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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (26,845 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Katherine Howe Narrator: Katherine Kellgren Publisher: Hyperion Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 ISBN:
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Connie is looking forward to starting work on her graduate thesis over the summer, when her mother asks her to sell an abandoned house once owned by her grandmother in Salem, Mass. Relunctantly, Connie moves to the small town and inhabits the crumbling, ancient house, trying to restore it to a semblance of order.

Curious things start to happen when Connie finds the name Deliverance Dane on a yellowed scrap of paper inside an old Bible, and begins to have visions of a long ago woman condemned for practicing physick, or herbal healing, on her neighbors in 1690s Salem.

Interspersed with modern-day sections are chapters on the actual witch trials, revealing the fascinating story of Deliverance Dane and how she got caught up in the tragic events. Connie meets an intriguing young steeplejack named Sam, who's also interested in the history of the area. But just as Connie starts to unravel some of the mysteries surrounding Deliverance's identity, Sam has a horrifying accident, and Connie has to figure out a way to save him that involves an ancient and mystical cure. And to do that, she needs to locate the actual physick book once owned by Deliverance Dane herself.

Immediately compelling, with powerful historic insight and detail, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane is that rare find - a literary first novel with a very commercial premise and pacing. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sioux Ardias | 2/15/2014

    " Great characters and a great premise - I really enjoyed it, but still found it very predictable. A little too heavy handed on the foreshadowing for my taste. The characters and history carried me through, but I would have liked to have been left wondering/questioning at least once "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa Kauffman | 2/15/2014

    " I liked this book. There is something intriguing to me about the Salem witch trials, and this book was filled with information. It was a little hard to get into, but once it got rolling, it was easy to pick up and finish. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catherine Riley | 2/12/2014

    " I was disappointed in thsi book. The cover art was more interesting than the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cyndia Rios-Myers | 2/9/2014

    " Great book! Hate that it ended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanna | 2/4/2014

    " This is an interesting mix of historical and supernatural fiction. I appreciate the attention to historical detail and the academic research aspect. I feel like I learned quite a bit on the subject. It feels a little slow at times, and has a predictable villain, but is generally a charming and enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane Supinski | 1/31/2014

    " I am really torn between giving this book 3 stars or 4, this is where we need that half star. I love the subject matter, and I like the author's writing style, but I'm not too much for magic. I enjoyed the first half of this book more. The protagonist digging deep to unravel a mystery of something she found in her grandmother's neglected home. I liked the love interest which was introduced. It added a little sideline and didn't overpower the main theme. Then the second half delved a little more into magic than I cared for. But, I knew it would be in there so I guess I shouldn't penalize the book too much. It's a wonderful story that gives a hint glimpse into the hysteria in Salem at the end of the 1600's. If anything, I am now interested in finding a book that will tell the real story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bette | 1/20/2014

    " A rather difficult read but a good story "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lia | 1/19/2014

    " flat and silly at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nanci D. | 1/18/2014

    " Wonderful read if your into the history of witchcraft and the terrifying Salem Witch trials. The blend of the present day mystery and the past is very well done and you will get caught up in the characters right away. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gigi | 1/6/2014

    " This was a good book. Something a little different, with some somewhat unexpected twists. The main characters were likeable and the story was interesting. It was definitely an entertaining and easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janice | 1/3/2014

    " This really deserves 3 1/2 stars. Great October read. For some reason, the story bogged down for me at the end but I did enjoy it as a whole. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon Burrows | 12/23/2013

    " I need another by this author! Awesome book well done! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen Barwinski | 12/21/2013

    " That was the most insultingly predictable book! I figured out most of the "mysteries" early on and figured they had to be red herrings...nope, they weren't. They were the real explanations. It was okay for what it is (I'd consider it YA lit) but not very thrilling for an experienced reader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arianneerobinson | 12/7/2013

    " Amazing, great historical fiction with a bit of paranormal "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura Carlin | 9/25/2013

    " Didn't love it. Harvard post-grad character misses a lot of obvious stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 11/25/2012

    " A little bit different take on the Salem witch trials, going back and forth between modern day and the 1600s. It was a pretty good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcia | 11/1/2012

    " Loved this book. I have had it on my to read list for awhile and it has been a book group monthly read too. I have always found a reason not to read it until it was picked for me by a reading pal (Kara) Thank for recommending it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Gerend-Meinking | 7/27/2012

    " I love this book! So interesting and multi-dimensional. I just finished reading it for the 3rd time and have upgraded my rating from 4 to 5 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie | 4/21/2012

    " Love the concept of mystery and researching old books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 2/15/2012

    " This was a fun read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dena J | 2/7/2012

    " An interesting read with an intriguing storyline. I liked the characters, but they could have been developed a little more deeply. It was overall a pretty good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gina Richards | 10/17/2011

    " Interesting twist at the end but I found a bit silly "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trishy Wishy | 6/26/2011

    " GAH! Amazing and thrilling so far - but if you are going to write with characters speaking in dialect, let's be consistent, shall we? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann Henson | 6/12/2011

    " yes, that's right. I finished it in one day. if you're into historical fiction, give it a try. bet you can't put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katt | 5/31/2011

    " An interesting book about the Salem witch trials. I thought it to be a bit predictable but interesting. Very davinci code esque "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/24/2011

    " The book is good so far; I am only about three chapters in. The diction is eloquent and the story is moving at a decently steady pace. I would like the plot to thicken or pick up soon, though. I do not feel connected to the protagonist quite yet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 5/21/2011

    " I am from new England and I found this book charming. I love the story of Salem and the way the author intertwines family, today and yesterday. This is a delightful read, full of suspense at various times. It is a wonderful window into times past in new england. Read it by the pool!!! Wonderful. "

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

    " Best thing I had read in a while. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 5/18/2011

    " I highly recommend this book. Modern day history student goes in search of ancestors involved in the Salem witch trials. The book moves from past to present as we discover just what happened those many years ago. Romance and magic spice up the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trudy | 5/18/2011

    " Another great book about the Salem Witch trials. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 5/17/2011

    " A quick read and a page turner, I thoroughly enjoyed this witchcrafty adventure. Two thumbs up! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chelsea | 5/16/2011

    " Every time Connie would have a relevation that was obvious way way way before she had it, I found my self saying, "THERE you go."

    In that way it was annoying, but I enjoyed the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yona | 5/14/2011

    " I liked this book. It is interesting point of view about the Salem withes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carey | 5/12/2011

    " I liked this one, I am rather taken with the Salem witch trials and their effect on society - then and now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gray | 5/12/2011

    " Absolutely wonderful piece of work entangling the lives of two women across time via a Book of Shadows. Great story of self-discovery, filled with deep research on Salem, MA, the witch trials and the effects they had on the surrounding towns. "

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About the Author
Author Katherine HoweKatherine Howe is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane and The House of Velvet and Glass. She is a lecturer in American Studies at Cornell University. Her books have been published around the world in 23 languages to date. Visit her at www.katherinehowe.com and follow her on twitter @KatherineBHowe.
About the Narrator

Katherine Kellgren has appeared onstage in London, New York, and Frankfurt. Her work includes the role of Laura in a regional production of The Glass Menagerie and appearances on Comedy Central. She is an Audie Award–winning narrator of audiobooks and has also received the Peabody Award and forty-two AudioFile Earphone Awards.