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Equal Rites: Discworld, Book 3 | [Terry Pratchett]

Equal Rites: Discworld, Book 3

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.
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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 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.

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

Browse more of our novels of Discworld.

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

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    Ryan california usa 07-24-12
    Ryan california usa 07-24-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Entertaining!"

    Another good book in the series. Well-performed and entertaining as we come to expect from Terry Pratchett

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hugh 09-12-09
    Hugh 09-12-09
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    "A great voice for street mime..."

    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
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    Philipp London, United Kingdom 03-23-14
    Philipp London, United Kingdom 03-23-14 Member Since 2003
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    "Stay away! The audio quality is horrid!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I absolutely love Terry Pratchett and was excited to hear this book. I can't judge it really other than to say I could not listen for more than 5 minutes.

    The audio quality is so incredibly bad (worse than anything I have ever experienced on audible) that I could not continue to listen.

    So if you value your ears, stay away!


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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen Bundaberg, Australia 12-02-13
    Colleen Bundaberg, Australia 12-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Reader not right"
    Would you listen to Equal Rites again? Why?

    Reader has a pleasant voice BUT is just SO NOT right for Discworld. Her interpretation of Granny Weatherwax just doesn't fit the character. Very disappointing.


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    milla 04-09-13
    milla 04-09-13

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    "Awesome! Shame about the recording quality."
    If you could sum up Equal Rites in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant, badly recorded.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Equal Rites?

    To avoid spoilers I'll be obscure: My standout moment is when Granny talks to the apple tree. Close second is her composure of a letter to UU.


    What does Celia Imrie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voices, timing, and humour are outstanding. She's a favourite actor, and now a favourite narrator.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh and cringe. I've noticed that all the earlier TP books sound as though they have been transferred from audio tape. The quality is a bit crap.


    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful book read by a wonderful actor, to great effect. I wish Audible would run it through a few filters to try and clean it up so it's more enjoyable through headphones.

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    Anthony Keperra, Australia 03-09-13
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    "Recording has faults"
    What does Celia Imrie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great vocal performance of Granny Weatherwax.


    Any additional comments?

    Every now and then in the recording the readers voice echoes heavily and at stages the recording skips paragraphs mid sentence. If there is another recording I would select that instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Grovedale, Alberta, Canada 10-12-10
    Jason Grovedale, Alberta, Canada 10-12-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Good book, not great audio"

    As with my review of Wyrd Sisters, Celia has a voice that just doesn't agree with me. It's quite and vaguely muffled which makes it very difficult to understand when outside noise is present. I would vastly prefer a version done by Nigel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Simmons Brookton, Australia 02-13-10
    Simmons Brookton, Australia 02-13-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Equal Rites"

    Get your sence of humour ready for a lateral thinking point of view on everything. What a fantastic book, filled with metophores with a difference and with characters who stay true to type and totaly out of stereo type. If you have a sense of humour and like to see life from the wacky side, read this and enjoy!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Cotton 06-19-08
    Amy Cotton 06-19-08 Listener Since 2007
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    "Hilarious, as always"

    What a great writer. This is read well and very entertaining.

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    Michael Stringer Melbourne, Australia 11-06-07
    Michael Stringer Melbourne, Australia 11-06-07 Member Since 2007

    I look for books with ideas on multiple levels, a good story, and a bit of fun.

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    "Fun, imaginative but..."

    Terry Pratchett's Discworld provides a place fertile with stories and whimsy. He writes with great humour and some quiet swipes at injustice while telling of a girl who should become a wizard. With the strong support of her nanna, a witch, Esk journeys from her village in the mountains off to the University for Wizards.

    This part of the story, which consumes most of the book, is engaging and funny. Many an interesting character crosses their path, and of course there occurs an abundance of adventures.

    Where the story falls down is at the end, with a surreal sequence in some alternative world to a fantasy world. It all seems a bit silly and lazy. However, this is only the last 20 or so minutes after 7 hours of great entertainment. All-in-all, well worthwhile.




    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Soren
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    7/2/11
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    "Good book, poor quality"

    I enjoyed the book but like others here wasn't convinced by C.I. as a reader. My main complaint though is the RUBBISH quality of the download itself. Maybe it's just me but this had the squelching distortion of a very low bit rate download. I hope all Audible books aren't plagued by the same or I'll be going elsewhere!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Margit
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    3/19/12
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    "Bad quality!"

    I love the story!

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    If I buy the old original cassettes or the cd version the quality is perfect regardless of the age of this record.

    Your download quality is overpriced and ridiculous bad!!


    Better buy cds or cassettes via Amazon than using this Audible download!

    5 stars for book and plot, 0 stars for the audio quality.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Vivian
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    "Pratchett Wins again"

    My third Terry Pratchett book and another enjoyable experience. I was almost put off buying this by readers comments - especially concerning the narration. However it was all excellent, well paced, amusing and clear. Well worth the money.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    5/30/14
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    "Pleasantly surprised"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The Discworld series improves in Equal Rites as the world is fleshed out and the plot depth increases - I found the Colour of Magic to be an unengaging, if funny enough, series of unconnected escapades; The Light Fantastic to be better, and this to be better still.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It might have been, although circumstances prevented it. I have listened/read to TP in one sitting before.


    Any additional comments?

    I was pleasantly surprised by the Celia Imrie's narrating, especially after a plethora of negative reviews. I was worried at first but found her voice to be pleasant, and especially appropriate in this story, dominated as it is by female characters. Without two narrators one will always struggle here; while I am better used to Nigel Planer's reading, and enjoy it, I was not disappointed by Celia Imrie's. I would, however, advise readers considering purchasing this book to listen to the preview, and decide whether they wish for this voice, as it is a departure from the majority male narration in the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
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    9/13/13
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    "Celia did it for me"
    If you could sum up Equal Rites in three words, what would they be?

    Clever, witty, droll


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed Celia's performance. I absolutely got her characters and she enjoyably enhanced a great story. I was disappointed when the book finished. Have to agree with other comments about poor sound quality though, always the same disappointing audio experience - if there was a realistic alternative to Audible, I'd defect like a shot.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Malcolm
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    6/3/08
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    "Disappointing"

    Equal Rites isn't one of Pratchett's best, but I had high hopes for this audiobook, thinking that Celia Imrie (a fine comic actress) was a good choice for a story which centres on two female characters. Unfortunately, though, frequent mispronunciations and odd intonations show that she didn't really understand what she was reading, and jarred me out of the story. Surprising, really: Pratchett's not exactly a challenging read!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. REP
    Midlands, UK.
    12/24/07
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    "Disappointing!"

    I thought this was let down by Celia Imrie's narration.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ms.
    STANMORE, United Kingdom
    3/17/14
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    "Brilliant!"
    What did you like most about Equal Rites?

    This is early Pratchett, fascinating. It is, I think, the first time we meet Granny Weatherwax and the book is the first glimpse of the witches on the Discworld. The story centres on Eskarina Smith as a baby and young girl who is destined to become witch and the Disk's first and only female wizard. She will appear again, this time in later life in I Shall Wear Midnight, the latest book about the witches at time of writing this review. Celia Imrie reads this book to perfection. Her performance and voice are subtly modulated. I was really sad when we came to the end.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jaci Littlewood
    UK
    12/28/13
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    "Fabulous"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Equal Rites to be better than the print version?

    No as good, but not far off


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its the first outing for Granny Weatherwax. Go


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me Laugh Outloud


    Any additional comments?

    Good Narration

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew Collings
    North Yorkshire, England
    12/24/13
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    "Great book, dodgy audio"
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    I think Celia Imrie made a great narrator for this book - she really gets the female voices down pat. The male voices are not quite so good, but at least she dodnt descend to the silly, squeaky voices that are the stock-in-trade of so many voice artists.

    The main issue is the varying audio quality - did they record some sections with a knitted microphone? it was so muffled I couldn't make it out sometimes. Great book if you can live with the patchy sound

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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