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Publisher's Summary

The history of American witches is way weirder than you ever imagined. From bewitched pigs hell-bent on revenge to gruesome 20th-century murders, American Witches reveals strange incidents of witchcraft that have long been swept under the rug as bizarre sidenotes to history.

On a tour through history that's both whimsical and startling, we'll encounter 17th-century children flying around inside their New England home "like geese". We'll meet a father-son team of pious Puritans who embarked on a mission that involved undressing ladies and overseeing hangings. And on the eve of the Civil War, we'll accompany a reporter as he dons a dress and goes searching for witches in New York City's most dangerous neighborhoods.

Entertainingly listenable and rich in amazing details often left out of today's texts, American Witches casts a flickering torchlight into the dark corners of American history.

©2016 Susan Fair (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Others have whined about the somewhat sarcastic tone of the book, but dealing with such a heavy topic either leads to reverence or dark humour. It’s a personal preference for the latter.
I was interested as genealogy has shown us related to Samuel Sewell, through his brother Stephen. I was a bit disappointed when he wasn’t mentioned as he was in Salem too.
The downside is the narrator. Her tone, inflection and performance are great, but the painful pronunciations of some fairly common words (ie sow, the female pig) are grating. I’d be enjoying parts then bam, she would glaringly mispronounce something.

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Loved it!

If you could sum up American Witches in three words, what would they be?

Interesting, pleasurable, informative

What about Coleen Marlo’s performance did you like?

Fabulous. I could have not asked for a better narrator.

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Let me just say, they could have not made a better a choice for a narrator - Love Coleen Marlo, ever since I listened to her reading "The Poisoner's Handbook" by Deborah Blum
If you enjoy ..let's say anything witches - history, folklore, myth..- if you love this world of magic and stories, you will love this book.
I absolutly loved listening to this..finish it in 2 days.

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loved this book!!! fun and informative!

I loved this book. I finished it in 2 days. I would listen to it again!