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The Witch of Blackbird Pond Audiobook

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

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Publisher's Summary

Orphaned Kit Tyler knows, as she gazes for the first time at the cold, bleak shores of Connecticut Colony, that her new home will never be like the shimmering Caribbean islands she left behind. In her relatives' stern Puritan community, she feels like a tropical bird that has flown to the wrong part of the world, a bird that is now caged and lonely. The only place where Kit feels completely free is in the meadows, where she enjoys the company of the old Quaker woman known as the witch of Blackbird Pond, and on occasion, her young sailor friend Nat. But when Kit's friendship with the "witch" is discovered, Kit is faced with suspicion, fear and anger. She herself is accused of witchcraft!

©1958, 1986 Elizabeth George Speare; (P)2002 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, An Imprint Of Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

  • Newbery Medal Winner, 1959

"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)

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    Vincent S. 12-02-16
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    "beautifully written!"

    Great story line, even for my 13 year old son. we loved the reader's accent and her consistency with the many characters.

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    Meagan Rodriguez 11-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The Best"

    I loved every minute of this book with its twist and turns. Kit was a strong likable character.

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    Daniella Ballou-Aares 10-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautiful book"

    I think this book is recommended for girls who like stories that take place a long time ago and for girls who like adventure.

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    Amy Webb 03-18-16
    Amy Webb 03-18-16 Member Since 2013
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    "an all time favourite"

    one of my all time favourite books :)
    narrator did a good job! everyone should read or listen to this book :D

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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 12-10-15
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 12-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Kind of depressing but had a feel good end."

    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.

    AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
    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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    ajoh1994 11-28-15
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    "The Witch of Blackbird Pond Review"

    I strongly enjoyed this story because it was expressively told. They chose a exceptional speaker.

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    AMZFAN 07-15-15
    AMZFAN 07-15-15 Member Since 2016

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    "One of the best!"

    I loved this book, one of the best I've read in a while. The story was easy to follow along with and very entertaining. The way that the author describes each event is amazingly vivid. You get to learn each of the characters personality which is very helpful. The dramatic parts of this book were very suspenseful and kept me wanting to read more. Overall the whole book was extremely beautiful to read. I recommend reading this wonderful book.

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    David S. Culpepper 07-14-15
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    "My 12 year old grandson was to listen."

    But he admitting lost his attention. I took the time to finish the book. Being a 63 year old man, it was a pleasant listen. The reader Mary Hunt was great. The story, from my view, was a predictable love story. Kit, the main character was in first person, had a tough time finding herself in 1700s Puritan New England. It actually creeped me out. She had hard time and few good times. Everything lead up to her love interest making all things right. A lot of liberties were taken to complete story. You can find out for yourself. Not bad, not great. Would suggest to young ladies.

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    Donna L. Paine 05-18-15
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    "Enjoyable"

    Engaged throughout!
    Recommend this book! Narration outstanding !this would make a good miniseries on television! Will keep author mind in future

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    David B. Elzinga 05-13-15 Member Since 2016
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    I love this book! l love the character development of Kit. My favorite theme of the book is that the bewitching power that Hannah has is love despite all she has endured.

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