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Publisher's Summary

Audible narration by Margo Martindale (Mrs. America)
In the wake of a brutal crime, three people cross paths in this unflinching deconstruction of moral uncertainty, shifting perceptions, and sexual violence by Mary Gaitskill, the critically acclaimed author of Bad Behavior.

Mark is the accused rapist. Miss P. is the victim, his former teacher. Moira M. is an apathetic juror. As the trial unfolds in this intense short story, three personal histories emerge, along with three alarmingly different points of view: Obsessed and angry. Menaced and disillusioned. Disaffected and searching through an unexamined life for moral conviction.

Mary Gaitskill’s Bear Witness is part of Out of Line, an incisive collection of funny, enraging, and hopeful stories of women’s empowerment and escape. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single thought-provoking sitting.

©2020 Mary Gaitskill (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • RueRue
  • 11-09-20

Confusing

Not one of the better Audible Originals. The story was confusing because Margo Martindale, reading the two female characters POV, gave no voice distinction between them. She’s a good actress, but not a good narrator, she read everything in a monotone. R.C. Bray was great ( as always). The story doesn’t really have a conclusive ending, and there is no motivation for the crime. Not worth even 1 hour of listening.

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  • nancy
  • 02-10-21

Dont understand why

Contrary to other reviews I did find that the extremely mono tone of the narratir was fitting to the story. Like many readers I too didnt get till the end that the juror and old lady were two different people. TIll the end I was a bit confused, but overall dont even understand what was the point of the story. Dont have to worry about spoilers as the book details tells the whole story and THAT IS the whole story! But why was the book even written? There is no thought invoking, nothing to pounder, just nothing but the story. Nothing even revealed, the details is the book. If I missed something would love to know. I will not listen again to see.

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  • escoocoo
  • 28-09-21

Creepy. Disturbing.

This was a good story, although a little hard to follow. The writing is very good, and I enjoyed listening to the narration, both narrators. Very deeply disturbing, enhanced by the tone of the female narrator, who sounded, actually, very much like a man….😳. But I DID like it, in a deeply disturbing way….🤨

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  • Jonathan
  • 24-10-20

Confusing

The narrator did such a poor job that I did not realize there were two separate women until nearly the end of the story when I was so confused that I looked up the story description again. By then I had already mixed everything up. I couldn’t really tell you if I liked the story since I couldn’t follow it past the poor narrator.

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  • jen4choice
  • 17-10-20

Sickening rage

A well-crafted short story in which the author intended not to provide all the answers or a tidy conclusion... But left me with a feeling of sickening rage at the injustice and the violence nonetheless.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-10-20

crazy but interesting

An interesting tale of how someone can become crazed by young obsession for a teacher.