The Near Witch

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2019
9 hours 29 minutes
“The Near Witch” is only an old story told to frighten children.

If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company.

There are no strangers in the town of Near.

These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life.

But when an actual stranger, a boy who seems to fade like smoke, appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true.

The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion.

As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi’s need to know about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy.

Part fairy tale, part love story, Victoria Schwab’s debut novel is entirely original yet achingly familiar: a song you heard long ago, a whisper carried by the wind, and a dream you won’t soon forget.

This new edition of The Near Witch also included the in-universe short story “The Ash-Born Boy” and a never-before-seen introduction from V. E. Schwab.

I would of loved to have given this book a listen but the narrator ruined it for me. The cadence of her voice didn’t make sense.

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Karen V.

I liked the book okay. I’m a fan of the author and this is an early work. However the narrator was terrible. Her voice was nice and the voices she adopted for some of the characters were well done but she read the narration parts in a song-song way that almost made me stop listening. She read is like it was a limerick or something with recurring standard inflections that were not informed by the story

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Danna A.

It is unfortunate that the narrator is so… The story is good enough that I endured it but I highly recommend having it done again.

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