©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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
It was above and beyond expectations. It was great to be able to imagine all the little houses and the town, the sacrifices to make the town. The narrator changed tones when needed and did a great job for this book.
I loved the author's descriptive writing. She had me in tears more than once and agonizing over the characters dilemmas.
She had a wonderfully engaging voice and reading style.
I first read this book when I was a teenager. Read it over and over. Was thrilled to see it was on audio. The narrator is excellent with all the voices of the characters. A real-to-life historical novel. Now I listen to it over and over, enjoy the narration as much as the story.
I've loved this book since I was a kid and have read it approximately a zillion times. Whenever I'm stressed, I reread it. I named my son after Nathaniel Eaton. You get the idea. Unfortunately, I had a lot of trouble getting over my disappointment with the performance. The narrator was lackluster in general and just plain awful for the male characters.
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