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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.

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

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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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  • Ruth
    Voru, Estonia
    10/24/13
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    "Better than expected"
    What did you like most about Equal Rites?

    I love the story, I like how Pratchett have written the story. Its alwayse intresting to read how diffrent people think about how men and women have to be treated equal.


    What other book might you compare Equal Rites to, and why?

    I would maybe compare Windhaven. Both of these have something similar and both of them I lissen in one go.


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

    I like the characters she gives to voices. Audio wasnt that good, sometimes it was quieter , sometimes louder. But the story is still great.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I wouldnt say move. It was intresting and fun, easy to lissen.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    London, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "Rude, if not mechanical"
    What did you like most about Equal Rites?

    Marking the Discworld series' first romp into gender politics, it's a carnivalesque delight, following the attempts of a young girl to become the disc's first female wizard. Introducing Discworld regular Granny Weatherwax and her headology,


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

    Scatty and deliciously rude throughout, the bizarre goings-on on the journey to Ankh Morpork are highly entertaining.


    What three words best describe Celia Imrie’s performance?

    Very well pitched.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Pijnacker, Netherlands
    6/7/12
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    "Narration not suited to the story"

    While the narration was performed by someone who obviously has gobs of talent as an actress, it seemed to be at odds with the humour. The story centres on two female characters, so Celia Imrie made sense, but it felt as if I was listening to a children's story book. Pratchett's humour has a certain sharp edge to it and I found Celia's voice too soft to deliver the jokes effectively.

    A talented narrator and a talented writer, but I don't think they work well together.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    7/27/13
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    "Ruined by a terrible reading."

    After listening to the first two Discworld novels (which were superbly read by Nigel Planer) I was very eager to get stuck into the third. But, for me, it didn't live up to the first two titles. I found the characters far less appealing than Rincewind, Twoflower and the luggage, and there's less humour in this story. I know that the first two books are sometimes criticized for being a series of random scenarios rather than a coherent story, but I personally loved that. I'm not a fan of fantasy in general, and that's why I loved the Discworld - it poked affectionate fun at the genre while having fun inside it at the same time. For this I felt the chaotic format of The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic were ideal. This just didn't work as well for me. It has to be said that Pratchett was back on excellent form with the following title, Mort, though.

    Also, and I know that enough has been said about this, but it needs to be stressed. Celia Imrie does an abysmal job of reading the book. Most of the time I felt as though she was reading a children's book to a four year old, that she herself was not very interested in. Quite often I had to repeat things in my mind in order to think, "Ah, yes, that could have been funny if delivered differently."

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Pauline
    Chagford, United Kingdom
    6/12/15
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    "Terry Pratchett is great"

    I have enjoyed all the disc world books. The humour is amazing and the story line is always good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael Vaughan
    6/8/15
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    "Great story, great performance, terrible audio quality!"

    Love the voicing of the narrator. Wish I could hear it more clearly! iPhone app on high quality, and full encoding artefacts, varying constantly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • P
    4/21/15
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    "DON'T BUY THIS RECORDING... of a wonderful story!"
    What disappointed you about Equal Rites?

    This is a genuinely unbelievably DREADFUL narration by Celia Imrie. Don't get me wrong, she's a great actress and not even a bad reader... BUT she seems completely to have missed the tone, the wit and the characterization in the book. It is a tremendous story that i'd highly recommend anyone reading; however, CI's narration actually makes it slow-moving, dry and at times almost painful to listen to. It is the most APPALLING narration of a Terry Pratchett novel i have yet come across... or ever hope to. Whoever is responsible for recording TP books - PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE re-record this book with someone capable of matching Stephen Briggs as a narrator. I don't care if it is a man or a woman, but test them on whether they actually get the wit & humour of TP before foisting this kind of disappointing mess on us TP fans. So so so DISAPPOINTING! I would give the performance ZERO, if i could. It is that bad!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The book is really a comic masterpiece from Pratchett's earlier years. To my mind they actually got better later on, but there are tremendous characters in this book - they are just egregiously ruined by Celia Imrie's narration here. Granny Weatherwax is one of the greatest characters in UK fiction - you wouldn't know that from this AWFUL narration of her character.


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

    Stephen Briggs; Sandi Toskvig; Rebecca Front; Josie Lawrence; Someone who appears to actually UNDERSTAND the story


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

    The book is fantastic. Given how TERRIBLE this narration is, i would suggest to anybody looking at it to buy the actual book to read it as a book or on an e-reader ... and wait until another decent performance is recorded if you want to listen to it. Again i can't recommend the actual book highly enough - it's superb!


    Any additional comments?

    Who the HELL is responsible for issuing such a witless interpretation of this marvelous book. CI may have messed it up, but she appears to be trying her best at least. BUT who on earth is the supposed editor responsible for ensuring that something of decent quality is actually offered to us the consumer? I am going to COMPLAIN and ask for my credit for this book to be returned - it is that bad!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca
    4/17/15
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    "disappointed"

    Whilst the story is fantastic the narration was very poor, waste of money! due to the voice echo didnt get past chapter 4 which is a shame as I love all the disc world books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline
    4/9/15
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    "good story bad narrator."

    didn't like the narrator bring back Nigel plainer! could have been better. good story though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    4/8/15
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    "Great story, suspect narration"

    As others have said, fantastic story but slightly suspect narration. It's not as awful as some people were saying to make it unlistenable but there were definitely issues and at times she stumbles over lines (something that should never have made it into the final book). The audio quality is vastly improved over the first two books but still hard to hear at times, especially whenever death makes an appearance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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