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(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1995; Copyright © Terry Pratchett, 1987; Cover Illustration © Josh Kirby
The story was pure Pratchett. I really enjoyed this recording and feel the need to address some of the comments about the narrator.
While I also adore Nigel Planar, I found Celia Imrie a very appropriate narrator for this story. I have a hard time with narrators that are different genders than the main characters and I suspect I am not unique. I did not find Celia Imrie at all difficult to understand. Her Granny Weatherwax is perfect and I will have a hard time moving on to books about the witches read by Nigel Planar in large part because of this.
Ms. Imrie's reading of this excellent novel is more in the way of a bedtime story..for children of all ages. Listen cuddled up in the dark at night. Then Ms. Imrie's voice will carry you to the never, never.
The characters were very 2 dimensional. I didn't connect with anyone unlike book 2.
Book 4. I liked book 2 so much I bought the next few in the series. I thought it would continue the story but this one fell flat.
She has a very nice voice, but not for this book. The subtle tongue in cheek moments are lost with her. It was very hard to get past the first 15 minutes as I felt like she was patting me on the head as she spoke.
There were times where I thought the story was about to get interesting, like when Granny is in the hole with the bear and the dwarfs show up, but that got tossed to the side by the writer to fast track a 'lead you by the nose' story.
A very anticlimactic ending to a very linear story line. I like the author and I'm buying all the stories in the series, but I would advise readers to put this one the very back of the listening list (you won't miss any key plot lines in the rest by doing so).
This is a classic Discworld tale, a fine example of Pratchett's excellent work, and a wonderful introduction to Granny Weatherwax.
Celia Imrie does a wonderful job in her narration, although her efforts and skills are hampered by the technical quality of the recording. Perhaps I needed to download the "enhanced" level of quality to avoid this, but the narration made abrupt transitions from loud with an audible background hiss to distant and hollow, to strangely booming and echoing, as if the narrator had suddenly entered a tunnel.
I loved reading all of the Discworld volumes, especially the witch books, and I look forward to listening to the others in the series. I have strong feelings about the quality of this recording, but on the whole I consider it a worthwhile purchase.
Both the author and the reader have cause to be proud. The producers of this recording should be ashamed of themselves, they have done these two highly skilled entertainers a great disservice by making apparently no effort to control recording quality. Pratchett's writing is so amusing and engaging and Imrie's vocal talents are so diverse that it's hard to imagine being distracted by mere technical hiccups... and yet it happened repeatedly. if Celia Imrie made this recording in her garage (and occasionally in a moving car, it would seem) with no other funding or technical assistance, then I could see the quality as forgivable. If any kind of production team existed, they failed to do their jobs. I hope to discover that this is not endemic to the Discworld Audible series.
I'm a geek with people skills. Strange, I know, but true!
I've discovered my tendency to get attached to specific readers, so I was only partly surprised when my initial reaction to Celia Imrie's reading of Equal Rites was irritation. I had become accustomed to Nigel Planer's voice when immersing myself in the Discworld, but as the aural pages turned I realized the propriety of having a woman read this volume. The protagonists are women, after all, and somehow I don't think that Nigel would have personified Granny Weatherwax as well as he manages Rincewind, et al.
As always, Terry Pratchett has me laughing out loud so often that people around me look at me strangely (or is it only that they think I'm strange enough to warrant more attention than a deranged ant..? Whatever...). And it seems that after a bit, Celia warmed up to the material and got a better grasp of the characters.
By the time I was done with the book I felt the all-too-familiar sadness of moving on and leaving behind a narrator who had become a pleasant part of my routine.
I am familiar with Ms. Imrie's work as an actor and thought her voice would be a great fit for this book. Unfortunately, I was incorrect.
I'm not sure if Ms. Imrie was misled as to the audience for the work or she always reads aloud as if telling a story to a group of slightly concussed four-year-old children who may have been in their parents' liquor cabinet. I was unable to bear it for more than ten minutes and will never listen to it again.
If you want to hear a bombastic, plummy, condescending rendition of this book I can heartily recommend this recording. If, however, you wanted to enjoy the book for itself then this is not the audiobook for you.
It's a pity, because this is one of my favorite Pratchett books.
Granny weatherwax wonderful
Getting to meet Granny Weatherwax was a treat.
Quite often I wanted to tear off my headphones and forget this book altogether. Her too sweet tone and slow fairy tale take on this book drove me crazy at times. Speaking for the protagonist she was great, but she couldn't meet the standard tone of a Pratchett novel and I would not want to hear her again for his books. She is talented but this is not her genre.
I was determined after reading negative reviews of this narrator that I would not have such a blind one-sided take on her work, but after being patient for the first hour of reading I found I had the same opinion of many other readers. Her angle of entry on Pratchett just doesn't work well. Her sometimes dreamy voiced reading doesn't suit the sarcastic, and edgy discworld.
good story and good narration. Something technical was wrong as the volume kept changing. Will get the next book.
This story is great,however, the white noise in the background is distracting and very annoying. Read the books if you can get them in the States rather than waste a credit on terrible audio quality!
This is a good performance of a great book, but it's let down by the audio quality which wavers a lot, particularly as it progresses. In places it sounds very bad, the volume is inconsistent and at times I wondered if something had gone wrong with my device. It hadn't. Very unfortunate, as otherwise this would be excellent.
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