This is not a fairy tale. This is about real witches.
Grandmamma loves to tell about witches. Real witches are the most dangerous of all living creatures on earth. There's nothing they hate so much as children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to get rid of them. Her grandson listens closely to Grandmamma's stories - but nothing can prepare him for the day he comes face-to-face with The Grand High Witch herself!
©2007 Roald Dahl (P)2007 Penguin Audio
"Dahl's stories work better in audio than in print.... The best of the lot, I think, is Miranda Richardson's The Witches. In her voice, the main witch, a kind of demented Lady Hitler with a hoarse Teutonic caw, rolls her rrr's like a machine gun. She gives a musical delivery that can turn the word 'cheese' into a five-syllable delicacy spilled in a descending glissando of notes. My middle-school children could hardly understand this character, partly because whenever she started speaking they screamed with laughter.... Richardson's élan and glee at The Witches, well, bewitched me." (Gregory Maguire, The New York Times Book Review)
Again, as with Matilda, I was horribly disappointed by the volume levels of this book! It goes from whisper to blast your ear drums and back again and again, it's maddening to listen to!
Beautifully performed the voices were wonderful!
If I could play editor, I would do NOTHING but LEVEL out the Volume! It's unfair to ruin such a perfect book and potential great experience because someone behind the scenes is incompetent.
I truly hate to report we shut this book off two hours prior to the finish even though we didn't want to at all, simply because the volume was giving us a headache and distracting horribly from the story and beautiful performance that was being given by Miranda Richardson~
The voice performed for the Grand High Witch is almost impossible to understand. It's too much. My kids and I were all confused as we listened on our commutes to school. Other than that, it was great.
The highest this is one of my most enjoyed books, so far
The way the person narrated it.
When Luke sees the Grand High Witches Face.
No, I read it at school separate days.
Yes, This book is Amazing.
The story is delightful. While I appreciate Richardson's dynamic reading for the most part, some of her witch impressions were hard on the ears.
One of my very favorites so far!
My favorite character was the grandmother in the story, because she had an amazingly huge heart and compassion that knew no bounds.
This is the only one I have listened to so far- but because of her wonderful performance, I will check out more books narrated by her.
A witches brew- backfired.
A fantastic book by Roald Dahl and an incredible performance by Miranda. I loved this so very much, its not just for kiddos you know. :)
beware the witch monologue feels a little like getting yelled at for five or ten solid minutes. 6 year old and 3 year old liked it lots on our road travels.
Great story. The narrator has a great voice. I don't particularly care for the inclusion of background sounds. Also I feel like some of the parts are overly dramatized and the dynamics in volume are too great. For me those aspects are a negative, for a child they might find them a positive.
I suggest listening to the collection that is narrated by Dahl and compare for yourself. Dahl sets the bar in his narration--I wish the studios had emulated Dahl's reading style.
I purchased all the Dahl audiobooks and so far have the same criticism for all of them.
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