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.
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.
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.
Some of the reader's voices, particularly for the witches are very hard to understand. Particularly for children. There is a British accent as well, which I rather like, but compounded with the character voices with challenging to follow. Great book though, as to be expected with Dahl.
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 Witches, with Miranda Richardson's stellar performance, is definitely my granddaughter's favorite book of all time! We listen to it every few weeks. She says she loves the spooky music and the amazing story -- scary and funny and so well told.
I would love to find more books read by Miranda Richardson. I am so sad that she will not be recording any more. Such a loss, in so many ways. My granddaughter is stuck on Witches!
Laugh, for sure, and the occasional, "Ooooh!!"
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