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Lords and Ladies: Discworld, Book 14 | [Terry Pratchett]

Lords and Ladies: Discworld, Book 14

On a hot midsummer night in Discworld, everything seems perfect - crop circles are turning up everywhere, the witch Magrat Garlick is getting married the next morning, and everyone's buzzing with excitement. Unfortunately, the Lancre All-Comers Morris Team has gotten drunk on a fairy mound, and the elves have returned with the traditional traits of the magical realm of Fairie: evil, malice, murder, cruelty, and kidnapping.
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On a hot midsummer night in Discworld, everything seems perfect - crop circles are turning up everywhere, the witch Magrat Garlick is getting married the next morning, and everyone's buzzing with excitement. Unfortunately, the Lancre All-Comers Morris Team has gotten drunk on a fairy mound, and the elves have returned with the traditional traits of the magical realm of Fairie: evil, malice, murder, cruelty, and kidnapping. Suddenly, Granny Weatherwax and her tiny coven of belligerent witches are faced with their biggest challenge as they try to pull off Magrat's wedding.

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(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1996; Copyright © Terry and Lyn Pratchett, 1992

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    Anna Prospect, Australia 11-12-12
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    "Some irkful inconsistencies."

    70% of the enjoyment I get from an audiobook relies on the narrator being successful. I have found that Nigel Planer's narration of the discworld novels is not ideal. He tends to pronounce words differently each time he says them, and sometimes mixes up the voices assigned to characters!

    Please, Nigel... it's "g-eye-tha Ogg, not "githa". I'm sure it is! ;)

    The story, of course, is very much worth the listen, even despite the irksomeness!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sean nykoebing falsterDenmark 02-03-10
    Sean nykoebing falsterDenmark 02-03-10 Member Since 2012
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    "so sad about the quality"

    TP is my alltime favorite Author. it is very sad, that audible cannot produce the title in a quality that dosent sound like is has been sampled with a 2-bit codec.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Christian W?rzburgGermany 03-01-09
    Christian W?rzburgGermany 03-01-09
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    "Great book and narrator!"

    I really love Pratchett's Discworld novels and so it's no wonder i laughed a lot listening to a book i've already read three times. :) But it's not just Pratchett's writing. I also really like the reader. His immitation of the character's voices just suites my taste and brings in some extra humor.

    Why not 5 stars then?
    Because the audio quality is changing throughtout the book. Once it's ok, once it's bad. But i'm afraid, it's never really "good". At least it is by all means sufficient.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Erin vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 04-04-15
    Erin vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 04-04-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Gloriously funny!"

    If you need a laugh out loud funny tale then look no further. A great listen for any where and any time.

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    Bonnie 01-20-15
    Bonnie 01-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Love the book and it is read very well"

    I liked it so much so im listening to it for the tenth time now and i still find new things in the story

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  • John
    Heage, Derbyshire, United Kingdom
    6/13/10
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    "Pratchett does it again"

    Another total success. Mr. Pratchett does it once more, I have never had a bad novel by this man, whether in print or audio format.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Beccameriel
    London, United Kingdom
    11/26/14
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    "Away with the fairies"

    This is one of my favourite Pratchett's and I've read it lots of times so pretty much know it off by heart. I really needed a "comfort listen" so thought I'd give it a go. Evil fairies, Midsummer Night's Dream, terrifying Morris dancing, beekeeping - it's all there and hilariously interpreted through the unique lens of Discworld logic.

    Nigel Planer is fine but I prefer Stephen Briggs. I've known these characters for so long that I have strong personal ideas as to how they sound and Nigel Planer doesn't interpret them as I imagine. Obviously, that's not his fault but Granny Weatherwax sounds a bit too generic old lady for my taste.

    In the unlikely event that you haven't read any Discworld books, my advice is that whilst it's not strictly necessary to read them in chronological order, you will get more out of them by reading the "sets" within the series in the order they appear as the characters develop with each book. So, this is part of the Witches sub-story which technically starts with Equal Rites but properly with Wyrd Sisters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Benjamin
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    "Your good 'elf"

    Not my favourite tale of the witches of the discworld, but once again very listenable and a good performance by Mr planer.

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  • Anne
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    7/10/15
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    "Ropey recording but ..."

    Despite the quality of the ageing recording, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story. The late Mr Pratchett was a genius of the highest order and crafted a book filled with laugh out loud moments. Now it has finished, I am off in search of dried frog pills.

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  • Pete
    6/19/15
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    "Great book - great narration"
    What other book might you compare Lords and Ladies to, and why?

    An integral part of the discworld witches series - listen to individual stories or listen to them in order


    Any additional comments?

    at last a narrator who doesn't need a silly voice to convey the age and complexities of the witches,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • geecee
    5/28/15
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    "Wondrous witches"
    What made the experience of listening to Lords and Ladies the most enjoyable?

    I am a huge fan of Sir Terry Pratchett he weaves such a rich tapestry.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the witch stories


    What does Nigel Planer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Nigel has a wonderful gift of bringing each character to life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I found it so difficult to stop listening to this book and was so sad when it finished.


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  • Rockabillyholly
    4/15/15
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    "Brilliant book!"

    One of SirTerry Pratchett's best books! 💜💜💜💜💜
    Definitely one I will be listening to in the future, it made me laugh out embarrassingly loud!

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  • Matt
    4/14/15
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    "A let down"

    This has long been one of my favourite TP books and I was looking forward to hearing it. I'd not heard Nigel Planer read one before. Unfortunately I didn't enjoy his style at all, it seemed as if he was reading it as fast as he could and sounded utterly miserable. I couldn't get any enjoyment out of this recording. A complete contrast to the lively Stephen Briggs efforts. Sad to say I switched off after an hour.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Nicola A Munday
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    "Another Pratchett masterpiece!"

    The Discworld's witches have always been my favourite characters, this one, witches abroad, and Masquerade in particular.
    Such a shame that the Disc and all its colourful characters have now been brought to a sudden end.
    If I were to recommend any of the Discworld's books, these would be the three I would suggest! The character Magrat Garlic really comes into her own in this particular audiobook, no longer the 'sulky hippy' she has previously been portrayed as, though,I surmise, all stories need to have an ending, it is just a shame that in real life, it is not always as we wish the ending to be. The author will be, and is- sorely missed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • elly gausden
    London, United Kingdom
    3/27/15
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    "Terrible sound quality"

    Nigel Planer is great, buy the sounds quality on the recording is dreadful. Shame to ruin a good book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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