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Equal Rites Audiobook

Equal Rites: Discworld, Book 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 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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    Simmons Brookton, Australia 02-13-10
    Simmons Brookton, Australia 02-13-10
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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Stringer Melbourne, Australia 11-06-07
    Michael Stringer Melbourne, Australia 11-06-07 Listener 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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  • Mrs
    United Kingdom
    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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Cassandra
    3/19/16
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    "Weird narration"

    I love this book and was keen to get an audio version after enjoying many other Pratchett books. Sadly, this narrator is not for me. Her exposition reading is fine but I found her voices really bizarre. I almost returned the book for a refund.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stuart Nelmes
    Bristol UK
    2/12/16
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    "Don't bother "

    This is not a well read book. The reader has no clue what she is doing

    1 of 1 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!!

    3 of 4 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    REDHILL, United Kingdom
    3/24/15
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    "Great story - not keen on the narration!"

    I wish Audible would produce another unabridged version of this book! I'd buy it! A Terry Pratchett Classic read poorly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Nottingham, United Kingdom
    2/28/15
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    "Witches Wizards and how not to use Magic"

    Brilliant!!!

    Please don't be put off by the reviews that mention sound quality, mispronounciation of words or any other negative personal views.

    The narration is perfect for the book and characters. The men sound male enough and the women are the most important anyway. I cannot find a bad word for the excellent narrator. Her skill makes the story come to life.

    As for illiterate persons or rather characters struggling with their pronounciation... Well, what is more real than that...?

    Totally Disk World! Totally Wizard!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A. B. Jay
    London
    8/26/14
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    "Awful - badly read - unintelligible! DO NOT BUY!!!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    read by someone who wasn't trying to make it for 5 year olds


    What was most disappointing about Terry Pratchett’s story?

    Great story


    How could the performance have been better?

    read by someone who wasn't trying to make it for 5 year olds


    Any additional comments?

    read by someone who wasn't trying to make it for 5 year olds

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 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
  • 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."

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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