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Hanging Mary

Narrated by: Johanna Parker
Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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Washington City, 1864. One has to be careful with talk of secession, of Confederate whispers falling on Northern ears. Better to speak only when in the company of the trustworthy, like Mrs. Surratt. A widow who runs a small boardinghouse on H Street, Mary Surratt isn't half as committed to the cause as her son, Johnny. If he's not delivering messages or escorting veiled spies, he's inviting home men like John Wilkes Booth, an actor who is even more charming in person than he is on the stage.

But when President Lincoln is killed, the question of what Mary knew becomes more important than anything else. Was she a cold-blooded accomplice? Just how far would she go to help her son?

©2016 Susan Higginbotham (P)2016 Tantor

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"A fine choice for historical fiction fans...." ( Library Journal)

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too long, and the narration was just okay

I felt as if there was too much build up, the back story could have been shortened. I actually listened to part of the story and then left it for about a year, the only reason I went back to it is because I hate leaving things unfinished. When I finished the book I skipped ahead and then listened to it at 2x speed just to get to the end.

Also, I found one of the main characters, Nora, to be incredibly annoying. But, I am actually wondering if this was in part due to the narration- the narrator made Nora sound whiny and immature, and I wonder if she would have seemed that way if I had read it on my kindle instead.

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