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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (16,447 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kathleen Kent Narrator: Mare Winningham Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN:
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Martha Carrier was one of the first women to be accused, tried, and hanged as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. Like her mother, young Sarah Carrier is bright and willful, openly challenging the small, brutal world in which they live. Often at odds with one another, mother and daughter are forced to stand together against the escalating hysteria of the trials and the superstitious tyranny that led to the torture and imprisonment of more than 200 people accused of witchcraft. This is the story of Martha's courageous defiance and ultimate death, as told by the daughter who survived.

Kathleen Kent is a 10th generation descendent of Martha Carrier. She is also a natural-born storyteller, and in her first novel, she paints a haunting portrait, not just of Puritan New England, but also of one family's deep and abiding love in the face of fear and persecution Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mckinley | 2/8/2014

    " Moves right along. Sad, frustrating. Should have read 2 weeks ago while I was in Salem! Ties in with the Crucible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 2/4/2014

    " Interesting point of view of the salem witch trials "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 2/3/2014

    " I read this book in about 10 days - very fast for me. I couldn't put it down! Parts of it were difficult to read due to the subject matter. Overall, a very good book based on a true story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 1/27/2014

    " I put off reading this book for a while because it deals with the Salem witch trials, and I knew it would be disturbing. And it was disturbing. Ms. Kent's writing probes beautifully into the mind and emotions of her protagonist, Sarah, a young girl whose mother is accused of being a witch, as eventually Sarah herself is. Just as the dark, petty, and very cruel underside of humanity is exposed, so also is the great power of love, mercy , and forgiveness celebrated. A wonderful book, which also brilliantly depicts life in America in the 1690s. Enjoyed it very much, along with it's companion book, "The Traitor's Wife." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carmen | 1/23/2014

    " A look at the Salem witch trials from a family perspective. The daughter of one of the accused looks back on the events and how it affected her and her family. A new and wonderful look on the phrase "I am my mother's daughter." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vanessa | 1/16/2014

    " Interesting book about one family and the Salem witch trials but it did get quite slow in the middle. I enjoyed the detail spent on life on the farm but there was a lack in the "witchcraft process"-how a person was accused, defending oneself from charges, trial, etc-and too much time spent in the prison. The prison section was a tad contrieved for me. The author skipped most of that instead focusing on the events from a condemned woman's daughter. The author is a descendant of Martha Carrier and used family stories to loosely construct her plot. I wanted to learn/discover more about the Carrier family, especially the mother and father. They were never fully developed to me, nor was the maternal grandmother. I can see the mass appeal by it was just so-so for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 1/15/2014

    " Excellent read. Well written. A book that brings the characters through history in a way that makes you want to know more about the period. Very satisfying read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 1/8/2014

    " Set during the Salem witch trials from the perspective of a young girl whose mother is charged as a witch. Well written and an interesting period in history. The author is actually a descendant of the woman who is the main character (story is historical fiction). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawna | 12/21/2013

    " I'm glad I read this book but the first half was so slow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erika | 12/11/2013

    " Mediocre...never kept me up at night. It was about the Salem witch trials, which I knew very little about and it was shocking and amazing, but I didn't feel sad because I didn't care about any of the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 11/18/2013

    " This was a pretty slow read, but I think the style is a reflection of the time period. Love the history of the Salem Witch trials, but the time period is just a little too slow... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 11/4/2013

    " Interesting take on the Witch Trials, around 1752. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Celeste | 10/28/2013

    " I enjoy historical fiction. The beginning story line was a little slow though. Still a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judi Kling | 6/27/2013

    " Started out a bit slow but then picked up and was excellent. Loved it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sidney | 12/5/2012

    " I started out enjoying the book, but honestly, becamed bored about 150 pages in. I skimmed to the end and still didn't really care for it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa Rohbock | 4/25/2012

    " I love this book! I highly recommend reading it. It's a good reminder of how destructive lies and jealousy can be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 12/29/2011

    " This is a fresh perspective on the Salem witch trials which was very good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 12/10/2011

    " Salem witch trials. A daughter's point of view. Very good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Djinnie | 10/20/2011

    " Fascinating insight as to the hysteria that was accepted as testimony in the witch trials of Salem. Unthinkable in these days. Characterizations well done. Good first novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 6/28/2011

    " Definitely must read for those who are fascinated by the Salem witch trials...The beginning was a little slow, but in the end, I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma-Leigh | 6/6/2011

    " This book was so good! It is well written and thoughtful and really puts you in the perspective of the victims. I went through just about every emotion possible while reading this book, which doesn't happen often! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethgentner | 5/23/2011

    " I wouldn't have thought I would like a "witch craft" book, but I was very drawn into the protrayal of this girl's difficult life in early America. The author has recently written another book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 5/21/2011

    " This was good. It gave an interesting perspective on the witch trials. Kind of amazing that things like that can happen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 5/21/2011

    " Historical fiction but well written. The second witch trial book that I've read written by a descendent. I guess I'd do the same thing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aimee | 5/17/2011

    " Terrible time in our history but well written
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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristall | 5/12/2011

    " I thought the story was pretty slow. Gets better twords the end but not a fav. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Autumn | 5/10/2011

    " Great historical fiction novel. Must read for anyone interested in the Salem Witch Trials or Early Colonial history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bianca | 5/8/2011

    " Kathleen Kent goes first hand into the Salem Witch Trials. I love her depiction of a mother's strength. It reminded me of my mother!! I would definitely read this twice, three times:) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 5/7/2011

    " Wonderful telling of the Salem witch trials....astounding historical details and great characters.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lesley | 5/4/2011

    " I have this abnormal fascination with the Salem Witch trials. Maybe it's because I have a degree in Women's Studies. Found this to be an excellent book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patti | 5/2/2011

    " Wow! I didn't know. What a bunch of bullies.
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