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Witches Abroad Audiobook
Witches Abroad
Written by: 
Terry Pratchett
Narrated by: 
Nigel Planer
Witches Abroad Audiobook

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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    mkwhite30 05-17-16
    mkwhite30 05-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "V comforting"

    I'm currently living abroad and I've listened to this at least four times since I got here. It's very comforting to hear them talk about the funny little differences between home and "foreign parts".
    I love this book and this performance is simply divine.

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    Michaeljpatrick 03-03-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story. Bad sound quality."

    Sounds like it was transferred off an old cassette recording. They should have cleaned up the hissing a bit.

    The actor was fine except I'm not crazy about his Magrat.

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    Felicia J Colorado 01-21-16
    Felicia J Colorado 01-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "What makes a truly 'happy ending'?"

    I wasn't at all sure Mr. Pratchett could top Wyrd Sisters, but with Witches Abroad, he did just that. Funnier and even more thoughtful than its predecessor in the "Witches" miniseries, this book was nearly perfect.

    Part road-trip novel and part meditation on the nature of stories and "happy endings," this tale sends Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick on a journey to "foreign parts" to stop a fairy godmother from marrying her young charge to an odious prince. Along the way, they reconstruct a number of traditional fairy tales in their quest to allow people to decide their destinies for themselves.

    We get to learn a lot about the witches and their motivations, especially Granny Weatherwax, who has an old score to settle. She and Magrat, with their very different views on witchcraft, argue for much of the novel, with poor Nanny caught in the middle.

    My favorite parts included the heartbreaking fate of the Big Bad Wolf and a star turn by Greebo, Nanny's ferocious tomcat.

    Nigel Planer's narration showed a sympathetic understanding of the characters and plot, making the funny moments funnier and the poignant ones more affecting.

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    Stephanie L. Thompson 11-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A Story about Stories"

    As much as I like Nigel Planer as a reader, I don't usually like how he handles female characters -- I feel like his talent seems to suddenly dry up on females. However, he is utterly FANTASTIC at handling the witches! His voices for Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax are truly spot on. Some of the others in this book . . . well, I don't mind so much, purely because of how brilliantly he does the witches.

    Now onto the story itself:

    At a few points in this novel, I think Pratchett got a little heavy-handed with the exposition, which is really the only shortcoming he ever had as a writer, in my opinion. The story itself is marvelous: Magrat Garlick becomes a fairy godmother and embarks on a journey to save a Cinderella-esque young lady from the fate of storydom, accompanied by Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax (two traveling companions whom we can all be very grateful we've never had to travel with). One neat thing about this particular novel is that you do get to see a bit more of Discworld than you typically get -- most novels are just set in one location, typically Ankh Morpork or perhaps Lancre. It's a very fun travel story blended with spoofs of a few different fairytales. Definitely a novel that I enjoy rereading and listening to over and again.

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    Kloftonk 09-26-15
    Kloftonk 09-26-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Terry Pratchett was a wonderful writer"

    You phone love with the characters the story keeps me wanting more. This author is truly going to be missed.

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    dallas Wichita, KS 09-02-15
    dallas Wichita, KS 09-02-15 Member Since 2012

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    another great story. It was enlightening. the saw the elephant in the end.

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    Niels 07-01-15
    Niels 07-01-15 Member Since 2016
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    the begining falls a bit short but the ending is really great
    i highly recommend this book for All discworld fans

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    Tiffany Kelly 06-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Male voicing women"
    Any additional comments?

    It was odd hearing a male actor voice a story made up of almost entirely female characters, but he did a good job. I prefer Celia Imrie's portrayal of the three witches. Unfortunately I couldn't find a version of her reading this book.

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    Amanda 06-09-15
    Amanda 06-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "excellent story"

    as wonderful as all Terry Pratchett's work. we'll read, but would have been Beyer read by a woman since the three main protagonists and two main antagonists were all women.

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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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