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Witches Abroad: Discworld #12 | [Terry Pratchett]

Witches Abroad: Discworld #12

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Publisher's Summary

What could be easier than preventing a servant girl from marrying a prince, especially for 3 clever witches? But Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat Garlick face more than they bargained for when they journey to the distant city of Genua. For one thing, their power is limited to Mrs. Gogol's weak voodoo spells, a one-eyed cat, and a second-hand magic wand that only works on pumpkins. Furthermore, the Godmother has made Destiny an offer it can't refuse. Do servant girls have to marry the prince? Is that what life's all about?

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(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1996; Copyright © Terry and Lyn Pratchett, 1991

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    Don Martin 04-29-15
    Don Martin 04-29-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Brilliant Fun! A must Read & Re-Read!"
    Would you listen to Witches Abroad again? Why?

    Absolutely! I can imagine listening to this many times in the future. The Discworld audio productions are always well done, and this is no exception. The story is the best Discworld novel where the witches are the protagonists - at least that I've read. The story is equal parts funny, adventurous, satirical, and all around fun.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Granny Weatherwax truly shines in this story. She takes the lead role begrudgingly, but you end up coming to truly love her as a character. Nanny Ogg and Magrat are equally funny sidekicks for the Wickedest of Good Witches.


    Have you listened to any of Nigel Planer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have, and this is just as enjoyable as the others I've heard.


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

    The scene in which Granny Weatherwax teaches some card sharps a lesson is one of the most laugh-out-loud pieces of humor I've ever read.


    Any additional comments?

    RIP Mr. Pratchett. You will be missed!

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    Edwin Vasconez 04-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The power of stories is great"

    The author and the performer offered a great story and auditor adventure. The thought and word smithing provide a number of opportunities to learn a new way at looking at thevlifevof stories.

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    Rosemary H. Knower 02-20-15 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    What did you like best about Witches Abroad? What did you like least?

    story + hilarious Mardi Gras aka Genua; the charming fairy tales twisted by Pratchet's sharp sense of irony


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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 didn’t you like about Nigel Planer’s performance?

    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


    Do you think Witches Abroad needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It stands alone but dovetails superbly with Wyrd Sisters, masquerade, etc


    Any additional comments?

    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

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    Sharon 11-19-14
    Sharon 11-19-14

    Love listening to a wide range of audio - science fiction, chick lit, memoirs,.

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    "Top Pratchett"

    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.

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    Alexandra 03-16-14
    Alexandra 03-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "One of my favorite Pratchett novels"

    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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    Alice United States 03-06-14
    Alice United States 03-06-14 Member Since 2015
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    Where does Witches Abroad rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    High up


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Witches Abroad?

    When Nanny Ogg writes home.


    Have you listened to any of Nigel Planer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to all the discworld novels up to number 12 which I could find on Audible. Can't get enough! All of Planer's work is great, and this one has an incredible story as well. Not only can he sound like an old crone, he can sound like 3 different ones!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I couldn't pinpoint one moment in particular.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great listen which does not require any previous knowledge of the discworld.

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    bruce SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 10-28-13
    bruce SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 10-28-13 Member Since 2015
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    "GRANNY W. WINS AGAIN!!"
    What did you love best about Witches Abroad?

    Classic Pratchett. Say no more.


    What about Nigel Planer’s performance did you like?

    Planer handles character personalities quite well. He has a great delivery. I will look for him performing other books.


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    Hurricane Hightstown, NJ 06-21-13
    Hurricane Hightstown, NJ 06-21-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Just know that you can't go wrong in this series"

    So I joined audible to get my hands on the Discworld audiobooks. That should give some warning about the tone of the following review.

    This whole series is fabulous, and this particular entry is one of my favorites. I adore the witches, and this book features the original 3 in fine form. Granny Weatherwax will always, always be my favorite, but everyone in here is a great character.

    Pratchett is a master wordsmith as well as being a master storyteller, and I will say that there are few authors I would seek out both the audio and print versions of a book for, and he is one of them. Yes, get the audiobook, because it's fantastic, but also, if you find the print version, read that too, because in either media form, there will be new nuances and turns of genius brought to light.

    Nigel Planer is a fantastic narrator (both the main narrators of the series are excellent. I truly could not pick my favorite), and this gets two thumbs up from me (take my word for it)!

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    Joe Orlando 02-11-13
    Joe Orlando 02-11-13

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    "Incredible"

    Nigel Planer has more voices than one human being should! He brings the characters to life brilliantly. Hard to stop listening. Great story from the master Terry Pratchett!

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    Jo E. Meyertons Portland, OR USA 01-12-13
    Jo E. Meyertons Portland, OR USA 01-12-13 Member Since 2005

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    "Funniest of the Pratchett books"

    As a world traveler and a person who greatly appreciates Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax, I found this to be the most delightful of all the Pratchett books. I listen to it over and over.

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