Library Ed. Listening Library 2005
CS ISBN $40.00 Five cassettes
CD ISBN $55.00 Seven CDs
DD ISBN $25.90
Nell’s quiet life with her granny, the village midwife, is tragically interrupted by accusations of witchcraft. As Nell is watched by the powers that be, she worries about the unborn baby in the minister’s daughter’s belly. This is a story filled with vivid descriptions, as well as nasty-tempered fairies and “peskies” acting as a Greek chorus in the hedgerows. Heather O’Neill provides a steady narrative pace while appropriately varying her accents for nearly every character. From supernatural beings--high-pitched, rough, and edgy--to royalty--smooth, educated, and authoritative--O’Neill’s distinctions enhance the drama of the story. Her portrayal of the mad character is especially haunting. J.M.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine [Published: OCT/NOV 05]
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