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The Witches Audiobook

The Witches

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!
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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 Ă©lan 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~

    6 of 6 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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    ANach california 03-20-16
    ANach california 03-20-16 Member Since 2016

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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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    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 Member Since 2014
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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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    knabstr 05-11-16
    knabstr 05-11-16
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    "Another Dahl classic - but overly dramatized."
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Megan B. Raymond 03-20-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome audio"

    It is almost like you are there đŸ‘đŸ»đŸ‘đŸ»
    There's sounds that shows his real emotions.Awesome book!!😍

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Galera 03-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic"

    Wonderful book full of magic and mystery. Fantastic movie too! Love the magic and the witches evil plots!

    0 of 0 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vera NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA, United States 10-26-15
    Vera NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA, United States 10-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Timeless Kids' Classic!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Witches to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because the reader had a perfect story telling voice!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I just finished listening to this narration with my 8-year-old daughter and she absolutely loved it!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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