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  • Equal Rites: Discworld, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Celia Imrie
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (85)

    Right before the wise old wizard Drum Billet died, he passed on his magical staff of power to the newborn eighth son of an eighth son. Unfortunately, Drum Billet never bothered to check the gender of the newborn baby, and it turns out it was a girl. Now his chauvinistic colleagues are forced to deal with a young girl who has all the qualifications to join their all-male profession.

    Ryan says: "Entertaining!"
    "A great voice for street mime..."
    Overall

    A poor poor poor representation of a remarkable Authors work. A brilliant, witty and entertaining edition from disc-world reluctantly, sorrowfully, painfully dragged down the blackboard of DEATH's niece with the DEATH OF RATS digging in its wee claws for maximum effect. The narrator presents with horrible attempts at character voices, sometimes bordering on unintelligible. Close to mono-tonish, with out actually qualifying AS mono-tone, alas even failing to successfully fail at that... an insomniacs biggest fantasy, was only the words of the story that kept me interested. 3 star average rating, 5 for story, 1 for narration. Sincere apologies to any and all that disagree.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jingo: Discworld, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (95)

    A weathercock has risen from the sea of Discworld, and suddenly you can tell which way the wind is blowing. As two armies march, Commander Vimes of Ankh-Morpork City Watch has got just a few hours to deal with a crime so big that there's no law against it. It's called "war"....

    Aye-Htun says: "A true Pratchett classic"
    "Trolls are Scottish???"
    Overall

    NO! No-no-no-no-NO! This simply won't do, Trolls are Scottish half the time and just plain confused the rest of the time, Angua sounds like a 6'4" male body builder recovering from a head cold, which she apparently caught from Sam Vimes judging by his voice (at least up to half way through the book before it finally developed), and lady Sybil makes me think of a portly matron with nothing but cotton wool between her ears. Sorry but if it wasn't for the storyline I'd plain give up listening all together. Nigel Planer doesn't seem to develop any characters before performing, instead just experiments along the way, changing tempo, tone and even accents along the way. I'm sorry but there other Terry Pratchett narrators that bring the story to life with such natural passion and brilliance of characters that in comparison makes me want to find Nigel Planer, fly there, and demand a refund!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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