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(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1996; Copyright © Terry and Lyn Pratchett, 1992
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!
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
"Keep iron near!"
There is a reason why there are horseshoes nailed to the door.
Read this to understand why...
Another gem from Mr Pratchett. We see the wonderful witches of Lancre competing with the 'netherworld'. Nice touch of getting a rival witch wannabees involved. The usual humour along with an inventive theme keeps the reader enthralled from the beginning to the end. not only one to be read at mid-summer, but all year round.
"Discworld: Lords and Ladies"
This is a great Pratchett novel, definitely up to his highest standards. The witches are definitely amongst his best and most entertaining characters. Pratchett's brand of quotable humour and distinctive characters suits the audio-book format perfectly. This has been one of my best Audible purchases.
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