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Equal Rites: Discworld #3 | [Terry Pratchett]

Equal Rites: Discworld #3

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Publisher's Summary

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 to be 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. Terry Pratchett's third Discworld novel, Equal Rites, asks many provocative questions about magic, where it goes, where it comes from, and why.

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(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1995; Copyright © Terry Pratchett, 1987; Cover Illustration © Josh Kirby

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    Brian Douglas Middle East 02-06-15
    Brian Douglas Middle East 02-06-15 Member Since 2008

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    "Mediocre at best."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The characters were very 2 dimensional. I didn't connect with anyone unlike book 2.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    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.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Celia Imrie?

    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.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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).

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    Jeremy R. Snyder 02-12-14

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    "Great reader, shamefully horrid recording quality"
    What did you like best about Equal Rites? What did you like least?

    This is a classic Discworld tale, a fine example of Pratchett's excellent work, and a wonderful introduction to Granny Weatherwax.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Celia Imrie?

    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.


    Do you think Equal Rites needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bronwen Los Angeles, CA USA 08-24-13
    Bronwen Los Angeles, CA USA 08-24-13

    I'm a geek with people skills. Strange, I know, but true!

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    "Needed to shift my ear gears, but worth it"

    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.


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    kelsey pearland, TX, United States 04-16-13
    kelsey pearland, TX, United States 04-16-13 Member Since 2015

    Never enough time to read all the stories and series I enjoy.

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    "It was okay."

    I prefer Nigel Planer and Stephen Briggs. Imrie is a bit whispery for my taste. I thought it was appropriate to have a female read the story, but it definitely fell flat. Her Librarian was extremely awkward. The story itself is alright. I enjoy Granny Weatherwax but the witches are probably my least favorite of the discworld characters. That being said, shes definitely still an entertaining and hilarious character. Worth a read, not a listen.

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    M. O'Malley 05-10-12
    M. O'Malley 05-10-12 Member Since 2014

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    "If you need to sleep"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This woman read like she was trying to put a child to sleep. She missed all the humor and sucked all the life out of the story. I love Terry Prachett and Granny Weatherwax, but this woman butchered them! PLEASE rerecord the books this woman recorded! Don't waste your money.


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    Jeffrey 02-13-12
    Jeffrey 02-13-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Pratchett great, narrator too treacly"
    If you could sum up Equal Rites in three words, what would they be?

    Granny weatherwax wonderful


    What did you like best about this story?

    Getting to meet Granny Weatherwax was a treat.


    What didn’t you like about Celia Imrie’s performance?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Paul parkland, FL, United States 12-20-11
    Paul parkland, FL, United States 12-20-11 Member Since 2002
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    "all ok but the recording"
    Would you listen to Equal Rites again? Why?

    good story and good narration. Something technical was wrong as the volume kept changing. Will get the next book.


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    Barbara kansas city, MO, United States 10-17-11
    Barbara kansas city, MO, United States 10-17-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Recording quality is terrible!"

    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!

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    N. Charm 10-16-11
    N. Charm 10-16-11
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    "Great story/performance, but poor 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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    Waskiwicz Youngstown, FL, United States 08-24-11
    Waskiwicz Youngstown, FL, United States 08-24-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Equal Rites is Just OK"

    Compared with the first 2 books of the Discworld, Equal Rites is an unfortunate victim of a "near-Rincewind experience." With the main characters of Esk and Granny Weatherwax being women, it seemed only right that Celia Imrie perform the narration. From the opening paragraph, however, the breathy voice of Imrie distracts the listener almost immediately. In addition, there are no indications of chapter or scene breaks other than long pauses. Unfortunately, long pauses are all to common in the middle of scenes as well, so it's hard, at first, to tell when one scene stops and the next begins. One excellent aspect of Imrie's reading is the voices used for Esk and Weatherwax as they are both superb -- the other voices (especially male) fall short. And, in fact, one scene brings back the voice of death from the Nigel Planer readings of the first 2 novels -- again, a major distraction.

    As for the writing itself, Equal Rites falls flat with a rather anti-climactic and "so why did I bother to read this" ending. The plot is interesting, if predictable, and there are several laugh-out-loud moments indicative of Pratchett's work. All in all, it could have been worse, but it should have been better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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