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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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  • Nicholas J Robinson
    7/30/14
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    "So far the only Pratchett book I haven't enjoyed"
    Would you try another book written by Terry Pratchett or narrated by Celia Imrie?

    Pratchett absolutely, Imrie no.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator ruined this book for me. Whereas her own voice is well suited to narration, her impressions (especially male impressions) are cringeworthy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon reader
    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.

    0 of 0 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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ben
    CHELMSFORD, United Kingdom
    1/31/14
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    PLYMOUTH, United Kingdom
    1/20/14
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    "A classic Discworld rendered unlistenable"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A different narrator, Nigel Planer or Tony Robinson have put in great performances on Pratchett'sPratchett's other works.


    Any additional comments?

    Choose a different work with a more interesting narrator.

    0 of 0 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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew Collings
    North Yorkshire, England
    12/24/13
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    "Great book, dodgy audio"
    Any additional comments?

    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

    0 of 0 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.


    0 of 0 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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bára
    Reykjavik, Iceland
    12/16/12
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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