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American Witches

A Broomstick Tour through Four Centuries
Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
Categories: History, American
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The history of American witches is way weirder than you ever imagined. From bewitched pigs hell-bent on revenge to gruesome 20th-century murders, American Witches reveals strange incidents of witchcraft that have long been swept under the rug as bizarre sidenotes to history.

On a tour through history that's both whimsical and startling, we'll encounter 17th-century children flying around inside their New England home "like geese". We'll meet a father-son team of pious Puritans who embarked on a mission that involved undressing ladies and overseeing hangings. And on the eve of the Civil War, we'll accompany a reporter as he dons a dress and goes searching for witches in New York City's most dangerous neighborhoods.

Entertainingly listenable and rich in amazing details often left out of today's texts, American Witches casts a flickering torchlight into the dark corners of American history.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Susan Fair (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • Amanda Little
  • 12-07-19

Dark History

Enjoyable listen, if you're into the atrocities superstition can bring about. The author tells the stories as a person skeptical of the power of witches without completely discounting or downgrading the path that they've (allegedly) chosen. More importantly, she lays out the absurdity of blaming all bad things on people who think/behave/believe outside of the status quo. She's figured out a way to explore heavy subject matter with a wry tone, without being disrespectful of those who bore the wrath of narrow-minded society.

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  • A Person With An Opinion
  • 06-12-18

A Look At Witches In America

Susan Fair wrote a very enjoyable set of congruent stories about witches through four centuries of America history. She told about the unjust treatment that precipitated from the European witchery-folklore into the loathed social outcast witch of the American colonies. The book introduce obscure tales about how native Americans fear of the unknown twisted into the damnation of white demon witches that brought death and despair to tribes. The contour of the witch proved to be alive and well in the 1920s with the rise of supernatural interest in activities such as seances. And the Blair Witch Project ransacked a small town in the USA with mass hysteria. This was a brief look at the book and it was well worth the time.

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  • R. R. Andreea
  • 02-09-17

Loved it!

If you could sum up American Witches in three words, what would they be?

Interesting, pleasurable, informative

What about Coleen Marlo’s performance did you like?

Fabulous. I could have not asked for a better narrator.

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Let me just say, they could have not made a better a choice for a narrator - Love Coleen Marlo, ever since I listened to her reading "The Poisoner's Handbook" by Deborah Blum
If you enjoy ..let's say anything witches - history, folklore, myth..- if you love this world of magic and stories, you will love this book.
I absolutly loved listening to this..finish it in 2 days.

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  • christine luschas
  • 21-08-17

loved this book!!! fun and informative!

I loved this book. I finished it in 2 days. I would listen to it again!

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  • Laura
  • 24-12-17

Worth the listen

Others have whined about the somewhat sarcastic tone of the book, but dealing with such a heavy topic either leads to reverence or dark humour. It’s a personal preference for the latter.
I was interested as genealogy has shown us related to Samuel Sewell, through his brother Stephen. I was a bit disappointed when he wasn’t mentioned as he was in Salem too.
The downside is the narrator. Her tone, inflection and performance are great, but the painful pronunciations of some fairly common words (ie sow, the female pig) are grating. I’d be enjoying parts then bam, she would glaringly mispronounce something.

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