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Shape of Mercy Audiobook

Shape of Mercy

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Publisher's Summary

Two women, the ailing Abigail Boyles and exuberant, wealthy Lauren Durough, are brought together by their love of books and the discovery of a diary written by a young woman, Mercy Hayworth, who was burned at the stake during the Salem witch trials. Her inspiring, yearning, romantic diary proves to be an inspiration to both Abigail and Lauren, teaching them to cherish friendships, love, and life.

©2008 Susan Meissner; (P)2008 christianaudio.com

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    Gerig Woodinville, WA USA 11-13-16
    Gerig Woodinville, WA USA 11-13-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Fascinating stories (3 interwoven together)"
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    This book was arguably the best I've listened to on Audible. It delved deeply into the Salem Witch Trials in a highly personal way - I learned a lot about mass culture hysteria and the consequences of it to a town. In addition to that, a story of the researcher unfolds that relates to the life of the main character in Salem, along with the elderly woman who hired her to translate the woman's diary. It all was fascinating and hard to put down. The reader was good, except for periods of transition from Salem to the translator. Something more needed to be done to give an alert that the transition was occurring. It took me a while to realize I was now in the present day rather than in Salem. Other than that, it was an amazing read (listen).

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    Jean Sioux Falls, SD, United States 06-05-16
    Jean Sioux Falls, SD, United States 06-05-16
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    "Enjoyable Read"

    The Shape of Mercy is a lovely fiction book that teaches about the Salem witch trials and about making judgments about other people and making decisions that you will have to live with all your life. I probably didn't learn much from this book; I am a bit of a feminist history buff and I am old enough to be living with decisions I am glad I made, for the most part. Still this is a pleasant read.

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    Nana698 Bountiful, Utah, USA 05-13-16
    Nana698 Bountiful, Utah, USA 05-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Story"

    This book is about the Salem witch trials but has a second story set in modern day. I don't know if it is about a real historical person but I imagine it is historically accurate. At times I found myself with tears in my eyes for the Salem characters as well as the modern day characters. I would recommend this book to a friend. That's got to mean something. ;)

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    Margaret CHILOQUIN, OR, United States 05-05-16
    Margaret CHILOQUIN, OR, United States 05-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Performer not great at voices"

    Worthy story and generally well told. The exploration of presumptions was intriguing. I found the reading grating at times. When a reader can't do a certain voice well, I'd rather they just used their own voice.

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    Amy Normal, IL, United States 01-23-16
    Amy Normal, IL, United States 01-23-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Bound by Circumstance, Can You Break Free?"
    If you could sum up Shape of Mercy in three words, what would they be?

    Generational. Challenging convention.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shape of Mercy?

    Lauren invites her college roommate home with her. Clarissa is thrilled to experience the wealthy lifestyle for a weekend. It sets up other parts of the story for Lauren to grapple with how she perceives people and the assumptions she makes. Is she any different that those who judged Mercy?


    Which character – as performed by Tavia Gilbert – was your favorite?

    I loved the main character, Lauren, from the start but I also really appreciated how she portrayed Raquel.


    Who was the most memorable character of Shape of Mercy and why?

    Abigail Boyles is a dignified older woman who is wrestling with her past. In many ways, her story is in the background until the end. Once it is uncovered it deeply impacted me and speaks to the nature of the quality of mercy for others and, even more so, for ourselves.


    Any additional comments?

    The Shape of Mercy shines a different light on the Salem Witch Trials while wresting with the facades and misconceptions of modern lives.

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    Epicurean Toronto, Ontario Canada 10-24-15
    Epicurean Toronto, Ontario Canada 10-24-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Fantastic Listen"

    I could not put this down. Very surprising because I did not like the protagonist at all. Some of the voices of certain characters were not particularly good, but this was only a slight distraction from the story.

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    Rlc123 CHESTNUT HILL, MA, US 06-15-15
    Rlc123 CHESTNUT HILL, MA, US 06-15-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Summer Read"

    Trouble getting into this book, but I stayed with it. Overall an ok summer read.

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    Pat 04-02-15
    Pat 04-02-15
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    "Awesome in Every Way"

    Haunting and unforgettable. A revelation of human tendencies and weaknesses through various lives and several generations. And ultimately of forgiveness and self-sacrificial love.

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    marci 02-13-15
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    "A sweet surprise of a story."

    I rally loved the story of mercy. Would have loved to have more story of Lauren and Abigail and what happened to them.

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    Collette Christopherson 02-06-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved this Book!"

    I loved every minute of this Book! It was a great story, the performance was good and the story moved at a good pace.

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