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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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    Ryan Baulkham Hills, Australia 07-24-12
    Ryan Baulkham Hills, Australia 07-24-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Entertaining!"

    Another good book in the series. Well-performed and entertaining as we come to expect from Terry Pratchett

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hugh 09-12-09
    Hugh 09-12-09
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    "A great voice for street mime..."

    A poor poor poor representation of a remarkable Authors work. A brilliant, witty and entertaining edition from disc-world reluctantly, sorrowfully, painfully dragged down the blackboard of DEATH's niece with the DEATH OF RATS digging in its wee claws for maximum effect. The narrator presents with horrible attempts at character voices, sometimes bordering on unintelligible. Close to mono-tonish, with out actually qualifying AS mono-tone, alas even failing to successfully fail at that... an insomniacs biggest fantasy, was only the words of the story that kept me interested. 3 star average rating, 5 for story, 1 for narration. Sincere apologies to any and all that disagree.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Philipp London, United Kingdom 03-23-14
    Philipp London, United Kingdom 03-23-14 Member Since 2003
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    "Stay away! The audio quality is horrid!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I absolutely love Terry Pratchett and was excited to hear this book. I can't judge it really other than to say I could not listen for more than 5 minutes.

    The audio quality is so incredibly bad (worse than anything I have ever experienced on audible) that I could not continue to listen.

    So if you value your ears, stay away!


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    Colleen Bundaberg, Australia 12-02-13
    Colleen Bundaberg, Australia 12-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Reader not right"
    Would you listen to Equal Rites again? Why?

    Reader has a pleasant voice BUT is just SO NOT right for Discworld. Her interpretation of Granny Weatherwax just doesn't fit the character. Very disappointing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    milla Wellington, New Zealand 04-09-13
    milla Wellington, New Zealand 04-09-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Awesome! Shame about the recording quality."
    If you could sum up Equal Rites in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant, badly recorded.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Equal Rites?

    To avoid spoilers I'll be obscure: My standout moment is when Granny talks to the apple tree. Close second is her composure of a letter to UU.


    What does Celia Imrie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voices, timing, and humour are outstanding. She's a favourite actor, and now a favourite narrator.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh and cringe. I've noticed that all the earlier TP books sound as though they have been transferred from audio tape. The quality is a bit crap.


    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful book read by a wonderful actor, to great effect. I wish Audible would run it through a few filters to try and clean it up so it's more enjoyable through headphones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Keperra, Australia 03-09-13
    Anthony Keperra, Australia 03-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Recording has faults"
    What does Celia Imrie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great vocal performance of Granny Weatherwax.


    Any additional comments?

    Every now and then in the recording the readers voice echoes heavily and at stages the recording skips paragraphs mid sentence. If there is another recording I would select that instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Grovedale, Alberta, Canada 10-12-10
    Jason Grovedale, Alberta, Canada 10-12-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Good book, not great audio"

    As with my review of Wyrd Sisters, Celia has a voice that just doesn't agree with me. It's quite and vaguely muffled which makes it very difficult to understand when outside noise is present. I would vastly prefer a version done by Nigel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Simmons Brookton, Australia 02-13-10
    Simmons Brookton, Australia 02-13-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Equal Rites"

    Get your sence of humour ready for a lateral thinking point of view on everything. What a fantastic book, filled with metophores with a difference and with characters who stay true to type and totaly out of stereo type. If you have a sense of humour and like to see life from the wacky side, read this and enjoy!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Dolls PointAustralia 06-19-08
    Amy Dolls PointAustralia 06-19-08
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    "Hilarious, as always"

    What a great writer. This is read well and very entertaining.

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    Michael Stringer Melbourne, Australia 11-06-07
    Michael Stringer Melbourne, Australia 11-06-07 Member Since 2007

    I look for books with ideas on multiple levels, a good story, and a bit of fun.

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    "Fun, imaginative but..."

    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.




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  • Soren
    ASHBOURNE, United Kingdom
    7/2/11
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    "Good book, poor quality"

    I enjoyed the book but like others here wasn't convinced by C.I. as a reader. My main complaint though is the RUBBISH quality of the download itself. Maybe it's just me but this had the squelching distortion of a very low bit rate download. I hope all Audible books aren't plagued by the same or I'll be going elsewhere!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Margit
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    3/19/12
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    "Bad quality!"

    I love the story!

    But
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    If I buy the old original cassettes or the cd version the quality is perfect regardless of the age of this record.

    Your download quality is overpriced and ridiculous bad!!


    Better buy cds or cassettes via Amazon than using this Audible download!

    5 stars for book and plot, 0 stars for the audio quality.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Vivian
    New Malden, United Kingdom
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    "Pratchett Wins again"

    My third Terry Pratchett book and another enjoyable experience. I was almost put off buying this by readers comments - especially concerning the narration. However it was all excellent, well paced, amusing and clear. Well worth the money.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
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    "Celia did it for me"
    If you could sum up Equal Rites in three words, what would they be?

    Clever, witty, droll


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed Celia's performance. I absolutely got her characters and she enjoyably enhanced a great story. I was disappointed when the book finished. Have to agree with other comments about poor sound quality though, always the same disappointing audio experience - if there was a realistic alternative to Audible, I'd defect like a shot.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
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    7/27/13
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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."

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Elaine
    Cannington, United Kingdom
    12/9/10
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    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel
    Anstey, United Kingdom
    12/24/07
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    "Disappointing!"

    I thought this was let down by Celia Imrie's narration.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Pijnacker, Netherlands
    6/7/12
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joanna
    LiverpoolUnited Kingdom
    1/22/09
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    "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

    3 of 5 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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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