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A detailed account of one of the strangest and most shocking episodes in American history, written by the author of "The Lottery".

Stories of magic, superstition, and witchcraft were strictly forbidden in the little town of Salem Village. But a group of young girls ignored those rules, spellbound by the tales told by a woman named Tituba. When questioned about their activities, the terrified girls set off a whirlwind of controversy as they accused townsperson after townsperson of being witches. Author Shirley Jackson examines in careful detail this horrifying true story of accusations, trials, and executions that shook a community to its foundations.

©1956 Shirley Jackson (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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short and succinct event of what happened in Salem village in the 17th century, with the final chapter nearly summing up why it happened, and why in Salem.
thoroughly enjoyed the story and narration.

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  • Felicia J
  • 14-10-16

A true historical horror

This audiobook was just what I wanted to start a few weeks of creepy, Halloween-themed reading. The true story of the witch hunts of Salem Village is more horrifying and fascinating than any fiction. What caused a group of pre-teen girls to accuse their neighbors of witchcraft? What made Salem's adults accept their claims so readily, with no solid evidence? Shirley Jackson's book is a great introduction to those questions and has definitely inspired me to read more about Salem.

Gabrielle de Cuir's expressive narration enveloped me in the narrative. She was especially good at portraying the women accused of being witches - whether they defied the authorities, laughed at the charges or eagerly implicated others

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  • Steph
  • 12-10-20

Lying little brats

The Crucible is my favorite play and I love listening to history. I really enjoyed this in-depth account of the Salem Witch trials. I learned some new things.

I had no idea that a 5 year old girl was accused and arrested. She also talks about the rich families that escaped Salem and fled to New York. People in other towns knew the trials were ridiculous and out of control. I also learned about spectral evidence.

I just can't believe they let these over theatrical children control their court for so long.

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  • angel kunkel
  • 05-10-20

well done

very well done! love her voice and telling! finished over 2 days. great way to start of my October book listening. its very sad what happened to the accused but I admit I've always found this story fascinating.

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  • Michael J Gore
  • 16-02-21

Disturbing

A wonderfully disturbing search into the Salem witch trails. Jackson writes directly and insightfully concerning this strange and horrific time of our history. Makes me wonder if she missed her calling as a writer of history.

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  • Jessica Smith
  • 13-10-20

Reading all the Shirley Jackson

As masterful as Shirley Jackson is, this might be her scariest book. It’s really disturbing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-10-20

Great Listen, Interesting

I’ve read a decent amount of books on Salem over the years, both fact and fiction. This was very good and even had a few historical points that I had never come across. The narrator was simple and elegant, very enjoyable.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-01-19

Great retelling of history!

Wonderful storytelling of a dark story in history. Shirley Jackson is one of the best!

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  • Tonya
  • 14-04-21

Very informative

This book i found to be not only interesting, but informative. The person reading the accounts I found to be easy to understand and her voice very clear.

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  • J. S.
  • 14-03-21

Just read The Crucible instead

This is dry non fiction. If you're expecting Shirley Jackson horror, you're in the wrong place. There's not much new here except in the final two chapters. I'd rather have read The Crucible again.

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  • Kimba Herman
  • 05-03-21

Salem witches

This is a very intelligent, concise, well-researched and important book on the Salem witch trials. Well written and well read!

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  • EGM
  • 03-01-18

A chilling, fascinating non-fictionalised account.

This book is perfect for anyone wishing to know a bit more about the infamous Salem witch trials, namely: how horrific the ordeal actually was, the extremes that those people got to, and the repressive, hypocritical society they lived in. For the most part, the author draws from extant trial records and correspondence, and lets the picture of mass hysteria speak for itself. Very well narrated, too.

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