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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Great book but I'm not keen on the reader. Otherwise a good listen overall. 3/5
"Witches Wizards and how not to use Magic"
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!!!
"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.
"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
"Another great tale"
Characters were bought to life once again and made it an enjoyable listen. I have already read the book so it was nice to have it read to me
"Terrible sound quality"
Celia Imrie's performance is absolutely fine but the sound quality of this recording is really poor. Can you do something to get it cleaned up Audible?
I am an avid STP fan and love being able to listen while doing other (boring) things. this recording is not very good. at one point Celia Imrie sounds like she has been put in a bucket and there are stutters in the recording that are somewhat irritating
Equal Rites is one of my favourite Pratchett books but I had to stop listening after only a few chapters.
Having another narrator - Celia Imrie made the bizarre decision to give Granny Weatherwax a drawling, uppercrust, scratchy voice which is at odds with the down to earth, uneducated, countrywoman character. The rest of the village spoke in rough accents, yet Granny had her received pronunciation. How would she have that if she never left the village of Badass?
Celia also ignored the text - at one point she read out "Granny snapped" yet the sentence that followed was slowly drawled.
Whoever chose Celia Imrie made a big mistake and I don't think she had ever read any of the books beforehand.
The sound quality was also muffled and fuzzy - this , while not good, didn't really bother me as I was listening in the kitchen as I worked so it wasn't really a great situation to appreciate audio quality.
I DID love the book - it was the performance that was appalling.I normally listen to the end but I couldn't.
Read the book instead. This annoyed me too much to finish
"Great book, awful recording"
The book is very good, the problem I have is that it sounds like someone is reading it through a phone. The sound quality is so poor, tinny and compressed, I found it annoying
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