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(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1995; Copyright © Terry Pratchett, 1987; Cover Illustration © Josh Kirby
Granny Weatherwax is one of my all-time favorite characters in any book. Terry Pratchett has the rare and wonderful gift for creating strong female characters who aren't simply men in dresses.
This book was a fun story, and the narrator did a good job capturing the characters. There were some indistinct spots, though few and far between.
Although the beginning dragged a bit, the story got very fascinating. And I do think that the female reader was very fitting, had to get used to a different voice, but it grows on you. Although Nigel Planer read most of the discworld series, Ms. Imrie did a fine job. Humans are creatures of habit and tend to resist change, but her voice was a nice change, inspite of most reviewers negative comments.
After reading the reviews about female narrator, I was worried about downloading. I almost dreaded starting this book but decided to focus on the words not the reading. Maybe it was the low expectations, but I thought Celia did a fine job. Granny was done perfectly. She could have changed up her accents for characters a bit better. Sometimes it was confusing because her voices for some characters were very close to each other. Anyway, go for it. It's fine.
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.
First, Stop. If this is going to be your first Discworld book, leave it for later. Go listen to one of the others, a Planer or Briggs narration. They fit Terry Pratchett infinitely better.
This is a good story but the voice doesn't fit. It warps the experience so that it is recognizable as a Pratchett book - but one that went down the wrong leg and was written in that parallel universe we've heard about.
It is worth it if you prefer audio, it introduces Granny Weatherwax after all. You only have to resist the soporific effects of Imrie's sleepy tones to hear it. It's not about having a female narrator - it's about having the Right female for the material. Maybe someday it will be redone but I doubt it. Might as well not wait.
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.
Hardcore audiobook nerd.
I am a Pratchett fanatic, and own every recording that he has available, and I would pay ANYTHING to have this and Wyrd Sisters re-recorded with Stephen Briggs as the narrator. Celia's performance is so mumbled and without inflection that I sincerely can barely understand her at all.
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.
Celia Imrie is a fine narrator, but she was never suited to Discworld material and I'm surprised they let her try it on twice.
This was the novel that made me quit reading Discworld books for years. Literal years, about five or six of them. I read the first two novels as fast as anything and then ran into this. Having now finished every other Discworld novel, this is the worst. It really seems that this was apparent to Pratchett too. Pretty much everything in this novel is sort of non-canon.
Other than the later appearance of a rather different Granny Weatherwax almost nothing in this novel is connected to any later works. If Esk hadn't made a little appearance in I Shall Wear Midnight, I'd swear this novel had been blotted from the history of the disc.
I didn't like this book the first time. I still don't like it. If there is any other discworld book you haven't already listened to, listen to it instead.
3rd book in the Discworld saga. The first three books are hard work in my opinion until you come to Morrt. Once you have read that one, you start to develop a love for the characters.
On first read of the first three Discworld books, I found them clunky and had several specifics to that saga that were awkward as literary ideas. I returned and read these first three books and in reference to this one in particular and thoroughly enjoyed them.
Well read and well wrote if clunky and awkward on first read.
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