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The Minister's Black Veil

Written by: Nathaniel Hawthorne
Narrated by: Basil Rathbone
Length: 31 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Basil Rathbone reads Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story about the minister of a small town who suddenly and without explanation starts to wear a black veil.
Public Domain (P)2009 Saland Publishing

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  • Hartman
  • 09-03-14

Skips around frequently!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator skipped entire chunks of the story, which was very frustrating when I was using this during class. I wanted the students to follow along in their books but it was difficult when it would just jump over whole paragraphs.

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  • Melissa
  • 14-04-11

Importance of narrator's voice

The narration is lacking in cohesiveness and flow. Pauses are inappropriate and unnatural. I feel as if this was the narrator's first read through of the story. For a positive, it is the unabridged text read completely, just not well.