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The Witches [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Roald Dahl , Miranda Richardson

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Book Description

Aug. 20 2013
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!

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Product Details

  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio; Unabridged edition (Aug. 20 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611761867
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611761863
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 13.2 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #346,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

Whitbread Award, American Library Association Notable Children’s Books, New York Times Book Review Notable Children’s Books of the Year, New York Times Outstanding Books of the Year

From ERICA JONG'S review in THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW:

“ ‘The Witches’ is a heroic tale. A schoolboy is transformed into a tiny mouse (with, however, the mind and language of a very bright child), and through his extraordinary bravery, he manages to save all the children of England from the same fate. Under the surface of this deceptively simple tale, which whizzes along and is great fun to read, lurks an interesting metaphor. This is the equation of childhood with mousedom. A child may be smaller than all the witchy, horrifying adults, but he can certainly outwit them. He is tiny and crushable, but he is also fast and well-nigh invisible. With the assistance of his benevolent Grandmamma (who hoists him up to things he can’t reach, secretes him in her handbag, feeds and cuddles him), he is able to outsmart nearly the whole adult world . . . The boy doesn’t mind being a mouse, he says, because ‘It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like so long as somebody loves you.’ And, indeed, the hero of this tale is loved. Whether as a boy or a mouse, he experiences the most extraordinary and unqualified approval from his grandmother—the sort of unconditional love adults and children alike crave.”

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. He spent his childhood in England and, at age eighteen, went to work for the Shell Oil Company in Africa. When World War II broke out, he joined the Royal Air Force and became a fighter pilot. At the age of twenty-six he moved to Washington, D.C., and it was there he began to write. His first short story, which recounted his adventures in the war, was bought by The Saturday Evening Post, and so began a long and illustrious career.

After establishing himself as a writer for adults, Roald Dahl began writing children’s stories in 1960 while living in England with his family. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.

Roald Dahl is now considered one of the most beloved storytellers of our time. Although he passed away in 1990, his popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant PeachMatildaThe BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.

Learn more about Roald Dahl on the official Roald Dahl Web site: www.roalddahl.com

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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  16 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was a pleasant surprise to me July 28 2014
By Ken - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was a pleasant surprise to me. I had formed an opinion from somewhere that Roald Dahl wrote in more of a psychedelic style, like The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury, than this book was written. That kept me from looking further into any of his works until I picked up this book for a quick, season-appropriate read.

It turned out to be a really nice read that left me wanting to read more about the adventures of the boy (spoiler avoided) and his Grandmamma.

5 STARS, favorited
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4.0 out of 5 stars good book May 31 2014
By GGillee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The book was cute I liked how descriptive it was. I would recommend it for kids who have big imaginations and this book will make them think.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! Oct. 6 2013
By C. Whitcher - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Miranda is fabulous in reading The Witches! Haven't taught this in class yet, but just listened to the first CD and love it! My students are going to be so excited when we start this book. Set comes with 4 CDs.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great English Humor June 30 2014
By Stonebridge Snob - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Great book, funny read. Our 7 year old read this to himself and loved it. We have a very English sense of humor (on account of being English, I suppose) and this really suits our fancy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sophia's review July 8 2014
By Atsuko Maruono - Published on Amazon.com
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so awesome it is scary and funny i had so much fun reading it i have to say it is now one of my favorite books

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