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(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1996; Copyright © Terry and Lyn Pratchett, 1991
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.
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.
I have, and this is just as enjoyable as the others I've heard.
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.
RIP Mr. Pratchett. You will be missed!
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.
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.
When Nanny Ogg writes home.
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!
I couldn't pinpoint one moment in particular.
This is a great listen which does not require any previous knowledge of the discworld.
Classic Pratchett. Say no more.
Planer handles character personalities quite well. He has a great delivery. I will look for him performing other books.
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)!
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!
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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