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Andre Norton enthralled readers for decades with thrilling tales of people challenged to the limits of their endurance in epic battles of good against evil. None are more memorable than her Witch World novels.

Simon Tregarth, a man from our own world, escapes his doom through the gates to the Witch World. There he aids the witch Jaelithe's escape from the hounds of Alizon, only to find himself embroiled in a deeper war against an even deadlier foe: the Kolder.

©1986 Andre Norton (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • andrew
  • 13-12-2011

Lo-o-o-ove Andre Norton

I was introduced to Andre Norton a few months ago, and this has reopened my love for old-fashioned sci-fi... The twists, the imagination - wow... Love the different style that Andre Norton adopts.

I love driving, but now I love the audio books that go with the trip :) This is simply a "must-have" for your audio library...

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  • M. Pierson
  • 01-03-2010

Wonderful

I had read the Witch World books many years ago and enjoyed them at that time. The enjoyment of the series has been rekindled with this audio version. It was enjoyable to be reintroduced to Simon Tregarath and the Witches of Estcarp. I hope that a number of the other books are brought out. The narrator does a wonderful job with reading the book.

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  • Cyborg Caveman
  • 09-04-2018

A sci-fi classic or is that sci-fantasy?

With the benefit of 20-20 hindsight it is easy to say how could anyone not know author Andre Norton was a woman? There is a lyricism to the prose and a subtle focus upon issues of control and power that only a woman of Norton's era (or perhaps any era) could fully appreciate and covertly address. The story is straightforward adventure without many big surprises, but this classic conflict of magic versus a mechanistic society still endures and intrigues, setting the stage for a franchise that only gets better as it goes.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-04-2012

An Old Favorite

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

I am so thrilled to find that Audiobooks has the first three books in the Witch World series!!!! I owned the collection years ago, and just dearly loved the stories. However, time passes, and I no longer have the collection (my bad). Thank you, Thank you, Audible, for carrying these awesome stories!!! I am soooo looking forward to hearing my old friends spring back to life!

What other book might you compare Witch World to and why?

There is no comparison. Andre Norton ROCKS!!!

Which scene was your favorite?

I just could not tell you. From the aeries to the runes to the ancient places of power, the adventures the characters go on enthrall me and hold me spell-bound.

Any additional comments?

Sure wish these books would be made into movies. They would be AWESOME!!! Harry Potter has NOTHING on Witch World!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-11-2018

Witch World on audio!

Andre Norton's Witch World series is one of my favorites. I have enjoyed her books for over 40 years and was very happy to see the first three books of the Witch World series show up on audio. I'd be thrilled if more of her books came to Audible. (Note to Audible: Please release more of Andre's books. : ) I read a lot of her books, and it was wonderful to return to this world via audio.

The Witch World is a mix of fantasy and science fiction. It has magic and technology, travel between worlds, and good versus evil. It has strong male AND female characters-this was NOT a common occurrence in 1963 when this book was written. #GoodVsEvil #MagicSystems #PortalFantasy #Magical #HappyEnding #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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  • Amy I. Browning
  • 16-11-2018

Classic Andre Norton - superb

Engaging with Norton's sweeping and detailed style of storytelling. Very well read. Captivates the imagination.

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  • Melvin
  • 02-05-2020

Witch World.

It certainly took me long enough to get around to Andre Norton's work, it was truly worth the wait. She provides quality plot lines and great characters. I'm old fashioned I guess, I still love good old style action and romance. It is nice to know, at least in her universe, good still triumphs evil. Strong characters, great narrations and AUDIBLE's demand for quality product makes it a genuine pleasure to "LISTEN", read AUDIBLE BOOKS.I've been a user of recorded books since 1968, a couple months before there was AUDIBLE, so, for quite some time I've had an appreciation for audio books. Thanks to (NLS) National Library Service, who provide recorded audio material to Blind & Physically Handicapped persons like myself and my wife. Thanks AUDIBLE, keep up the great work!!

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  • R Schaefer aka Teseractime
  • 06-09-2017

A Sci-fi classic

I remember reading Andre Norton's Witch World series as a boy, somewhere between the age of 11 and 13. Audible has done a fine job of capturing the excitement and wonder I felt as a child, in their presentation here. Nick Podehl deliveries a great performance, as he weaves this classic sci-fi story for us modern readers. This book was published in 1963, and, as such, has to stand up against 54 years of increasingly complex and modern tales. It does so admirably, and the audio performance only highlights what an extraordinary book it is!

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  • Celtic Gardens
  • 06-05-2017

Witchworld, the beginning

This is the first book of a long series. The audible version is very well done. It captures the other world terminology and flavor of the story. I only wish ALL the books would be made into audio versions.

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  • Cindy H.
  • 08-03-2019

Which World?

I know I read this book when I was a child, but I don’t remember anything about it. So everything is new to me as I listen to the book. I’m about 2 hours in & I’m not going to be able to finish. 1st, there are too many weird(invented) place & people names that I can’t remember very well when I’m only hearing the names rather than reading the text. They just go in 1 ear & out the other. And the 2nd major thing is, the world Simon escapes to is at war. There is no build up or even any explanation of why they are at war, they just are. Plus there are time jumps that are not adequately accounted for. Just all of a sudden, it’s 7 years later. Maybe I wasn’t so critical as a child, but I just can’t listen to the rest.

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  • J Deacon
  • 23-08-2021

Classic of SF/Fantasy

Great to have this classic of fantasy/ sword-and-sorcery as an audio book.
Do listen to the sample however. The performance is a bit dull with the same cadence throughout.

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  • Nile_Etland
  • 10-11-2018

Good, but could have been better.

Andre Norton was a writer with tremendous powers of invention. The performance wasn't bad, but it could have been better; many of the readers of audio books have a tendency to rush the narrative - as is the case here.
In addition I found the pronunciation of some of the names a bit weird, Yle is unpronounceable - lacking guidance from Ms Norton I'd guess that the first letter could be pronounced 'Yee' or something similar, but Wily?? It made me think of the road-runner and Wily Coyote - beep beep!

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  • paulina
  • 20-02-2017

love it

love a witch world series hope they will make more audiobooks some day. guy performing is a bit dull tho

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  • John
  • 04-11-2013

witch world read and read

What made the experience of listening to Witch World the most enjoyable?

I had, many years ago, been an avid reader of Andre Norton and this was the first I read. It was fascinating to listen to another's way of reading the book. It was as exciting as I remember and it is a good once only read.

What did you like best about this story?

The story was an old favourite but it was nice to be read too.

Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favourite?

Tho' the accent was not as my mind had immagined, it was the way Nick narrated the whole book that made the story relive in my mind.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

My intention was to listen in small sessions, whilst driving but the style of reading ensured that I listened to the complete book much faster than I intended!!

Any additional comments?

It has confirmed my wish to buy the other books in the series and the other books by the author.

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