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
I look for books with ideas on multiple levels, a good story, and a bit of fun.
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.
"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.
"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.
"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."
"Terry Pratchett is great"
I have enjoyed all the disc world books. The humour is amazing and the story line is always good.
"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.
"DON'T BUY THIS RECORDING... of a wonderful story!"
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!
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.
Stephen Briggs; Sandi Toskvig; Rebecca Front; Josie Lawrence; Someone who appears to actually UNDERSTAND the story
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!
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!!
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
"good story bad narrator."
didn't like the narrator bring back Nigel plainer! could have been better. good story though.
"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.
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