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Enter the world of young Mary Newbury, a world where simply being different can cost a person her life. Hidden until now in the pages of her diary, Mary's startling story begins in 1659, the year her beloved grandmother is hanged in the public square as a witch. Mary narrowly escapes a similar fate, only to face intolerance and new danger among the Puritans in the New World. How long can she hide her true identity? Will she ever find a place where her healing powers will not be feared?
©2002 Cynthia Rees; (P)2009 Listening Library

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  • Cindy
  • Bend, OR, United States
  • 10-19-10

Witch Child

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....

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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History Comes to Life with Real Magic near Salem

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Lacy
  • WAXAHACHIE, TX, United States
  • 04-24-13

A Glimpse Into the New World

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

What other book might you compare Witch Child to and why?

It has somewhat of the essence of "The Witch of Blackbird Pond" by Elizabeth George Speare because the content and setting is similar.

Which character – as performed by Jennifer Ehle – was your favorite?

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.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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.

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Great read...fantastic narrator!

I was hooked on this book from the first few lines. The narrator is a perfect fit for the story. Very much enjoyed!

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Do Not Suffer a Witch to Live Among You

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.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Loved this book!

I've read the paper book, and now listened to it. Love it still. Love, Love.

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Good book, rich feel

I enjoyed the picture painted by the narration, I am from New England so can really relate to witches being persecuted......interesting read.

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  • Jodi Muller
  • Olympia, Washington United States
  • 07-11-13

This is a great book!

If you could sum up Witch Child in three words, what would they be?

Suspenseful,engaging,fabulous!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mary, she is such a powerful and sympathetic character.

What about Jennifer Ehle’s performance did you like?

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.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The entire story is powerful.

Any additional comments?

I hope the sequel is done as well.

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Not as great as her other works...

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!"

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Intense and Beautiful

If you could sum up Witch Child in three words, what would they be?

Based on actual events, I enjoyed this listen. The narrator carried the weight of the heroine's situation well.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Witch Child?

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.

Have you listened to any of Jennifer Ehle’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I watched her in Pride and Prejudice. Loved her in that and enjoyed her voice work here.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me angry to see how predictably people respond with fear and how blinding it can be.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful