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In Condemn Me Not: Accused of Witchcraft, USA Today best-selling author Heather B. Moore brings the life of her 10th great-grandmother to center stage.

Susannah North Martin, accused of witchcraft in 1692, joins five women in the Salem Jail, all sentenced to death for their crimes. Amidst tragedy, Susannah finds hope and compassion as she remembers a well-loved life, and listeners discover that love reaches far beyond the grave as Susannah faces the magistrates in Salem.

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  • DebLynn
  • 05-04-2018

Historical details mesmerize

I appreciated the research integrated throughout the narrative. The juxtaposing of the younger Suzanna's life w the events of the elder condemned prisoner in Salem 1692 effectively creates dramatic tension. Incorporating Puritan mores and pettiness demonstrated by historical facts make these characters believable.
I'd hoped the emotional excitement and yet thought processes of her inexperience during Suzanna's first sexual encounter would have been depicted more intricately, as in so many other incidents she revealed to the reader.
Nancy Peterson's masterful voicing of these characters delighted this listener. Pacing was easy to follow and kept this listener eager to hear more.
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  • Teresa
  • 28-08-2018

Being on the Wrong Side of Righteousness

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When a group of insecure individuals has in its hand the fate of powerless victims, the world becomes dark and ugly. So much for being innocent until proven guilty... In that autocratic and ignorant environment even the innocents are declared guilty of crimes that cannot be proven. The real and unfair witch hunt is revealed in all its squalor and viewed from the eyes of the terrified victims. It's done with pathos and understanding of the situation in which all of the irrational accusations brought terror and death in quaint New England villages and all in the name of hysteria and fanaticism.
The writing is excellent as is the narration. I was transported in a faraway time when to be shunned and accused you only had to be a little different or cross someone in power.

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  • Margaret
  • 29-04-2018

Parts of book are hard to forget

This is the first book I’ve read/listened to by this author and I would gladly listen to another. What a wonderful rendition of an absolutely horrible event.

The author brings personality to the people involved in these tragic events. The chapters flip between Susannah’s life just before she marries, and the events when she’s an old woman in jail (having been charged with witchcraft). Amongst the characters fictional conversations the author quotes letters, trial transcripts and diaries.

Her portrait of Susannah is of a strong willed, self sufficient, loving woman and I can see how such a woman would have conflicts with fellow women of the times that may feel Susanna either needs to conform more or be less assertive. It’s horrible how a personal disagreement could turn into an accusation that puts a persons life at risk.

There were parts of the book that had me smiling and chuckling, and then the sections when I could barely continue listening due to the tears streaming down my face. Especially when Sarah Poole is taken to be hanged and her 4yr old daughter is left behind in the cell.

This is the first book I’ve listened to by this narrator and I would love to listen to another. She brought out the characters personalities so perfectly and the emotion to the good times and injustices.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

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  • Teresa Noel
  • 29-03-2018

What a powerful heartbreaking book

Heather B. Moore has done an amazing job with this book. The book is about some of the women accused and executed during the Salem Witch Trials. She has added historical excerpts and actual facts of these ladies lives, accusations, and executions, including dates.

The chapters switch back and forth between the story of Susannah North Martin, historical excepts, and facts. I have watched several shows on the Salem Witch trials as well as read several books. This is one of the best. Although Susannah's life story may be fiction to some extent the facts about these ladies in the book are some of the best I have read abotu the actual events of 1692.

The audiobook is narrated by Nancy Peterson. her voices grab you and do not let you go. She has done an amazing job with this audiobook.

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  • Rhonda
  • 26-03-2018

Excellent, well-written account of events

Although this was absolutely heartbreaking, I loved it. I have read a lot about the witch trials and even took a college course on the history of witchcraft so I was well aware of what actually happened during those horrible years. That being said, listening to the day to day life being told by someone going through the horror was so much more heartbreaking. The narration was so well done I felt like I was a part of the times and could visualize what was happening. I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

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  • Shoppermom
  • 26-03-2018

Beautiful look at a horrid experience

This was a beautifully written and touching account of one of the women falsely accused, tried, and executed during the Salem witch trials. It was also a story of endearing love, and the author being a descendant of the protagonist is further evidence of the endurance of that love. I received a copy of this audiobook from AudioBoom in exchange for an honest review, and I started it having no real idea what I was getting into, but within minutes I was completely absorbed. I've now ordered a hard-copy of the book as it's a volume I definitely want to add to my keeper shelf.

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  • Tara Alemany, Emerald Lake Books
  • 10-01-2020

Powerful story!

I wasn’t too certain when I first downloaded this audiobook what I would think of it. The Salem witch trials aren’t typically a topic I read about. But this is an amazingly powerful book. It focuses on the main character named Goodie Martin. Each chapter alternates between her life when she was young, followed by a historical extract and then her life as a prisoner awaiting trial after having been condemned as a witch.

The emotional swings of young love as Goodie Martin meets her husband, falls in love, gets married and starts a family contrasts starkly with the dank, fetid darkness of a prison cell and the hopelessness that attends being accused of a crime she didn’t commit, making this book extremely powerful.

The narrator did an amazing job as well creating unique voices for each of the characters at the different ages and stages of their lives.

I highly recommend this book.

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  • Kayla potthoff
  • 09-01-2020

Great read.

I liked this story a lot. I loved how the author included actual historical facts during the story. It was done wonderfully and i always knew what i was listening to. No confusion what so ever. The narrator was a pleasure to listen to. I love how we get to here the story of her life not just the parts after they were accused of witch craft and the people who accused them and punished them. That's been told over and over again but in most stories we are told about their life before or are forgotten. These were people who lived lived lifes and those lifes are forgotten in most accounts. In this story that is not the case. Well done.

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  • Listener
  • 27-08-2018

Loved this book and was sad it was over

Salem witch trials have always interest me.. This is the first Heather B. Moore book I've listened to and it was outstanding, as well as Nancy Peterson's narration of it.

This book goes back and forth between past and present for Susan Martin, as a young woman, meeting her husband, then as an older lady, in prison for witchcraft.

Nancy Peterson's narration of the book was excellent especially as a young Susan, then older Susan.

If you have any interest it this subject, this is a great read and listen.

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  • Heather North @AudiobookObsession
  • 08-05-2018

Fantastic listen!

Loved this book about the Salem Witch Trials. Well developed characters and story. Amazing narrator, she was able to change her tone to match the different ages of the main character throughout the book. I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Kim Norton
  • 17-03-2020

Fantastic, Gripping Story

A fantastic story following a character caught up in the Salem witch trials. Combining factual evidence with fiction makes for a truly gripping story. Great characters and very well read. Hard to stop listening as it was so good.

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