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The Witches

Written by: Roald Dahl
Narrated by: Miranda Richardson
Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
5 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Roald Dahl's classic The Witches, read by Miranda Richardson.

The Witches have a motto: One child a week is fifty-two a year. Squish them and squiggle them and make them disappear.

The Grand High Witch of All the World is the scariest of the lot, but one boy and the grandmother he adores have a plan to get rid of the witches for good.

©2014 Roald Dahl (P)2014 Penguin Books Limited

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Great story but difficult to decipher he dialog in places

The story is great - my children and I read the paperback and loved it.
We did enjoy this podcast over all, but found one section of the story (when the witches have their annual conference) very hard to make out what the narrator was saying because she had adopted a very “evil” accent for the witches, especially the grand high witch.
For about 30-40 minutes my children kept saying “what did she say?” and I usually had no idea what was being said - the accent was far too strong.
When that section past we enjoyed the rest of the book.

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  • JennyC
  • 17-11-17

Wonderful audio rendition of the book!!

Excellent storyteller! My son absolute loved it! Dramatic and highly entertaining, it was captivating all throughout.

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  • Moeeze
  • 03-08-15

Perfect Fiction

Roald dahl always inspires me with his awesome writings. Its wonderful because i got it for free!!

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  • Kerry Coupe
  • 12-12-14

Really good to listen to

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would defiantly recommend this. its perfect to listen to on long journeys, and reminds you of your childhood with Dahl.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Witches?

When the cook chops off the end of the tail of the young boy who is now a mouse.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

when the boy told his grandma that he was happy that he wouldn't have a long life as a mouse because he didn't want to live without her.

Any additional comments?

If you want something to listen to that's nice and easy this is it. I would say that sometimes Miranda voice is hard to understand when she is the high grand witch but besides that its brilliant.

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  • Rubylovestoread
  • 14-03-19

Wonderfully witchy

Really enjoyed listening to this. I love Roald Dahl's imagination along with his dark humour. The story is engaging and certainly entertains all the way through.
Miranda is so wonderful with her accents and rolling Rrrrrs.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-12-16

Terrible grand high witch

Love this story we decided to listen to on a recent car journey. Had to turn it off in the end due to the incomprehensible shouting voice of the grand high witch.

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  • victoria stannard
  • 29-03-16

great

Great book!!! I can imagine it happening.
It is very ,very well written.
I loved it.

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  • juliet
  • 17-09-19

Nicely done bar one point

This is a qellvoiced and faithful retelling of the original story. the relationship and the love between grandmother and grandchild comes through well and all the voices are good....except for certain scenes with the Grand High Witch. Like several other reviewers here have already mentioned, when she is yelling and screaming her voice becomes unintelligible and annoying to an extent that you don't want to listen anymore. I a totally started skipping those parts. other than that, very good.

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  • louise pearson
  • 08-08-19

Must hear

Brilliant! I was a fan of the film when I was young so I purchased the book for a plane journey -a very good idea!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-07-19

Grand High Witch

The narrator was all brilliant until she started reading the part of the Grand High Witch, gosh I couldn't hear a word she said, plus she just yelled and screamed non-stop, it was awful for the ears, what a waste of my money, very unpleasant experience.

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  • s oglina
  • 20-05-19

just brilliant

We thoroughly enjoyed this book ... We listened to it on our way to school every day for a week.
Every bit of it was exciting

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  • Mr A G Brown
  • 25-04-19

Wiches

This book was scary

Ages 6 to 9 should read it


This was super good

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  • ricke williams
  • 24-04-19

Uncompromising in its horror and word pkay

Loved it totally brilliant. Took several breaks during the housework to listen to it. I've read it and seen the film and was still hooked

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  • Dianne
  • 05-10-17

Hard to listen to

I love this story and most of the narration was done very well, but I did not understand a single word the Grand High Witch said. was super distracting and put me off listening to it. wish there was another version on audible.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-01-19

Fantastic book

It was a amazing book I loved it my favourite part was when he went to the ball room and discovered all the witches

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  • Camille Whalley
  • 06-06-18

From Darcy: 6 years old

I love this book because it is cool. I love this audio book because it is famous. I enjoyed it because of the witches, that’s all.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-01-18

Grand High Witch - Inaudible

The Grand High Witch is the best part of the story, and up until that point, it was fabulous, however the narration of the voice is absolutely awful - the accent is loud, rough, and unable to be understood by adults and children alike.

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  • Kat
  • 18-10-17

good

hard to understand the grand high witch accent but loved grandmama and the story. thanks

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  • stuart
  • 11-01-17

So well told and of course masterfully written

So easy to listen to her voice. loved all the different voices for all the characters. I also liked the little sounds that followed the story. it's a beautifully written story but I think it could be a tiny bit scary for kids under 8. never boring

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  • Susanne
  • 23-06-17

Roald Dahl done just right.

The voices done so well I almost turned it off a couple of times when the witches were showing their icky evilness to give myself a break. .. and In a grown up!

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  • serena
  • 05-09-15

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