I enjoyed this book; lots of interesting historical detail. The first half of the book clipped along. The second half was a bit draggy.
Kathleen Kent writes a great and compelling story about an incredible time. Although the Salem witch trials of been covered copiously, Kathleen Kent brings it into sharp, personal focus in a way that so compelling it's hard to put the book down. Marr Winningham brings the story so poignantly and personally to life you feel as though Sarah is there with you and you are hearing the story directly from her. It is such a privilege to listen to this great actress read aanything! Bravo!
... the Salem Witch Trials seem even more barbaric. It seems very much like the Taliban version of Sharia Law bought to life in colonial New England.
Kathleen Kent's retelling transports you back and inhabits the harsh realities of life in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century. The tale reveals a picture of the Carrier family in compelling prose.
Mare Winningham holds true to the writing and time.
This is the best Audiobook I've heard since "Unbroken".
This story is told by the daughter of one of the first women accused of witchery. Through Sarah Carrier's eyes we see how the family struggled with every day life during these Puritan times and how Sarah and her family dealt with Martha's imprisonment and subsequent death when accused of being a witch.
Winningham's performance was a bit dry and lacking, even though the story is meant to show how difficult life was during those times.
A different perspective coming from a 10(ish)-year-old. Lots of information and seeing things from differing points of view.
Good story, I enjoyed it a lot and would recomend it if you are interested in that type of book.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the Salem Witch trials. Well read and the story was engaging. I have recommended this to friends and bought a copy to put in our local high school. The Wolves of Andover is a prequel to this book written by the same author. I plan to read it.
Fine art photographer, retired English professor, dog mom to an adorable Maltese mix, long-time Californian, genealogist, what else?
Very well read by Mare Winningham. Every time I read about the Salem witch trials, it just boggles my mind, what mass hysteria can do. Excellent novel.
A grim depiction of man's inhumanity to man. Some people might find this disturbing, but I am reminded of how easily people could be (and in some cases are) caught up in a similar "witch hunt" today. I love historical novels and this takes place close to where I live. Fast moving with excellent narration.