The Witches

  • by Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by Miranda Richardson
  • 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This is not a fairy tale. This is about real witches.
Grandmamma loves to tell about witches. Real witches are the most dangerous of all living creatures on earth. There's nothing they hate so much as children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to get rid of them. Her grandson listens closely to Grandmamma's stories - but nothing can prepare him for the day he comes face-to-face with The Grand High Witch herself!


What the Critics Say

"Dahl's stories work better in audio than in print.... The best of the lot, I think, is Miranda Richardson's The Witches. In her voice, the main witch, a kind of demented Lady Hitler with a hoarse Teutonic caw, rolls her rrr's like a machine gun. She gives a musical delivery that can turn the word 'cheese' into a five-syllable delicacy spilled in a descending glissando of notes. My middle-school children could hardly understand this character, partly because whenever she started speaking they screamed with laughter.... Richardson's élan and glee at The Witches, well, bewitched me." (Gregory Maguire, The New York Times Book Review)


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Customer Reviews

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What disappointed you about The Witches?

Again, as with Matilda, I was horribly disappointed by the volume levels of this book! It goes from whisper to blast your ear drums and back again and again, it's maddening to listen to!

What about Miranda Richardson’s performance did you like?

Beautifully performed the voices were wonderful!

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Witches?

If I could play editor, I would do NOTHING but LEVEL out the Volume! It's unfair to ruin such a perfect book and potential great experience because someone behind the scenes is incompetent.

Any additional comments?

I truly hate to report we shut this book off two hours prior to the finish even though we didn't want to at all, simply because the volume was giving us a headache and distracting horribly from the story and beautiful performance that was being given by Miranda Richardson~

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- Jenn

poor character voice

How could the performance have been better?

The voice performed for the Grand High Witch is almost impossible to understand. It's too much. My kids and I were all confused as we listened on our commutes to school. Other than that, it was great.

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- Gary Shapiro

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-26-2013
  • Publisher: Listening Library