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The Witches Audiobook

The Witches: Salem, 1692

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It began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's daughter started to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before 19 men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death. The panic spread quickly, involving the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony. Neighbours accused neighbours, parents accused children, husbands accused wives, children accused their parents, and siblings each other.

Vividly capturing the dark, unsettled atmosphere of 17th-century America, Stacy Schiff's magisterial history draws us into this anxious time. She shows us how a band of adolescent girls brought the nascent colony to its knees and how quickly the epidemic of accusations, trials, and executions span out of control. Above all, Schiff's astonishing research reveals details and complexity that few other historians have seen.

Every detail of colonial life just decades after the first landing - family, farming, praying, housekeeping, dangers of life at wilderness's edge, estrangement from England, the pressures of a life dominated by Biblical thought - is rendered with a clarity that makes almost inconceivable events comprehensible. As psychologically thrilling as it is historically seminal, as magnificently written as it is deeply researched, The Witches breathes new life into one of history's most enduring mysteries.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2015 Stacy Schiff (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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    Alysia 27/08/2016
    Alysia 27/08/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "No good for a light hearted book club read."

    I felt there was no plot or main characters to cling to. Way too many footnotes. It should remain a reference book. I have no doubt the author has managed to collate every fact there is to know about Salem, but it for any make for an enjoyable read.

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  • A. Welch
    Manchester, England
    24/09/16
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    "One of America's maddest and saddest moments"
    Where does The Witches rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Witches is a factual account of the Salem Witch Trials in 1692. It describes the backgrounds of the girls and men and women who made the accusations, and also of the accused. A riveting story of how the constraints of puritan society, politics, and contempt for outsiders ripped a community apart.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I didn't really have a favourite character - there were people who I felt deeply sorry for, particular the first group of women who were taken to the scaffold.


    What does Eliza Foss bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I'm not sure where her accent is from but it matched the account very well. Although it was a factual description, her telling made it more of a story. She brought the characters to life.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Firstly when the women were taken to be hanged. Later there was a very sad description of a pastor who was crushed to death. Both moved me to tears.


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  • NormaCenva
    London, UK.
    30/08/16
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    "Depressing but really good!"

    This is not an easy read at all, but if you have time and are not easily upset, try reading this book. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. Plus, the AudioBook version is great presentation in itself, and has some extra material added. This is a study of an endurance known to most people as a historical fact. It is done with diligence and attention. In the end, it is not only educational but both emotional and thought provoking.

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  • linda
    20/11/16
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    "bored"

    I love story's about witches. but think maybe if someone else had read the story I would have enjoyed it better, I'm going to read it myself to see if it's any better.

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