Hour of the Witch: A Novel Audiobook, by Chris Bohjalian Play Audiobook Sample

Hour of the Witch: A Novel Audiobook

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Read By: Arthur Morey, Cassandra Campbell, Danny Campbell, Julia Whelan, Kaleo Griffith, Kirby Heyborne, Mark Bramhall, Mark Deakins, Rebecca Lowman, Saskia Maarleveld, Grace Experience, various narrators Publisher: Random House Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 9.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 7.13 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: May 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780593348826

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Longest Chapter Length:

31:09 minutes

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11 seconds

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18:03 minutes

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NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • From the acclaimed author of The Flight Attendant: “Historical fiction at its best…. The book is a thriller in structure, and a real page-turner, the ending both unexpected and satisfying” (Diana Gabaldon, bestselling author of the Outlander series, The Washington Post).

young Puritan woman—faithful, resourceful, but afraid of the demons that dog her soulplots her escape from a violent marriage in this riveting and propulsive novel of historical suspense.

Boston, 1662. Mary Deerfield is twenty-four-years-old. Her skin is porcelain, her eyes delft blue, and in England she might have had many suitors. But here in the New World, amid this community of saints, Mary is the second wife of Thomas Deerfield, a man as cruel as he is powerful. When Thomas, prone to drunken rage, drives a three-tined fork into the back of Mary's hand, she resolves that she must divorce him to save her life.

But in a world where every neighbor is watching for signs of the devil, a woman like Mary—a woman who harbors secret desires and finds it difficult to tolerate the brazen hypocrisy of so many men in the colony—soon becomes herself the object of suspicion and rumor. When tainted objects are discovered buried in Mary's garden, when a boy she has treated with herbs and simples dies, and when their servant girl runs screaming in fright from her home, Mary must fight to not only escape her marriage, but also the gallows.

A twisting, tightly plotted novel of historical suspense from one of our greatest storytellers, Hour of the Witch is a timely and terrifying story of socially sanctioned brutality and the original American witch hunt.

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"Hour of the Witch is Bohjalian at his best... When Bohjalian is really cooking, there’s a kinetic energy to his storytelling that is unlike anything else in the realm of popular fiction. He brings a brightness to the page that illuminates the entire narrative, creating a powerful glow... Hour of the Witch is another exceptional offering from Chris Bohjalian, one that features the hallmarks of his best work while also breaking new ground. Vividly realized thanks to solid research and captivating characterization, it’s a book that will likely prove difficult for you to put down.

— The Maine Edge 


  • “Hour of the Witch is a woman’s story, a romance, a history lesson, and a legal thriller, all of a piece.”

    — Lisa Scottoline, New York Times bestselling author
  • “Historical fiction at its best.”

    — Washington Post
  • “A grab-you-by-the-throat suspense read that both historical fiction fans and thriller lovers will devour.”

    — Real Simple
  • “An unputdownable revenge thriller.”

    — BookReporter
  • “Classic Chris Bohjalian—moments of deep dread, extraordinary plot twists, and characters you love to root for paired with characters you love to hate.”

    — Writer’s Digest
  • One of the Washington Post’s 50 Notable Works of Fiction of the Year • A Real Simple Best New Book • A Read It Forward Most Anticipated Book • A Lit Hub Most Anticipated Book • A CrimeReads Most Anticipated Book • A GoodReads Most Anticipated Book • An AARP Most Anticipated Book

  • Hour of the Witch is historical fiction at its best… Insightful and empathetic… Thick with details as chowder is with clams… Handled with great skill and delicacy. The book is a thriller in structure, and a real page-turner, the ending both unexpected and satisfying.

    — Diana Gabaldon, The Washington Post
  • "Harrowing... In the hands of a master storyteller like Bohjalian, [Hour of the Witch is] an engrossing tale of a woman who insists upon the right to navigate her life, and the consequences when she does.

    — Danielle Trussoni, New York Times Book Review
  • "Bohjalian does an admirable job of bringing his numerous players to life in all their complexity... Hour of the Witch—part courtroom thriller, part psychological suspense novel—holds a reader’s rapt attention all the way to its startling conclusion.

    — Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal
  • [A] knotty dilemma lies at the heart of what is, at a deeper level, a novel of psychological suspense. Can one know if one is, indeed, damned?...In Bohjalian’s deft portrayal, Mary chafes at her societal and marital confines...[Shows] how timeless some battles —and some heroines — are.

    — Clea Simon, Boston Globe
  • Chris Bohjalian never disappoints... Guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.

    — CrimeReads
  • A rich and terrifying story... A grab-you-by-the-throat suspense read that both historical fiction fans and thriller lovers will devour.

    — Real Simple
  • No. 1 New York Times bestselling author and literary legend Chris Bohjalian returns with a story about Mary Deerfield, a suspected witch in 1662 Boston who, while wrestling with her own internal demons and disastrous marriage, raises suspicion that the demons aren't just in her own mind.

    — Zibby Owens, Good Morning America
  • "Unputdownable... Relying on a large cast of well-developed characters and an intricate plot, Bohjalian skillfully ratchets up the tension all the way through the exceptional ending.

    — Modern Mrs. Darcy
  • "Bohjalian is excellent at suspense (he also wrote The Flight Attendant) and at lovingly detailed scene setting... But this novel’s true strength is in its portrayal of an abused person’s mind... our of the Witch also raises perceptive questions about how fixed identity really is... Even more, the book asks whether we own our identities and whether we can know ourselves, the way many people have questioned who they are in the upheavals of the last two years.

    — Alix Hawley, The Walrus
  • "Readers who love historical fiction related to the Salem witch trials, will find that Bohjalian flawlessly delivers with his new novel.

    — Palm Beach Daily News
  • "Classic Chris Bohjalian—moments of deep dread, extraordinary plot twists, and characters you love to root for paired with characters you love to hate.

    — Writer's Digest
  • "Historical fiction fans who also love a good thriller? Here’s a new one for your list.

    — CNN.com
  • "[Hour of the Witch] is set well in the past, but its witch-accusation drama feels contemporary enough to drive home how far Americans still have to go in dismantling the patriarchy... Flawed but compelling characters are in the author's wheelhouse... Moments of suspense make for gratifying white-knuckled reading, as do several whodunit scenarios.

    — Kristen Ravin, Seven Days
  • [Bohjalian] never fail[s] to produce top-notch literary fiction... An unputdownable revenge thriller... A brilliant, intense and extremely satisfying work by a master of literary fiction who just seems to be getting better and better.

    — Book Reporter"A carefully-plotted journey... In addition to spinning the tale of a strong woman in difficult times, Bohjalian’s meticulous research transports readers back to the early years of America and all the work and hardships of daily life.
  • Relying on intricate plotting and a large cast of well-developed characters, Bohjalian skillfully ratchets up the tension all the way through the exceptional ending.

    — Modern Mrs. Darcy
  • Bohjalian blends historical fiction with a thrilling courtroom drama. . . A fascinating and immersive read... What makes this novel remarkable and compulsively readable is Bohjalian’s uncanny ability to capture the Puritan perspective... Hour of the Witch is at once brilliantly idiosyncratic while also recognizable. This genre-defying thriller is sure to become a staple of book clubs and a favorite of historical mystery fans.

    — BookPage
  • "No matter the subject, Bohjalian often incorporates thorny moral questions that arise from a story's circumstances, but reach far beyond the boundaries of its time period. Hour of the Witch is smartly wrapped in large ideas, like how women must subversively navigate a society in which they have little power, and what a justice system looks like when yoked to a fervent set of religious beliefs.

    — WBUR
  • Chris Bohjalian's latest thriller is a nail-biting historical novel about a woman whose quest for a divorce in 1662 Boston might just end with her being branded as a witch. In Hour of the Witch, 24-year-old Mary Deerfield is desperate to escape her violent husband, Thomas. But in the New World, where every woman is under suspicion for being a witch, her desire to escape her marriage may end up sending her to the gallows if she isn't careful.

    — Pop Sugar"Themes of women’s agency in a patriarchal society are common in historical novels, but this fast-moving, darkly suspenseful novel stands out with Bohjalian’s extraordinary world-building skills. . . Will have readers racing toward the ending.
  • Immediately engrossing. . . [Mary Deerfield] is a woman we can root for. . . Bohjalian’s smart stylistic choices ensure that the reader is well and truly transported back to 17th-century Puritan New England, and Hour of the Witch is a finely-wrought and emotionally-charged historical drama.

    — Addison Independent
  • Absolutely riveting historical fiction that reads like the most pageturning of thrillers, driven by its compelling heroine Mary Deerfield, a young wife who finds the physical and moral courage to stand up for herself in a time when women could be hung as witches... Hour of the Witch is a woman’s story, a romance, a history lesson, and a legal thriller, all of a piece. I haven’t read a novel like it in recent memory, and I doubt that I will for years to come.

    — Lisa Scottoline
  • A rich and terrifying story... Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian is a grab-you-by-the-throat suspense read that both historical fiction fans and thriller lovers will devour.

    — Real Simple
  • A probing page-turner about society's scapegoats and how elusive justice can be.

    — AARP
  • Throughout Bohjalian’s prolific career, he has rewarded readers with indelibly drawn female protagonists, and the formidable yet vulnerable Mary Deerfield is a worthy addition to the canon. Conjuring up specters of #MeToo recriminations and social media shaming, there are twenty-first-century parallels to Bohjalian’s atmospheric Puritan milieu, and his trademark extensive research pays off in this authentic portrait of courage in the face of society’s worst impulses. Bohjalian is a perennial favorite, and this Salem Witch Hunt drama has a special magnetism.

    — Booklist, starred
  • Bohjalian’s historical novel is full of twists and turns. Though not a typical suspense novel, the story has many of the page-turning plot lines of a thriller, and is sure to keep readers enthralled. Though it’s set in the 1600s, Mary’s story resonates today, as it addresses the role religious and societal expectations can play in the lives of individuals. A must-read and highly recommended.

    — Library Journal
  • A twisty thriller set in 17th-century Boston...With its exploration of themes including domestic abuse, toxic masculinity, and mass hysteria, the novel feels like anything but a period piece.

    — Publishers Weekly"Illustrates how rough justice can get when religion and institutional sexism are in the mix.


  • New York Times bestseller
  • A Real Simple Pick of Best New Books
  • A Crime Reads Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2021
  • An AARP Magazine Editors’ Pick of Most Anticipated Upcoming Books

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About Chris Bohjalian

Chris Bohjalian is a playwright and the author of twenty-three books, including several New York Times bestsellers. The Flight Attendant has been made into an HBO Max limited series, and his novels Secrets of Eden, Midwives, and Past the Bleachers were made into movies. He can be found at chrisbohjalian.com or on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Litsy, and Goodreads, @chrisbohjalian

About the Narrators

Arthur Morey has won three AudioFile Magazine “Best Of” Awards, and his work has garnered numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and placed him as a finalist for two Audie Awards. He has acted in a number of productions, both off Broadway in New York and off Loop in Chicago. He graduated from Harvard and did graduate work at the University of Chicago. He has won awards for his fiction and drama, worked as an editor with several book publishers, and taught literature and writing at Northwestern University. His plays and songs have been produced in New York, Chicago, and Milan, where he has also performed.

Cassandra Campbell has won multiple Audie Awards, Earphones Awards, and the prestigious Odyssey Award for narration. She was been named a “Best Voice” by AudioFile magazine and in 2018 was inducted in Audible’s inaugural Narrator Hall of Fame.

Danny Campbell is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and an actor who has appeared in CBS’ The Guardian, the films A Pool, a Fool, and a Duel and Greater Than Gravity, and in over twenty-five commercials. He is a company member of the Independent Shakespeare Company in Los Angeles and is an adjunct faculty member at Santa Monica College.

Julia Whelan is a novelist, screenwriter, lifelong actor, and multiple award-winning audiobook narrator. She graduated with a degree in English and creative writing from Middlebury College and Oxford University. She is a former child actor who has appeared in multiple films and television shows.

Kaleo Griffith is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator and classically trained actor. He graduated cum laude from Franklin Pierce University with a BA in theater, holds an MFA in acting from Rutgers University, and is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He has appeared in such television series as Law & Order and Reggie’s Family & Friends, among others.

Kirby Heyborne is a musician, actor, and professional narrator. Noted for his work in teen and juvenile audio, he has garnered over twenty Earphones Awards. His audiobook credits include Jesse Kellerman’s The Genius, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, and George R. R. Martin’s Selections from Dreamsongs.

Mark Bramhall has won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, more than thirty AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has repeatedly been named by AudioFile magazine and Publishers Weekly among their “Best Voices of the Year.” He is also an award-winning actor whose acting credits include off-Broadway, regional, and many Los Angeles venues as well as television, animation, and feature films. He has taught and directed at the American Academy of Dramatic Art.

Mark Deakins is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator and actor whose television appearances include Head Case, Star Trek: Voyager, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. His film credits include Intervention, Star Trek: Insurrection, and The Devil’s Advocate. He wrote, directed, and produced the short film The Smith Interviews.

Rebecca Lowman is an actress and audiobook narrator who has won numerous Earphones Awards. She has starred in numerous television shows, including Law & Order, Big Love, NCIS, and Grey’s Anatomy, among many others. She earned her MFA from Columbia University.

Saskia Maarleveld is an experienced voice-over actress and Earphones Award–winning narrator. Raised in New Zealand and France, she is highly skilled with accents and dialects, and many of her books have been narrated entirely in accents other than her own. In addition to audiobooks, her voice can be heard in animation, video games, and commercials.

Grace Experience is an actor and audiobook narrator. She studied acting at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and has performed onstage in New York and New England.

Ray Porter has garnered two Audie nominations as well as several Earphones Awards and enthusiastic reviews for his sparkling narration of audiobooks. A fifteen-year veteran of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, he has also appeared in numerous films and television shows.