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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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  • william
    2/12/15
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    "not just a story but a world."

    I love the way terry Pratchett's writes. wired and wonderfully. I don't think these book are for people you like and good complicated storyline. but I think the story is use more to show off the world. so if you want to get invested in some brilliant characters and and extraordinary world then these books have that in Spade's. this book adds in some great additions characters and I can't wait to see them again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • colin thomas
    2/7/15
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    "Great book"

    Wasn't to keen on the narrators pauses half way through some sentences and descriptions, made the pace of the book seem really slow but was another great discworld story to be enjoyed with its stand out humour

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kevyn
    2/2/15
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    "Excellent episode from Discworld."

    Another good episode from the Diskworld from Mr Pratchett. I think the choice of a female voice in the form of Ceilia Imrie is the right choice for a mainly female character led story. Couldn't put it down. A1.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alan
    LONDONUnited Kingdom
    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

    1 of 2 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
  • 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
  • Catherine
    Woking, United Kingdom
    8/22/12
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    "If broomsticks were cars, this one would be a....."

    .... split screen Morris Minor..... Oh I loved this. So funny and clever and witty, and although I am Stephen Briggs's biggest fan, I really took to Celia Imrie. Excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    8/12/11
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    "Equality is Dangerous"

    You don't have to be a Discworld fan to love this book. Males will feel that it goes too near the truth and females that it does not go far enough - that is if they can read it for laughter. If you live with someone, make sure they are not within earshot if you don't want to be constantly reading out extracts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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 1 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 1 people found this review helpful
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