The Witches: Salem, 1692

15 CDs. 18 hrs. Hachette Audio. 2015. ISBN 9781611137156. $35. digital download. HIST
Schiff (A Great Improvisation) offers a broader perspective on the Salem Witch Trials panic of 1692. She reminds listeners of the great hardships of the time, which included bitter weather, long gaps in communication between the villagers and the outside world, and the mistrust among neighbors. Colonial life, at its best, forced uneasy companionship in order to survive. Schiff's research is impeccable; she brings the stories of the colonists to life. Eliza Foss narrates the book with empathy.
VERDICT This work is recommended for fans of American history and Schiff's earlier books. ["This fully documented narrative, if a bit exhausting and disorganized, will find a welcome audience among readers of witchcraft or colonial histories as well as Schiff's legion of fans": LJ 9/1/15 review of the Little, Brown hc.]
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