Greenwitch : The Dark is Rising

  • by Susan Cooper
  • Narrated by Alex Jennings
  • Series: The Dark is Rising
  • 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Simon, Jane, and Barney, enlisted by their mysterious great-uncle, arrive in a small coastal town to recover a priceless golden grail stolen by the forces of evil: the Dark. They are not at first aware of the strange powers of another boy brought to help, Will Stanton, nor of the sinister significance of the Greenwitch, an image of leaves and branches that for centuries has been cast into the sea for good luck in fishing and harvest.Their search for the grail sets into motion a series of disturbing, sometimes dangerous events that, at their climax, bring forth a gift that, for a time at least, will keep the Dark from rising.


What the Critics Say

"Alec Jennings does a superb job of reading this tale....His expression and pacing suit the story well, and he is at ease with Cornish names and words." (School Library Journal)


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Power from the Greenwitch...

Susan Cooper delivers yet another solid installment in the Dark is Rising sequence. Greenwitch opens with the thheft of the priceless golden grail recovered by the three Drew children in Over Sea, Under Stone. The culprits are the forces of the Dark, who are reeling from their midwinter defeat at the hands of Will Stanton and Meriman Lyon, but still determined to prevent the Light from achieving a final victory. Lyon enlists the Drews as well as Will to journey to Cornwall in an effort to reclaim the grail. As it happens, they arrive just in time for Jane to witness an ancient ceremony performed by the women of Cornwall every Spring, the making of the Greenwitch. This strange fashioning of leaves and branches is believed to bring good fortune when cast into the sea, but it soon becomes apparent that there may be more to this mysterious being than meets the eye. Things become complicated when Jane forms a strange bond of sympathy with the enigmatic being and even more so when the creature warily shows Jane its most prized possession, a small leaden case lost at the time of the finding of the grail. This case contains the only manuscript capable of deciphering the strange engravings on the surface of te golden grail, and the Dark are also after it. Will the Drews and Will succeed in recovering the grail? And even if they do, how will they persuade the Greenwitch to part with its treasure?
Once again Susan Cooper delivers a solid story and narrator Alex Jennings more than does it justic. I couldn't put it down for long.
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- Bryan J. Peterson


Subtle, intriguing, suspensful. I couldn't ask for more. Great for kids and adults.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-12-2007
  • Publisher: Listening Library