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The Witches

Narrated by: Miranda Richardson
Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 8-10
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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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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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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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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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great

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

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Scrumdiddlyumptious

An incredible tale full of laughes and giggles. This book makes me want more and Miranda Richardson truly brings it to life.

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Brilliant but Spooky

This story is amazing! Miranda did so well at telling the story that when the Grand High Witch was angry, I was terrified, and I’m 13!!!

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From a seven year old girl

I loved it so much, I put it on every day. Super reading and a very exciting story.

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  • 23-11-19

First book I've returned

I love this story and the narrator does a mostly good job. However, as others have said, the chapters involving the grand high witch are pretty unbearable and there's spikes in the volume that make these parts an unpleasant listen.
There are also sound effects played throughout the narration. I found these to be clumsy, often poorly timed and just generally immersion breaking.
I could put up with either the grand high witch or the sfx, but both of them together means I wouldn't listen to this again, so I've returned it.

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Amazing<br />

Loved it amazing gripping story read by the best children's aurther the amazing Roald Dhal


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Great for long journies

Excellent, kids loved it. The narrator really brings the story to life, kept the kids listening throughout

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  • 14-02-20

Amazing!

I had fun with this one. Finished it in a day! Can’t stay off it at all. When I’m not listening to it, I’m thinking about it. Wonderful!

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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!!