©1958, 1986 Elizabeth George Speare; (P)2002 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, An Imprint Of Random House Audio Publishing Group
"Mary Beth Hurt gives an excellent performance" (School Library Journal)
"Speare's classic adapts well to audio, and Hurt gives it life, and hope." (AudioFile)
"Strong plot, fully realized characters, and convincing atmosphere distinguish this historical narrative." (Booklist)
This book was great on audio. In the beginning it's a wee bit confusing, but stay with it and you will be rewarded with some great characters and a wonderful story. We (mom and 10 yr old daughter) listened to it on a road trip, and we thought it was fantastic! GET IT!
Set in colonial New England, harsh in the physical and social senses, young Katherine arrives in this seeming cruel environment and struggles to fit in. She is changed in the process and she brings about change in this severely prejusticed society. The relationships are well described between all the various characters giving the story a richness. Understanding for people grows past just the outward appearances.The mean uncle and the old Quaker are more than what they seem to be. And true love wins the day. My 11 year-old son loved the story which is still the best proof of this story's worthiness. He's a tough critic. It is a lovely listen.
It's one of the best ones I have listened to thus far.
I love the subject matter.
I liked her reading of the characters Mercy and Judith.
When Nat comes back with Prudence to save Kitt from punishment is a great moment. He risked his life to do this because he'd already been punished in this town once before.
I read this book many years ago as a teenager, and it has always been one of my favorite works. I think this books is what first interested me in the Salem witchcraft trials. However, now that I am older, I do realize that the plot is a little over-simplified. It's still a great read for its intended audience.
I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.
The narration really made these characters come alive. The story represents trials of living on colonial New England and the problems with fear ruling the masses. This story is a great moral tale of following the masses to an end that later generations will declare unbelievable.
A fairly short story and quite enjoyable. I expect anyone looking for a slightly romantic, slightly historic, and true to human nature, will greatly enjoy this book.
This is a very enjoyable look into what some of the "witch" activity in our country's early days may have looked like.
The Narrator has a calm soothing voice which made this an especially easy book to listen to.
I read this the very first time over 40 years ago.
It became a "must be read" book for my children, nieces, nephews etc.
I have read this book over & over through my life, each time loving it more, as it ran alongside my life & my personal story. It helped me to have strength and stand up to the challenges I faced, and I had my own special "Hannah".
Seeing it in audio was a shock & joy and now I can have it with me constant in my ipod, although my print version is within reach of my chair.
I regret my original was lost in a house fire....
The simplicity of love & character.
Blueberry cake & kittens truly do heal heartaches, while cornbread & fresh water is a fine breakfast.
I found she did well, my mind gave a voice to this story for too many years to fall in love with any narrator I am sorry to say.
She did a very nice job, but for me.......
I have laughed, cried and dreamed more than any review can tell.
Every young girl should read this book at the age of 11......
My granddaughter did
Very nice book for tweenagers (and their moms) set in Puritan New England. Has themes of religeous freedom and outsiders who don't fit into the local community. Great topic for youth, and very well written with engaging characters. Probably wouldn't appeal as much to boys.
A teacher might recommend this to her middle grade students to learn what life was like in a 1687 Puritan community. I was saddened by actions caused by ignorance.
Kit is about 16. She lost her family and travels from the Caribbean to her aunt in Connecticut. She learns what life is like in their Puritan community - hard work just to exist. On Sundays everyone was expected to attend two long church services. Anyone who didn’t was ostracized.
Kit befriends an old Quaker woman who lives in a shack. Toward the end of the story the main crisis is about ignorant town folk calling the old woman a witch and blaming her for illnesses. Kit’s connection to the woman causes more crisis.
Mary Beth Hurt was ok, but occasionally I heard some of her breaths. She needed better sound recording equipment.
Narrative mode: 3rd person.
Genre: historical fiction, young adult.
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