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The Near Witch

Narrated by: Heather Wilds
Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
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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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  • Tara
  • 19-03-2019

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-03-2019

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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  • Asgard Oakenshield
  • 10-04-2019

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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  • Caroline Huehnerfeld
  • 07-04-2019

<br />So Bad Reading!

What is wrong with this women? It ist so Bad natorated that it IS not posible to follow the Story. Very frustrating!

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  • Dee
  • 01-04-2019

Victoria Always Had It!

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

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  • rowan
  • 27-03-2019

my son loved the story. sadly, narrator ruined it.

I couldn't listen because narrator followed same cadence the whole book unless characters were speaking. it was sooo grating. wow, I hope other Swhab books have different narrator.