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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"So far the only Pratchett book I haven't enjoyed"
Pratchett absolutely, Imrie no.
The narrator ruined this book for me. Whereas her own voice is well suited to narration, her impressions (especially male impressions) are cringeworthy.
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.
It might have been, although circumstances prevented it. I have listened/read to TP in one sitting before.
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.
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.
"Good, not the best."
Loved the first books of Discworld (books 1 and 2) however this story didn't really grab me as much. Still very good and I would suggest a listen before you move onto book 4.
However, as was the case with the book 2 recording I had, the sound quality is terrible, it seems to get better as you go along but generally not great sound.
"A classic Discworld rendered unlistenable"
The book is, as with most of Pratchett's work, a great mixture of fantasy and comedy. I may have settled with the quality issues other people have complained about. What really ruined this for me was the dull and frankly boring narration. I do not think the right choice was made there, and if I could see a way of returning this I would. I genuinely tried to listen to this all the way through however I think ten minutes was my limit before it put me to sleep or just bored me into turning it off.
A different narrator, Nigel Planer or Tony Robinson have put in great performances on Pratchett'sPratchett's other works.
Choose a different work with a more interesting narrator.
No as good, but not far off
Its the first outing for Granny Weatherwax. Go
Made me Laugh Outloud
"Great book, dodgy audio"
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
"Better than expected"
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.
I would maybe compare Windhaven. Both of these have something similar and both of them I lissen in one go.
I like the characters she gives to voices. Audio wasnt that good, sometimes it was quieter , sometimes louder. But the story is still great.
I wouldnt say move. It was intresting and fun, easy to lissen.
"Rude, if not mechanical"
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,
Scatty and deliciously rude throughout, the bizarre goings-on on the journey to Ankh Morpork are highly entertaining.
Very well pitched.
"A lovely Discworld story but the narrator spoils.."
I'm an avid Discworld reader and although Terry's genious never fails I feel the narrator quite spoils the book at times. Her portrayal of Granny Weathervax is screachy and hurts the ears frankly. I did enjoy parts of the narration though. Sadly there is no choice of narrators so the book is worth it even so.
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