic, secluded Hester proudly endures her disgrace and eventually works her way back into the good graces of her town. This results in little more than a slightly less-grim grimace when she goes through town, considering her village is made up of Puritans. The book is known for its overdone and theatrical ending sequences, which bear little similarity to reality. Even with the backdrop in mind – a time when normally normal men and women thought that witches flew over their heads every night — Hester, Roger, and especially Arthur are tremendously operatic. They’re so theatrical that you could be forgiven for believing you’ve walked away from Hawthorne’s haunted New England and ended up in Dostoyevsky’s St. Petersburg.
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