The Witch of Blackbird Pond

  • by Elizabeth George Speare
  • Narrated by Mary Beth Hurt
  • 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Orphaned Kit Tyler knows, as she gazes for the first time at the cold, bleak shores of Connecticut Colony, that her new home will never be like the shimmering Caribbean islands she left behind. In her relatives' stern Puritan community, she feels like a tropical bird that has flown to the wrong part of the world, a bird that is now caged and lonely. The only place where Kit feels completely free is in the meadows, where she enjoys the company of the old Quaker woman known as the witch of Blackbird Pond, and on occasion, her young sailor friend Nat. But when Kit's friendship with the "witch" is discovered, Kit is faced with suspicion, fear and anger. She herself is accused of witchcraft!


What the Critics Say

Newbery Medal Winner, 1959
"Mary Beth Hurt gives an excellent performance" (School Library Journal)
"Speare's classic adapts well to audio, and Hurt gives it life, and hope." (AudioFile)
"Strong plot, fully realized characters, and convincing atmosphere distinguish this historical narrative." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Listen with a friend or relative!!

This book was great on audio. In the beginning it's a wee bit confusing, but stay with it and you will be rewarded with some great characters and a wonderful story. We (mom and 10 yr old daughter) listened to it on a road trip, and we thought it was fantastic! GET IT!
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- E. Dickson

Great characters - a delightful listen!

Set in colonial New England, harsh in the physical and social senses, young Katherine arrives in this seeming cruel environment and struggles to fit in. She is changed in the process and she brings about change in this severely prejusticed society. The relationships are well described between all the various characters giving the story a richness. Understanding for people grows past just the outward appearances.The mean uncle and the old Quaker are more than what they seem to be. And true love wins the day. My 11 year-old son loved the story which is still the best proof of this story's worthiness. He's a tough critic. It is a lovely listen.
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- Susan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-07-2003
  • Publisher: Listening Library