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Publisher's Summary

A detailed account of one of the strangest and most shocking episodes in American history, written by the author of "The Lottery".

Stories of magic, superstition, and witchcraft were strictly forbidden in the little town of Salem Village. But a group of young girls ignored those rules, spellbound by the tales told by a woman named Tituba. When questioned about their activities, the terrified girls set off a whirlwind of controversy as they accused townsperson after townsperson of being witches. Author Shirley Jackson examines in careful detail this horrifying true story of accusations, trials, and executions that shook a community to its foundations.

©1956 Shirley Jackson (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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A true historical horror

This audiobook was just what I wanted to start a few weeks of creepy, Halloween-themed reading. The true story of the witch hunts of Salem Village is more horrifying and fascinating than any fiction. What caused a group of pre-teen girls to accuse their neighbors of witchcraft? What made Salem's adults accept their claims so readily, with no solid evidence? Shirley Jackson's book is a great introduction to those questions and has definitely inspired me to read more about Salem.

Gabrielle de Cuir's expressive narration enveloped me in the narrative. She was especially good at portraying the women accused of being witches - whether they defied the authorities, laughed at the charges or eagerly implicated others

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Lying little brats

The Crucible is my favorite play and I love listening to history. I really enjoyed this in-depth account of the Salem Witch trials. I learned some new things. I had no idea that a 5 year old girl was accused and arrested. She also talks about the rich families that escaped Salem and fled to New York. People in other towns knew the trials were ridiculous and out of control. I also learned about spectral evidence. I just can't believe they let these over theatrical children control their court for so long. 5 out of 5 Lying Children

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Reading all the Shirley Jackson

As masterful as Shirley Jackson is, this might be her scariest book. It’s really disturbing.

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Great Listen, Interesting

I’ve read a decent amount of books on Salem over the years, both fact and fiction. This was very good and even had a few historical points that I had never come across. The narrator was simple and elegant, very enjoyable.

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well done

very well done! love her voice and telling! finished over 2 days. great way to start of my October book listening. its very sad what happened to the accused but I admit I've always found this story fascinating.

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Great retelling of history!

Wonderful storytelling of a dark story in history. Shirley Jackson is one of the best!

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A very good audio book all around!

Shirley Jackson was a remarkable author and storyteller, her work stands up to the passage of time and the changes of tastes. I have never heard of, nor heard the work of, Gabrielle de Cuir before this audio book, but she adds depth in her reading.

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Phew!

Boy if this wasn't an actual history lesson, it is awfully close. I absolutely LOVE the objectivity of this book, its neither this way or that way, it's simply the facts stated as is and allows the reader to come to his/her own conclusion. My mind is just blown. The Narrator was perfectly chosen for this reading. I envisioned a classical pilgrim get up whenever she spoke.

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Informative

I enjoyed listening to this story told as part of American History. Many facts were brought to light as well as some lore. I've listened to it twice and will listen a few more times before I send it to someone else to enjoy.

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thought provoking

I listened without pause to this gripping yet sad account that could be considered a shadow parallel to our modern day justice system. Tragically, only those who proclaimed innocence were murdered.

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A chilling, fascinating non-fictionalised account.

This book is perfect for anyone wishing to know a bit more about the infamous Salem witch trials, namely: how horrific the ordeal actually was, the extremes that those people got to, and the repressive, hypocritical society they lived in. For the most part, the author draws from extant trial records and correspondence, and lets the picture of mass hysteria speak for itself. Very well narrated, too.

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