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(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1996; Copyright © Terry and Lyn Pratchett, 1991
Wow! Great narration. I love Pratchett's books and had doubts that it would work as an audio-book. Those doubts are overcome. This was wonderfully fun to listen to.
This was a good story about stories, disguised as an homage to a famous travelogue. That's it for the plot summary - plenty of those online. I really enjoyed the way the book unfolded and found the thoughtful satire and philosophy a welcome change. I thought the reader did a great job with voicing the women and all the other characters.
I am a huge fan of the Discworld series, and I love listening to Nigel Planer as he does the narration, but the static and poor audio quality was barely tolerable, so I took off a star for that.
Even though the listing shows the audio format is 'e' quality, in reality, it seems like it's the same poor quality recording from years ago that was wrapped in a higher bitrate wrapper.
To hear the difference, listen to the sample from Discworld, Book #8 - Guards, Guards! I believe that book comes from a new, higher quality source. Sounds clean and well recorded, whereas Witches Abroad is compressed and full of static by comparison.
As to the content of the book... if you like the Discworld series, then you'll love this book. It's a 'Witches' book, all about Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat, and the power of stories. It's setting is a loose blend of Disney World and New Orleans - of which Terry Pratchett wrote "...in one, you go there and Fun is manufactured and presented to you, in the other you just eat and drink a lot and fun happens." Having just come back from a Disney World vacation, I totally agree.
I'm a Terry Pratchett fangirl. I adore almost everything he writes. He's witty and clever, and knows things about Story that amaze me.
This book is about Fairy Tales, and how a fairy godmother may not be who you think she is.
Pratchett narrators are generally excellent. I love Nigel Planer's way with voices.
I listen to this one over and over again.
I am an unabashed Terry Pratchett fan, and his three witches are among my very favorite Discworld inhabitants.
Nigel Planer's reading of Witches Abroad is absolutely spot-on. He brings just the right quality to each character and the entire book comes to life for the listener.
Highest recommendation for this one!
Using the words of Magrat Garlick, "There must be witches abroad..." - in your library.
The voice characterizations are so perfect I feel like I can picture these witches just as well as my great great aunt Tillie, only with greater enjoyment. (Don't worry we love aunt Tillie and her one eyed pug dog with the missing toes. Come to think of it, even she would love this book!)
"Being normal isn't necessarily a virtue. It rather denotes a lack of courage." - Practical Magic
The story is great, all about the witches, so if you're fans of Granny, Nanny or Magrat you're in for a treat. Narration was passable, although since this book is peopled by women, I think a female narrator would be a better choice. The gentleman doing the narration isn't bad...he just seems to lack an understanding of how women relate to each other - which influences how he reads passages when the witches are interacting with each other. Even so, it's a great story and tons of fun!
Say something about yourself!
story + hilarious Mardi Gras aka Genua; the charming fairy tales twisted by Pratchet's sharp sense of irony
Mrs Gogol and The Baron. Planer does a good job with both, as well as Mrs. Pleasant. Nanny's postcards work well too; and Greebo's antics will have you LOL'ing
What he does to Granny Weatherwax is criminal; creaky, crackling and very annoying;throws the whole narrative off. This is one of Pratchet's best, most intricate comedies, ruined by Planer's insistence on female whining voices I'm not even going to attempt Lords and Ladies, destroyed by the same
It stands alone but dovetails superbly with Wyrd Sisters, masquerade, etc
If it's not possible to get Stephen Briggs for the above, please convince N. Planer to retrain; it's not that he can't do the voices, he just doesn't choose to; Other victims include Sgt. Colon, Drumnot; uneven Veterinari, Lady Margolotta. So much of Pratchett is wonderful sly humor that requires understanding of the satire; often lost by Planer's rhythms and voices for passaged like the vampire never rising from a cat
Love listening to a wide range of audio - science fiction, chick lit, memoirs,.
The witches are some of my favourite Discworld characters and this is them in top form. Loved this book, well narrated and a fun listen.
I could listen to this over and over again. I know, because I have. Probably at least twelve times. Witches Abroad is far and away my favorite of the witch books. Pratchett excels at turning conventions upside-down for humorous effect, and the plot of this particular novel is a fast-paced hit parade of famous stories and their conventions. For each, he uses the complementary contrasting personalities of the three witches to best effect. Take, for example, the following:
“What some people need,‟said Magrat, to the world in general, "is a bit more heart.” “What some people need, said Granny Weatherwax, to the stormy sky, "is a lot more brain.” “What I need, thought Nanny Ogg fervently, "is a drink.”
Three minutes later, a farmhouse dropped on her head.
The Wizard of Oz reference is just one example; the book has dozens more. Nigel Planar does an excellent job of voicing the different characters, and some of his line readings in this book are among my favorites (most notably "Fairy hedgehog"). Witches Abroad may be one of the best books for introducing the uninitiated to the Discworld universe.
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