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  • The Witches

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: Miranda Richardson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (157 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents a brand-new recording of Roald Dahl's classic The Witches, read by Miranda Richardson.

The Witches have a motto: One child a week is 52 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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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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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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Great Story

Millie loved The Witches couldn't stop listening to it loved the part when her grandson turned into a mouse
wonderful book for children...

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It had much detail and was verry interesting scary at some parts and the others were great

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classic

always loved this story. her character voices were a bit much, but still enjoyed it.

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Loved this book

I really enjoyed the book because it was interesting and funny. I would reccomend this book.

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I loved it

I loved this book as a child I used to look for witches everywhere I went

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The story that I loved

In the words on my 7yo daughter...

I loved this book. I loved the way the person read it.

I liked it because it has mice in it, but I got a bit sad in parts. It was also a teensy bit scary.

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Unable to understand

We had to endure 20minutes of the grand high witch screaming words we could not understand! It seemed her voice was at volume 10 and all other voices were level 3.

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Fantastic!

I have always loved this book, it is clever and funny and a classic book for children. This version is excellent.

A lot of people have complained it their reviews about the narrator’s accent for the Grand High Witch, but compared to the written book, the narrator said the words how they were written, and she had the correct accent, and I had no trouble understanding her at all.
Perhaps because I already knew the book almost by heart, I knew what she was saying. But I didn’t think it was an issue.

I think the narrator did a great job, and if I have any complaint about the book, it’s that there were background sound effects that were unnecessary and a little distracting at times. But that was a minor niggle and not really a problem.

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  • Stuart Fairbairns
  • 02-05-2021

Made a very long drive thoroughly enjoyable

Having not read/seen or listened to this story for many years it was sublime to immerse once more in this excellently written and extremely well performed story. thank you all for this, what warm memorise, excitement and smiles this has given my wife and I on our long journey through South Africa, our home. highly, highly recommend this wonderful story and impressive performance.

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  • Melissa
  • 26-06-2020

Perfect narration

Miranda Richardson does a stellar job of narrating this. A consumate actress and performer, she perfectly encapsulates each character - little boy, grandmother, Grand High Witch - in a way that breathes new life into a familiar story. The sound effects complemented the narrative perfectly, and I enjoyed the story as much as I ever had as a child. A deserved 5 star rating, all round.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-02-2020

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
  • 17-11-2017

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
  • 03-08-2015

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
  • 12-12-2014

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
  • 14-03-2019

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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  • mrandmrss
  • 23-12-2020

impossible to understand

I read this years ago and thought it would be great for the whole family to listen to, but it impossible to understand some of the characters. Very disappointing performance.

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  • Mark L M
  • 15-11-2020

Excruciating performance

Always loved this story but the performance of the grand high witch are so hard to listen to and unintelligible.

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  • Mr. Stephen R. Jones
  • 26-04-2020

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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  • MR
  • 23-11-2019

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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  • juliet
  • 17-09-2019

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-07-2019

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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  • lizzie halling
  • 12-03-2019

Let down!

Love the story, but the narrator completely ruined it with the screeching voice for the Grand High Witch. So horrible, I couldn’t finish the book.
Bring back Simon Callow reading it!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-12-2016

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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