There are the witches: young Agnes, who is really in two minds about everything; Magrat, who is trying to combine witchcraft and nappies; Nanny Ogg, who is far too knowing; and Granny Weatherwax, who is big trouble.
And the vampires are intelligent, with fancy waistcoats and lots of style. They're out of the casket and want a bite of the future.
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"Pratchett lampoons everything from Christian superstition to Swiss Army knives here, proving that the fantasy satire of Discworld 'still ate'nt dead'." (Publishers Weekly)
"Every sentence is made to sing for its supper, and it is this precision that allows [Pratchett] such meticulous control of the pacing, the plotting, and of course, the humour." (The Times [London])
"Another sidesplitting Discworld adventure." (Kirkus)
The story is 5 star, but I wasn't as impressed with the narration. If you are used to Stephen Briggs's narrating, this will be quite different for you as well! However, it wasn't all bad--it just took some getting used to. He also reads a little slower than Stephen Briggs, which helped me catch a little more detail on the first listen. I would definetly listen to the sample first to see if you like it, but other than that, there were no problems for me.
Nigel Planer is marvellous and it is wonderful to spend time back in Lancre after so long away at Ankh Morpork.
"A book with bite"
I have never come across a Discworld book that fails to enthral and delight, and this one is about a good as they get. From the witty one-liners, to the struggle between good and evil (an even harder battle to fight when it takes place inside your own head) and the problems with The Maiden, The Mother and The Other One. A truly wonderful story to sink you teeth (or fangs) into.
"Great story - shame about the narration"
Agree with the other reviewer about the failings of Nigel Planer's narration - which is a shame because his performances on Witches Abroad and Maskerade are better. What is really irritating is the lack of consistency in the voices between books - particularly noticeable with Agnes who has an entirely different accent to the one in Maskerade! Anyone who is looking for good Pratchett narration should go for the later Discworld unabridged books as performed by the amazing Stephen Briggs - whose voices are perfect for the characters and absolutely consistent between books.
This is a terrific book, funny and pacy. But I didn't like Nigel Planer's performance - everyone sounds the same, and they all sound stupid. Sheila Hancock makes a much better Granny Weatherwax.
I won't be buying any of the other Pratchett audiobooks, shame, because I love them.
I am not a fan of vampire stories in general, so I was a little worried, but it was a very good story. Funny and engaging as always.
The role of Agnes Nitt in the story is very unique and well written
Nigel Planer is excellent at performing this and every other story I have listened to by him. It is a performance, not a reading, and the characters really come to life.
I couldn't pick one moment that moved me, but there were many memorable moments and times which made me chuckle.
"Carpe Jugulum gets you by the throat!"
Really great listen and I guess 'read'! Had me hooked from start to finish - Mr Pratchett has a knack like no other!
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