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The Witches Audiobook

The Witches

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Jenn 06-11-14
    Jenn 06-11-14
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    "AGAIN WITH THE VOLUME ISSUES"
    What disappointed you about The Witches?

    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!


    What about Miranda Richardson’s performance did you like?

    Beautifully performed the voices were wonderful!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Witches?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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~

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Shapiro 12-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "poor character voice"
    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Elicia 08-14-16
    Elicia 08-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't listen in the car"

    Do NOT listen to this book in the car, as the voice of the High Witch will make you want to drive straight into a wall. Her voice is so shrill that nails scratching on a chalk board is much more comforting. Besides making our ears bleed, we could understand about every third word of the High Witch. Did anyone at the publisher listen to this before releasing it for sale?? I would be shocked if that were the case. Besides the skin crawling voice and the inaudible performance, the sound would go from so loud your head throbbed, to so low, you had to stop a rewind a few times before you could figure out what was said. Terrible engineering by the producer. The other character voices were great. The story itself was fabulous, and the only reason we finished the book...which was no easy feat. Getting to the end was touch and go several times! Unfortunately, without knowing if Miranda Richardson is going to use her pleasant voice or her screeching voice, we will never buy a book she narrates again. This book should have come with a WARNING on the front cover. I really wish I could give this book a higher rating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ANach california 03-20-16
    ANach california 03-20-16

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    "Witches Voice is terrible"

    The voice of the high witch is terrible and difficult to understand. We didn't finish listening because of it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jaiden H. 02-05-16
    Jaiden H. 02-05-16
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    "This Book Is Amazing!!"
    Where does The Witches rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The highest this is one of my most enjoyed books, so far


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the person narrated it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Luke sees the Grand High Witches Face.


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

    No, I read it at school separate days.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, This book is Amazing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Avendesora Philadelphia, PA USA 10-04-15
    Avendesora Philadelphia, PA USA 10-04-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A little shrill at times..."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James 08-10-15
    James 08-10-15
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    "Great story, difficult to understand at times"

    Great story, though it was difficult to understand narrative when narrator was in character. Great for family road trip.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Pretty good"

    Miranda Richardson's narration of this classic tale is mostly very good. Unfortunately, the sound effects mainly detract, and her representation of The Grand High Witch is painful; she yells and shrieks, and it is often difficult to even understand what she's saying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heather 07-20-16
    Heather 07-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A whirl wind of adventure and courage!"
    Where does The Witches rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my very favorites so far!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was the grandmother in the story, because she had an amazingly huge heart and compassion that knew no bounds.


    Have you listened to any of Miranda Richardson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A witches brew- backfired.


    Any additional comments?

    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. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elisabeth MURRYSVILLE, PA, United States 07-16-16
    Elisabeth MURRYSVILLE, PA, United States 07-16-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Great fun . . ."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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