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  • Greenwitch

  • Book 3 of The Dark Is Rising Sequence
  • By: Susan Cooper
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (215 ratings)

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Greenwitch

By: Susan Cooper
Narrated by: Alex Jennings
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Summary

Simon, Jane, and Barney, enlisted by their mysterious great-uncle, arrive in a small coastal town to help 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.

Listen to more in the Dark Is Rising Sequence.
©2007 Susan Cooper (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group.

Critic reviews

"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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Short but packed

Really enjoying Alex Jennings' narration and continuing journey the Dark is Rising sequence again. Looking forward to the next book

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Great reading of a much loved story, but chapter breaks all wrong.

This was is my favourite book from The Dark is Rising sequence, and Alex Jennings is a very good narrator.

There are a couple of instances where the wrong word has been used but my main problem with this audiobook is that the chapter breaks are not in the right places. The reading has been arbitrarily split into six roughly equal ‘chapters’, which don’t correspond to the thirteen chapters of the book.

This means that setting the sleep timer to « end of chapter » means it finishes in the middle of a book chapter.

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perfect

loved book since my childhood. wonderful story/author. perfect narrator. well done audiable. glad you kept the same narrator through the five book series.

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another wonderful book

Whilst not quite as superb as The Dark is Rising, the explorations of myth and the sensitive depiction of the characters makes this a wonderful read.
The narrator is good - his voice clear and understated in a way appropriate for Cooper's writing. My only issue was some awkward editing between chapters.

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Another riveting tale

This is the 3rd installment in The Dark is Rising series and I just couldn't stop listening! The Greenwitch story is steeped in myth and legend and I love the amount of detail the author goes into. I can't wait until I listen to the next book :)

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Still much loved

I first read The Dark is Rising series in the 70s!
Now, some 40 years later I have still loved it, and this audio version read by the wonderful Alex Jennings is just as enjoyable.
Alex is a great reader and brings the characters the settings and the story itself to life.
I’ve got to finish this review now.; I’m off to listen to part 3!

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great reading of a great story!

another great reading of a great adventure, highly recommend for all children and young adults!

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A good family listen.

What made the experience of listening to Greenwitch the most enjoyable?

The narration is excellent. It's written in a similar pace to the Narnia stories and my kids seem to enjoy these more than a lot of modern stories.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My kids loved Barney, but they thought he was funnier in the first book.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The boys get invited into the artists caravan - kids thought it was scary but exciting too.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It was nice that Jane had a stronger role in this one.

Any additional comments?

We couldn't find the second book in the series on audio book so we will have to buy the paperback. As soon as it was finished the kids asked me to get the Grey King so it looks like we will finish the series.

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  • Bryan J. Peterson
  • 27-06-12

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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  • Nathan
  • 05-02-14

If you like the first book you'll be happy

It is short which unfortunately I found was a good thing. It returns to the narrative style of the first book in the series, which I prefer and joins the characters from the two previous books. The kids personality are different and what I imagine kids are like. A lot of it was entertaining during the read but reflecting back doesn't hold much substance.
Other then the begging setup it didn't draw me in, no great sense of urgency, mystery, plot twist or sense of wounder. Might be too formulaic, simple and not perhaps what was unique when it was written has been done many times since..
Like the others two books I think it aimed at kids so it probably good for it's intended audience. If you like the first book but was put off by the second, you'll be happy with this.
Narrator did an excellent job differentiating the voices but may not have put much emotion into it.

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  • Sunshine Reader
  • 30-11-08

Excellent

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

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  • KrisdLundgren
  • 19-08-21

fantastic

The book kept me interested alkthe way through. The readers voice was relaxing and interesting. I couldn't wait each day for time to listen to more.

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  • thayer11
  • 25-03-21

Great Book

I loved this book just as much as the previous ones. The plot is a bit straight forward but other than that the book was great! It was nice seeing both sets of characters get together.

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  • Lars1470
  • 17-03-21

Puuls me into the story every time I listen to it.

this is such a great series, one of my all time favorites ! I highly recommend this whole series!

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  • Leslie Nelson
  • 13-06-20

Magical.

Alex Jennings is astounding! He totally made the experience. Now I want the whole collection, & more read by him.

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  • LoveAGoodBook
  • 31-01-20

Good story, flawless narration

Not as powerful or masterful as "The Dark Is Rising", partly because of the necessity of including the Drew children again, but it moves the story along. Part of the problem with this chapter in the series is after the training of Will Stanton in the previous book and the establishment of his maturity level, the Drew children are just that--children. Their role is greatly reduced to simply being protected by the Old Ones, except for the odd instance of their happening to be useful. Everybody who isn't an Old One or a servant of the Dark is pretty much of a prop. I guess that's the problem when you essentially have immortal gods battling each other.

The narration is flawless, with Alex Jennings giving not merely a narration of the words but an actual performance with multiple personalities, emotions, and delightful accents. He serves to heighten the story beyond the words themselves and makes it a real delight to listen to.

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  • Hakeem Brown
  • 14-11-19

Great Story weird editing.

I give it a 4 only because of how it was edited,. The chapters cut off almost in the middle of the last words which makes it feel rushed. They also crammed multiple chapters of the book into single chapters in the app.

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  • LMH
  • 09-08-19

Great over all

The only thing I didn’t love about this book is the editing. The “transitions” to the next chapters are a bit jarring. Otherwise, it’s very good.