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Publisher's Summary

For centuries in Europe, innocent men and women were murdered for the imaginary crime of witchcraft. This was a mass delusion and moral panic, driven by pious superstition and a deadly commitment to religious conformity. In Witch: A Tale of Terror, best-selling author Sam Harris introduces and reads from Charles Mackay's beloved book Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.
Public Domain (P)2016 Sam Harris
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By aspidistra on 02-25-17

more Sam, please

What made the experience of listening to Witch: A Tale of Terror the most enjoyable?

Sam's choices from the text, and delightful reading.

Any additional comments?

I'd like to encourage Sam to do more short audiobooks like this where he excerpts some of his favorite books, does a preface, and then reads selections. I'd buy them all.

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By Karl Boone on 02-25-17

Interesting and informative

If you could sum up Witch: A Tale of Terror in three words, what would they be?

Shocking and horrifying

What was one of the most memorable moments of Witch: A Tale of Terror?

Covers in grim detail a dark and superstitious era in Europe that happened from the 12th to late into the 17th century.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

What really surprised me was that the crusaders were charged for witch craft, and later Joan of Arc. Along with the inhumanly way self-proclaimed morale people treated those accused of a non-crime. Along with the ways they used a "holy" book to justify their cruelty.

Any additional comments?

It's an informative book to listen to and Sam Harris does a great job imparting the information in the book.

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By Lee on 04-05-17

Well read and well worth a listen

Sam Harris provides a superb narration of a recap of the witch hunts in Europe, as written by Charles Mackay.

If you've a passing interest in the history of witch craft or the hysteria surrounding it, this book prides a short by instructive introduction to the history and facts of the time

It is well worth a listen, and while short, actually pretty well formed as a tight introduction.

Very good - and Sam Harris is a great narrator.

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By chris on 03-23-17

brilliant, horrifying

had to listen in two sittings because it's heavy stuff, hilarious and depressing in equal parts! brilliantly read

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By Chaz Lewis on 07-26-17

Terrifying. 0_0

Incredible to hear about these events in such detail. Couldn't stop listening. Highly recommend it

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By fabio boschetti on 02-25-17

Fascinating, incredible, yet all true.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely, a brilliant example of how bad ideas and confusion can lead to terrible consequences.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Witch: A Tale of Terror?

The abundant use of torture, and the confidence in its efficacy.

What about Sam Harris’s performance did you like?

Sam Harris is a delightful voice to have in one's ear.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, it is concise and consumable.

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