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The students in class 6B become nervous when their teacher receives an anonymous note claiming someone in the room is a witch. For in this society, witches are outlawed, whether they are good or bad. In fact, witches are burned at the stake, because that's the law. Since nobody really wants to be burned at the stake, each student is desperate to prove somebody else is the guilty party. As the accusations fly, only the great enchanter Chrestomanci can root out the truth. With an irresistible blend of magic and humor, Witch Week is sure to be enjoyed by children of all ages.
©2005 Diana Wynne Jones; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • P.A.S.
  • Manning, OR United States
  • 10-26-05

Not just for children

Excellent young adult book that adults would like as well. For the first time, after seeing reviews that say if you like Harry Potter you will like this book, do I agree. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and wish more of Diana Wynne Jones' books were available in audio.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Alternate historys in fantasy world settings

What did you love best about Witch Week?

Diana Wynne Jones has been one of my favorite authors for over thirty years. I bought "A Tale Of Time City," when I was young and fell in love with her writing style immediately. She creates such a vivid world that holds it own life. Her characters in this book cover a full spectrum from nice to naughty, from mean to bullied and from popular to vilified.This story is based in England in the boarding school system of England. The characters are in a forced schooling system and Diana creates a dark unhappy image of that alternate world school system. The story builds including more and more characters bringing them together nicely for the conclusion of this wonderful story.There are a few weak spots in Gerard Doyle's reading style but as a whole this is a great book and a good choice. It's worth a listen and his great for young people age 12 and up.

What did you like best about this story?

The character development and twisty and turning plot. The integration of variety of sub-plots and characters makes me want to listen/read this story over and over again.

What does Gerard Doyle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He is a pleasant reader, his pronunciation of certain words in the English, (not American language) make his reading easy and interesting to listen too.

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

This book is unabridged and may be too long for just one sitting unless you have a significant time to book listening. This is a great title to listen to when you're doing long range road trips though.

Any additional comments?

This is a great classic Diana Wynne Jones title. I read this book originally perhaps third in my quest to keep up with her work. It is one of the reasons I kept reading her work into adulthood.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Johnny
  • Saint George, UT, USA
  • 12-09-09

Fantastically Awesome

This book is full of twists and turns that make it a wonder to listen to. It is hilarious and read very well.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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wonderful!

This book is fantastic. I love how the reader keeps you wanting to hear more. the writer is wonderful. as i listen i can actually see and live with the characters. a great book for long trips with any age.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Favorite chrestomanci book

Really fun ideas and individual stories. I really enjoyed the problem at hand and the way the perspective swapped between different characters.

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  • Larry
  • SPOKANE, WA, USA
  • 09-08-07

Witch Week

A very humerous romp through a class full of witches! Enjoyed this book thoroughly as did my entire family.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Not her best

I have enjoyed many of yourself his books. I can't tell if this one is not as good or if I am just getting bored by her style. However it just didn't keep my interest. It's in predictable.

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Great story.

Took a bit longer to get into but we'll worth the wait. Don't miss this one!!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Kasey
  • West Portsmouth, OH, USA
  • 05-02-10

Cheap ending, okay book

If you haven't read any previous Christomanci books the ending will seemingly come out of nowhere. Even if you have read several previous Christomani books, the solution to the main plot will still seem rather contrived. It also has several spirtual and psychological consequences that adults may find disturbing that are completly ignored in the book. These consequences may or may not occur to younger readers.

The production quality was overall quite good. The narrator had a very expressive and clear voice.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Lois
  • Parlin, NJ, USA
  • 02-24-07

Could have been good.

Very much like Harry Potter. There is a boarding school full of children discovering their magical powers. However, the main characters were flat and hardly developed. The story was predictable and the end is given away at the begining. I was expecting more from the author of Howl's Moving Castle.

0 of 8 people found this review helpful