Six Women of Salem

The Untold Story of the Accused and Their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials
Narrated by: Kate Reading
Length: 17 hrs and 8 mins
Categories: History, Americas
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Six Women of Salem is the first work to use the lives of a select number of representative women as a microcosm to illuminate the larger crisis of the Salem witch trials. By the end of the trials, beyond the 20 who were executed and the five who perished in prison, 207 individuals had been accused, 74 had been "afflicted", 32 had officially accused their fellow neighbors, and 255 ordinary people had been inexorably drawn into that ruinous and murderous vortex, and this doesn't include the religious, judicial, and governmental leaders. All this adds up to what the Rev. Cotton Mather called "a desolation of names".

The individuals involved are too often reduced to stock characters and stereotypes when accuracy is sacrificed to indignation. And although the flood of names and detail in the history of an extraordinary event like the Salem witch trials can swamp the individual lives involved, individuals still deserve to be remembered, and, in remembering specific lives, modern audiences can benefit from such historical intimacy. By examining the lives of six specific women, Marilynne Roach shows listeners what it was like to be present throughout this horrific time and how it was impossible to live through it unchanged.

©2013 Marilynne K. Roach (P)2014 Tantor

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Excellent and thoroughly researched account of the 1692 trials and aftermath. Fictional sections provide drama and supposition but mostly seem factual/possible.

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  • 08-30-19

Excellent reader, well crafted book

Kate Reading has always been one of my favorite narrators, and makes this work come to life. A well done book on the Witchcraft hysteria.

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Very factual & interesting, without a lot of political propaganda, (mild siding with American Indians over Whites in the war and needless mentioning that she is opposed to slavery -- of course! No need to emphasize that!) but marred by the Alexa-like reader. More feeling and a variety in tone is needed. She also reads V E R Y S L O W L Y. I dealt with this by increasing the playback speed.

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hard to follow with the speaker <br />

The reader read the words instead of telling a story. Nothing made sense or relative

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ancestors

I found this book very interesting since my ancestors are Sarah Good and George Herrick.

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Didn't make it past the character intros

I'm not saying this title is bad, I have no clue as I quit pretty early in but potential buyers should know this is a semi fictionalized in parts, super deep dive of the people that took part in the witch trials that I just did not have the attention span for. The narrator's voice is clear but monotone and uninteresting. I'm sure this book has its merits, I'm sure there are tons of folks that will love this but if you're bored semi-easily then proceed with caution.