©2002 Cynthia Rees; (P)2009 Listening Library
I loved the book, the history of Mary and others like her need to be remembered...What a terrible time in American history for Women....
I confess I bought this audio book because the narrator's name was Jennifer Ehle. Whether or not, she is the actress who played Elizabeth Bennet in P&P, I don't know but she has a fine low British accent so in the end, it doesn't matter. I enjoyed this book but except for the narrator, there is nothing in the write-up which would have tempted me to listen to the thing. I do admit that the book very quickly captured my complete attention. The author is gifted and has written some of the best prose I have seen in a while and the narrator sweeps the listener along. I don't know, only surmise the author did considerable research and there is an element of truth at the genesis of this work. There is actual unrelenting tension permeating this work from moment to moment, hour to hour and day to day. When would she be found out? When would they come for her? When, like her grandmother, would she too be killed by the jeering crowd? I am pleased that the author left room for a happy ever after and let the readers conjecture the final outcome.
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A story of the narrow minded. Bless her for keeping a diary, I wonder how much of it is true. It's a beautiful thing to imagine how harmonious Indians where with the land. Varied culture has been greatly lost with the advent of pop culture, mainstream media, and corporations. The world is similar inside any border these days, this story gives you insight into a different time. Sad to think that people would give up so much to cross oceans for freedom only to find a worse kind of stifling terror because of childish boredom. This is a story of history; one girl-turned women's loss and struggle in the early dawn of the Salem witch trials. The diary implies much and ends abruptly. It also gives the idea that she has an engrained deeper magic in her blood.
You will have many musings while listening, or at least I did. I wonder how many buildings and settlements to this day desecrate Indian burial sites or other kinds of holy lands. We all can be close minded, even me, this story will definitely give you something to chew on regardless of your beliefs. Christian or otherwise - the true moral here is of truth, tolerance, fortitude, and suffering. The injustice of meddlers and bored seekers of false justice. I wonder what happened next?
Great narrator. Random music. Excellent book.
Not my favorite listen but well done from start to finish. I listened to the whole thing in one sitting.
I am a school counselor that loves horror, fantasy, autobiographies, self-help, and Christian genres. I am a BIG bookworm! Reading is life!
I would if they enjoy history surrounding the Puritans and witch trials. The book was very captivating and kept me enthralled! The author wrote the book in a journal format which added a special spin on the story. It gave the story a different voice and captured a glimpse inside another's world.
It has somewhat of the essence of "The Witch of Blackbird Pond" by Elizabeth George Speare because the content and setting is similar.
Jennifer Ehle did an amazing job on capturing the personality of the characters through her voice! Even with the men, she was able to use her voice range and tone to embody the characters. My favorite was the main character, Mary, because she was a free thinker and free spirit. She was a relate able character.
I did feel angry with the little girls who were accusing her of witchcraft and "making" them bend to her will. I thought the townspeople were brainwashed as if they were stuck in a cult mindset and it made me frustrated that people in the 1600s were so fanatical in Christianity that they hung or burned people for having natural gifts and talents.
I enjoyed the picture painted by the narration, I am from New England so can really relate to witches being persecuted......interesting read.
Teacher-Librarian, an a avid audible listener:)
Mary, she is such a powerful and sympathetic character.
Jennnifer Ehle brought this story to life and gave voice to Mary in such an amazing way. I read this book years ago and recommend it to my middle school students, but it was much better to listen to.
The entire story is powerful.
I hope the sequel is done as well.
The narrator for this story is a good fit, but the story itself was lacking some... I have read a few other Celia Rees books, and this one ended kind of funny. Felt like the story was just getting started and then the book was over. If you are looking for a young adult historical fiction, I would highly recommend Celia Rees' other book, "Pirates!"
Based on actual events, I enjoyed this listen. The narrator carried the weight of the heroine's situation well.
The visions aboard the ship. The fact that she wasn't left alone but helped through her situation from people who weren't stuck in the fear of witchcraft.
I watched her in Pride and Prejudice. Loved her in that and enjoyed her voice work here.
It made me angry to see how predictably people respond with fear and how blinding it can be.
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