The Near Witch

Narrated by: Heather Wilds
Series: The Near Witch, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
3.6 out of 5 stars (170 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"The Near Witch" is only an old story told to frighten children. 

If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely and always looking for company. 

There are no strangers in the town of Near. 

These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life. 

But when an actual stranger, a boy who seems to fade like smoke, appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true. 

The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion. 

As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi's need to know about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy. 

Part fairy tale, part love story, Victoria Schwab's debut novel is entirely original yet achingly familiar: a song you heard long ago, a whisper carried by the wind, and a dream you won't soon forget. 

This new edition of The Near Witch also included the in-universe short story "The Ash-Born Boy" and a never-before-seen introduction from V. E. Schwab.

©2019 V. E. Schwab (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Unlistenable

I really like V.E. Schwab, and I really wanted to like this book. The narration makes that almost impossible. Heather Wilds speaks with such an odd cadence that I found it completely distracting. She ends every phrase with an upward lilt, and accents words that don’t really require any extra emphasis. She can effectively turn a single sentence into three or four different ones. If I find the time I may try to actually read this.

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Unable to get beyond the first few minutes

Sing songy narration that has a slight pause every third or fourth word making the sentences feel disjointed. I felt a bit sea sick from the rhythmic ebb and flow of misplaced pauses and odd inflections.

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Bad narrator

I really thought I would like this one, and I will probably try just reading the print book, but the narrator is horrible! She barely changes her tone and it is just hard to find the story when you’re trying to understand what she even said. I tried changing speeds and just can’t do it. I bailed after ch. 2.

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Disappointing narrator, she’s reading like a constant wave in a lake.

Narrator reads it like it’s not a novel but a response on a church service. Notice she makes this “cadence” when reading the whole story. It ruined the whole novel.

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poor narrator

struggled to finish... narrator read with a rythm hard to follow. Accent is a turn off. please sample before purchase I want my credit back

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poor narration, good story

The quality of the story is the only reason I was able to make it through this book. The pacing and inflection used by the narrator constantly pulled me out of the story and grated on my nerves. Ms Wilds puts emphasis on the last word of a phrase in a very odd manner that reminds me of a poetry reading but is not good for the flow of the tale. Her character voices and inflection during the character dialog portions was quite good if only she could stop that odd and jarring emphasis.

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The hardest listen yet.

The story could be amazing, but thanks to the narrator I won’t know. It is horrible!! Her sentences run on with this upward sounding tone and the end of them. It’s like commas and periods don’t exist.

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Worst narrator

What in the world. The narrator reads one sentence then paused. One sentence then pauses. One sentence then pauses. Definitely needs another narrator. It’s kinda monotones. Definitely listen to the sample first! I definitely didn’t even get past the first chapter before returning it.

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Great Story. Really bad narrator. ☹️

This narrator was really bad. I almost stopped listening to the story because of how bad the reading was.

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Victoria Always Had It!

Beautiful. Definitely a story worth reading if you aren't too interested in the overly intense.

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  • 08-08-20

could not listen through

I'm sure the book is good (I wanted to buy it for a while) but unfortunately the narration was so weirdly rhythmic that I could not listen to more than half an hour before giving up.

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  • 08-27-19

Narrators voice ruins the book

I think I could have enjoyed this book but the narrator's voice is highly irritating. the recieved pronunciation accent, the upward tone at the end of every sentence or comma is so distracting and irritating I couldn't concentrate on the story. her voice is constant too, not an easy listen. I wish I had listened to the reviews as they nearly all say the same. I couldn't get past the first chapter.

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