Excellent for a first book! I loved the way she weaved history into the story. I think she would have been able to open up the book to a bigger audience if she had not used so much technical, or "bookish" language in her descriptive parts. Overall, I loved it and hope to read her next book!
I spent a lot of time marveling at how dense this Harvard PhD student was. She had to be hit in the head a million times by obvious things that she should have known just through study in her own field of "expertise." The weak story was made worse by the writing style. The reader was led through excruciatingly detailed renditions of the most mundane things -- just walking into a building and opening a door took minutes of narration. I often lost interest and my mind began wandering, returning some time later only to realize that I hadn't missed a thing. And that postscript!
The strong point for me was the narrator. She did a great job.
I loved the story line. I was kept interested to the very end. The narrator was very good. The only thing I really didn't like was in between each chapter this hokey music played. It kind of sounded like a 70's soap opera soundtrack music. Very cheesy.
Although the story started to drag towards the end, I really enjoyed this book. I loved the back and forth between the past and the present and the intertwining of the two. The characters catch your interest and keep it throughout.
A waste of money on what I thought might be a promising listen. Very boring. Never gets off the ground so to speak. I stopped listening about a third of the way through.
This book sat on my wish list far too long! Now that I finally read it, I was sad to learn Katherine Howe has no other books posted on audible.com.
I really enjoyed this one. I saw it on the summer reading list in Real Simple and decided to check it out. I found myself getting excited to listen to this one and couldn't wait to get back to it every time I put it away. Great narration as well.
I enjoyed this story, it was a fun listen especially heading in to the autumn but either I am an especially cunning listener or the story was a bit obvious. Still just because you figure out the mystery pretty early on it doesn't make it less interesting to listen to. The historical aspect was very interesting and (I have no idea but guessed) was well researched.
I had to fast forward, used lots of words to basically say nothing and not add anything to the plot. The book went at a snails pace and then went nowhere.I was very disappointed, seemed like it would have been better.
The idea for this novel was good it's the way it is carried out that is a problem.The parallel story lines opened the story to a lot of repetition which quickly bothered me as I listened to this audiobook.The writer Kathrine Howe is also overdescribes when it really isn't necessary . I didn't really like the lead character Connie either . She was as other reviewers have wrote is dumb for a PHD candiate. For me honestly there were no characters that I cared about .It made it hard for me to get through the book.The author did a through job of researching the history of the witch trails that you can hear throughout the only really interesting story of the colonial witches.The endings for both stories were somewhat predictable. Overall this book is just okay ,nothing too exciting or mentally demanding.