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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,296 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Diana Wynne Jones Narrator: Gerard Doyle Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2005 ISBN:
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The students in class 6B become nervous when their teacher receives an anonymous note claiming someone in the room is a witch. For in this society, witches are outlawed, whether they are good or bad. In fact, witches are burned at the stake, because that's the law. Since nobody really wants to be burned at the stake, each student is desperate to prove somebody else is the guilty party. As the accusations fly, only the great enchanter Chrestomanci can root out the truth. With an irresistible blend of magic and humor, Witch Week is sure to be enjoyed by children of all ages. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 1/24/2014

    " It all started when I tried to read a book about Palestine and it was entirely too dry for the exhausted state I'm in (I teach - nuff said) so I pulled this from my shelf. Diana Wynne Jones is 'that' author for me. She's the one I crawl to whenever I need a comfort read and Witch Week was no different. She throws you right into the action in class 6B where someone is accused of being a witch.. a dangerous accusation in a world where they burn witches and those suspected of being a witch. All the kids in Larwood orphanage are witch orphans so they suspect each other, yet which among them is a witch? DWJ does an excellent job of creating her characters as they are all flawed in some way and as you read this or any other of her other Chrestomanci series books, you can't help but notice the uncanny parallels with Harry Potter, almost to the point where you could easily claim that JK Rowling pulled a majority of her stuff from DWJ. I'm so sad that DWJ passed away earlier this year... her positive impact on both the genre of children's fantasy literature and my own life is indisputable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessie | 1/22/2014

    " I like this novel a lot more than The Magicians of Caprona, but I do think it drags a bit in places. It really picks up when Chrestomanci shows up near the end, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki ~ no time to read | 1/20/2014

    " I read this book for a seventh grade book report, and I've been killing myself trying to remember the title, and i finally did! I should probably reread it because i seriously don't remember a thing... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Delilah Des | 1/17/2014

    " What an absolutely charming and compelling book. Wish I'd read this as a child, but still a cracking read as an adult, much more coherent and well-characterised than That Other Book About Wizards. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Kirk | 1/14/2014

    " This book certainly held my attention, and there were a lot of interesting developments along the way. Also, unlike The Magicians of Caprona I have a pretty good idea of who Chrestomanci is (Christopher Chant). However, I wasn't too keen on the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 1/14/2014

    " Didn't like this one as well, in fact was not liking it much, until the end. Redeemed herself then. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terrie | 1/14/2014

    " This book reminded me of days when I was young and would snuggle under the covers and read whilst the wind and rain battered against the windows. It reminded me of the days when my son was younger and we would all sit together at night whilst one of us read a story aloud. It reminded me of times when I needed a best friend and found it in a well loved book. Diana Wynne Jones has created a book that I know I will return to again. It's a book full of humour, interesting characters and a story line that makes you want to keep reading. Witch Week is a book for anybody who wants an escape from reality, gentle humour and an easy, engaging read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher Baldwin | 12/30/2013

    " Another fun one in the Chrestomanci series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Warren | 12/16/2013

    " Confusing at first, but I got it in the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 C. | 12/9/2013

    " have I ever mentioned that Diana Wynne Jones is the best ever? Well, she is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 11/3/2013

    " #4 Guy Fawkes fault! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Felicia | 7/14/2013

    " Another one of my childhood favorites. As if adolescence didn't offer enough problems, some of the children at this boarding school are witches - and witchcraft is illegal. Clever and hilarious, I would be willing to read this again as an adult. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret Westfall | 4/7/2013

    " Great fun, like all Diana Wynne Jones. This is a little darker than most. All too realistic portrayal of the evil narrow-minded beliefs cause. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth A. | 3/24/2013

    " It was a quick read, interesting and funny. Well done characters and interactions, and an unexpected plot resolution. I really enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 S.N.Arly Arly | 2/19/2013

    " I love this book. There are parts that just never fail to make me laugh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaethe | 11/23/2012

    " The wonderful thing about Wynne Jones and this series, is how different the stories are. This one is a boarding school farce, a delight to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danielle | 9/10/2012

    " This third book of the series was the hardest to get into for me - the characters were not as appealing or easy to read as the previous two. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janine | 8/12/2012

    " This is such a good book, depicting a climate of fear and how horrific school can be so so well. Especially loved the character definitions of 'real boys/girls'. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosemary | 7/20/2012

    " I read this book when I was about nine. I don't remember much about it except that I loved it and stayed up,secretly, far past my bedtime to finish it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenifer | 7/9/2012

    " Again, probably really a 3 1/2 star book for me. It was recommended by a friend or I'd probably have never picked up this book. A quick and fun read. I enjoyed the story and the characters, not particularly deep, but has some food for thought about prejudices, changing the world, loyalty, etc. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 keri. | 3/5/2012

    " everyone in this book was horrid. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 inkdaemon | 12/8/2011

    " This book seems to lag a little bit in the series, but still enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kayla Raine | 10/22/2011

    " I read this book while searching for a witch book that I read as a child. I don't think this was the book, but it was an entertaining and quick read, none-the-less. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vance | 5/11/2011

    " A little slow starting but it picked up and I enjoyed it. Chrestomanci is a Enchanter, and the name is a title not a given name. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 4/17/2011

    " I read this years ago, as a kid. Will re-read soon.

    I remember even at the age of 11, ripping through this volume in less than a day. How? Iunno. Pick it up and find out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 4/11/2011

    " Fun and interesting. A very imaginative set of tales. I'm never sure which story I enjoy more from this one as they both have their own merits. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 1/27/2011

    " I was frustrated by the apparent stupidity of both of the characters, they should have been able to figure things out, but the books were fun and engaging, and very imaginative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lady | 1/20/2011

    " Among the best fantasy I've ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 1/10/2011

    " I liked these books a lot. I found this one at a yard sale and was so taken with the otherworldlyness of them that I bought the next two of them "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Riannon | 12/4/2010

    " This was undoubtedly well written and had interesting characters, but I felt like it lacked something to make it as compelling and exciting as my favorite books are. When it ended, I was left feeling a little depressed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cristi | 11/24/2010

    " Really interesting read. But I was never ready to leave the story, I was always left craving more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Micah | 11/20/2010

    " This book was one of my favorites of Diana's! "

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About the Author
Author Diana Wynne Jones

Diana Wynne Jones (1934–2011) was an internationally bestselling British fantasy author. Although she was best known for her children’s books, Jones wrote anthologies, short stories, and nonfiction works for both children and adults. She has won numerous awards and accolades throughout her career, including the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement, the Guardian Award for Children’s Books, and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award; she has also been a runner-up for the British Carnegie Medal twice. A number of her novels have been adapted into movies, both for the big screen and for television. Her book Howl’s Moving Castle was made into a Japanese animated movie by filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. Among her most well-known works are the Chrestomanci series, the Derkholm series, and The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, which won the Hugo Award for Nonfiction. Jones lived in Bristol, England.

About the Narrator

Gerard Doyle, award-winning narrator, was born of Irish parents and raised and educated in England. In Great Britain he has enjoyed an extensive career in both television and repertory theater and toured nationally and internationally with the English Shakespeare Company. He has appeared in London’s West End in the gritty musical The Hired Man. In America he has appeared on Broadway in The Weir and on television in New York Undercover and Law & Order. A seasoned narrator, he has been awarded thirty-one AudioFile Earphones Awards, was named a Best Voice in Young Adult Fiction in 2008, and won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2006 for The Dead Yard by Adrian McKinty.