With real-life characters like Harry Houdini, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Margery, the so-called Witch of Lime Street, award-winning narrator Simon Vance couldn’t help but be excited to bring this riveting true story to life on audio. Join him in the studio to hear why THE WITCH OF LIME STREET, which delves into the 1920s-era national debate over Spiritualism, a movement devoted to communication with the dead, is “right in [his] wheelhouse”—and read on to see what the author, David Jaher, has to say about the audiobook edition.
“I was absolutely mesmerized when I heard Simon Vance read the book.”“As an author with a background in theatre and film, I was always very conscious of the cadences and rhythms of THE WITCH OF LIME STREET narrative. I would often read passages of the book out loud and though most of the story takes place in America I found myself, for whatever reason, hearing the book’s prose through an English accent. Perhaps it is because Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, using nothing but the spoken word, played such a large role in bringing the Spiritualist revival to the United States. I also think it had a lot to do with the fact that the THE WITCH OF LIME STREET is at heart a ghost story, and the United Kingdom has always felt like a far more ghostly place than the States. Regardless, I can only say that I was absolutely mesmerized when I heard Simon Vance read the book. He reads like he is both relating and experiencing a ghostly mystery, and he also has a splendid ability to put just the right color and dramatic emphasis where it is needed. His voice lends a kind of gravitas to a book meant to conjure ancient myths and history in a modern setting. Simon has taken my work and made it his own in the way an actor might a script; he has given it the best possible expression.”—David Jaher
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THE WITCH OF LIME STREET:
“gripping…Jaher paints a fascinating portrait of spiritualism.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A colorful, fascinating depiction…”—Booklist
“Jaher’s narrative style is as engaging as his character portraits are colorful…Fascinating, sometimes thrilling, reading.”—Kirkus
“[An] excellent first book…Jaher’s narrative gifts keep the story moving.”—Library Journal