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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"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."
"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.
On a par with other reviewers, I was disappointed with Celia Imrie's narration of this classic TP novel. I have had several previous TP audiobooks and have enjoyed them immensely, giving me many 'laugh out loud' moments, but I was left quite confused, and totally lost the plot by the last third of the book. I could perhaps put it down to it being a very early Pratchett novel but I really think it came down to Celia's reading. She is an admirable actress but as a narrator for TP books, I don't think she gets anywhere near the calibre of Stephen Briggs or even Nigel Planer.
"it's a great book!"
Granted, Celia Imrie wasn't the best of choices but it would be hard to compare here to other narrators as all the other Pratchett book narrators have been men
I enjoyed the change and like her reading of this and the other Pratchett book she did (Equal Rites)
I think it's unfair to rate the book only on the narrator, the book is brilliant, many people say that Pratchett's earlier books arn't brilliant, including Sir Terry himself, but this book is a brilliant Pratchett take on Macbeth with a very witty ending and I brilliant introduction of many now loved characters
Any one who loves the Discworld or Pratchett books in general or even just of the witches books will love this book even if they don't like the narrators way of reading it
Had me laughing from start to finish. and often at innopurtune moments such as on the bus. First terry pratchett book i read and have loved it ever since.
One of my favourite books, wonderfully read. If you haven't read Terry Pratchett before it's a great one to start with - but not if you don't hand a sense of humour!
As an actress I love watching Celia Imrie, but her acting skills turn the witches in this novel into squeeling squeakey women and it's not the way I like to hear these witches portrayed. I listen to these books at bedtime, as a way of unwinding. I know that is a personal thing but I prefer the vkice of other readers such asNigel Planer.
"Great story but poor sound quality"
The book is great & Celia Imrie is fantastic, especially as witch Granny Weatherwax but the sound quality was quite tinny. At times it was like Celia was far away from the mike, and I could barely make out whispers despite playing at full volume. It may be a glitch in my download or the age of the recording (1999 I think).
"sound quality not great, but enjoyable!"
I'm slowly working my way through the unabridged series, and the sound quality is as bad as the first two books. However the narrator is as good; As the main characters are female it does work well to have a female narrator. Thoroughly enjoyed!
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