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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,216 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Updike Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9780739370827
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Toward the end of the Vietnam era, in a snug little Rhode Island seacoast town, wonderful powers have descended upon Alexandra, Jane, and Sukie, bewitching divorcées with sudden access to all that is female, fecund, and mysterious. Alexandra, a sculptor, summons thunderstorms; Jane, a cellist, floats on the air; and Sukie, the local gossip columnist, turns milk into cream. Their happy little coven takes on new, malignant life when a dark and moneyed stranger, Darryl Van Horne, refurbishes the long-derelict Lenox mansion and invites them in to play. Thenceforth scandal flits through the darkening, crooked streets of Eastwick—and through the even darker fantasies of the town’s collective psyche.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jillian | 2/20/2014

    " The king of Dick Lit! John Updike makes me happy in a way no other male author can. This book is a hilarious read. It's a book I want on my shelves. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meri | 1/28/2014

    " This novel was great and disappointing at the same time. Great, because Updike's writing style was very easy to get wrapped up in. Loved the idea of these women and their "cone of power" doing both good and evil. It was disappointing because I kept comparing it to the movie. I know I shouldn't have, but it's been one of my favorites and I couldn't control my brain. Therefore the story left much to be desired. It didn't really seem to me as if the witches "summoned" Van Horne, he just showed up and left. Very anticlimactic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brandon | 1/20/2014

    " Not as good as I was hoping. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha Sprite | 1/20/2014

    " It was good nothing like the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kylin Larsson | 1/17/2014

    " The Witches of Eastwick feels like John Updike's reaction to the phenomenon of feminism. The classic witchy features of the three divorced women felt familiar from other stories and films. The three witches unstick themselves from small town drudgery when a warlock (or demon) in the guise of Daryl Van Horne buys an old residence on the outskirts of town. I was sometimes conscious of a forced feeling to the writing, a sense of trying too hard and stumbling. That writing possesses a haunting rhythmic language and some spot-on description. I have the hardcover version with a great image of a woodcut with three witches and a human-ish creature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shane | 1/17/2014

    " Superb crafting with strong narrative. I need to read more Updike, now that his ouvre has been sealed "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leiani | 1/12/2014

    " HORRIBLE BOOK!!!!!! I couldn't finish reading it. It was bad in every way. I plan on letting everyone know how bad this book really is. I can't believe it was a move and now a TV series......it is just awful!!! BAD, BAD, BAD, BAD, BAD!!!!!!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karyn | 1/10/2014

    " I don't get it. Why do people love Updike so much? I didn't find any of the characters believable or interesting. It wasn't a hard read, didn't take that much time to get through, I just didn't understand the point behind reading such drivel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 12/11/2013

    " It's hard to understand ourselves without understanding how unmoored and freaky the middle decades of the 20th century were. This is a good place to dive in and get weird. Love the foil between New England and the West. Also, squishy, visceral descriptions of sex, anatomy, and weird 70's food. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lani | 12/9/2013

    " can be very long winded and while the story was great there were times you could skip a page altogether because it just talked about how the weather was changing "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lot | 12/6/2013

    " human weaknesses, the evil in each of us "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tina | 12/4/2013

    " While I don't like to compare books to movies, I confess I was driven to read this book purely because of the film. What a disappointment! It was so overly sexual, wordy and bizarre. I enjoyed the film a lot better and as a faithful book lover that really says something. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zach | 11/18/2013

    " twisted entertainment "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Becki | 9/20/2013

    " I found I had to stop reading because I no longer cared about any of the characters, or had reached a point of serious dislike. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alex Herr | 9/2/2013

    " Too long. Just kept going on and on. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marisa | 7/19/2013

    " Took too long to grab my attention & want to read "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melissa Torres | 6/12/2013

    " I just couldn't do it...I'm afraid I gave up on this one :-/ "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brian Wraight | 9/29/2012

    " I adore Updike, but not THIS kind of Updike -- so I put it down after 100 pages. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephmarie | 8/9/2012

    " I had high hopes for John Updike, but this book is just depressing. Gives me little hope for humanity. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Wendi | 4/7/2012

    " So far, I'm pushing myself to keep reading. Hasn't grabbed me yet. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Crystal | 1/3/2012

    " strangely enough the movie was better. the book was all tangents and blah. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 11/15/2010

    " Updike's excessively earnest readings may betray the essential subtleties of his stories, but it's pretty pardonable given that he gave us the stories in the first place. "

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About the Author
Author John Updike

John Updike (1932–2009) was the author of more than sixty books, including collections of short stories, poems, and criticism. His novels have been honored with two Pulitzer Prize Awards, the National Book Award, and the Howells Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Hugging the Shore, a collection of essays and reviews, received the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.