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(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1996; Copyright © Terry and Lyn Pratchett, 1991
The best fun I've ever had listening to an audio book.
There were so many times I'd been laughing so hard I missed the next few lines entirely and had to go back..only to find myself laughing helplessly all over again.
The plot is brilliant, one well known as a fairy tale and several others interspersed of course, but that's basically where any resemblance to the original stories ends.
As in meeting Red Riding Hood there is no title to that chapter but a red cloak mentioned and some characters remain, but once the Witches entire the scene begins the mayhem and delightful unravelling of the original stories.
I loved the narration, it's Exceptional! Granny, Nanny and Magrat have been indelibily stamped in my imagination, truly making the experience so bloody funny.
If it's your first time reading Terry Pratchett start with this book, Witches Abroad then read the 1st book in this fantastic set of work novels.
This was and is the best spent few dollars of entertainment, I have read and listened again many times to his entire collection of Disc World. Brilliant.
Terry Pratchett weaves his usual "magic" and makes it hard to stop listening. You are engaged right from the start with a wealth of interesting and frequently unusual characters. This third book in this series is the first one I have listened to and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is full of humour and complications with nothing dull or ordinary to spoil your enjoyment.
"Possibly the best of the Witches series"
Although Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels are long-time favourites, my favourite 'series' amongst them is undoubtedly the Witches. We first met Granny Weatherwax in Equal Rites, but the full introduction of his sisters three comes in Wyrd Sisters. However, this has got to be the absolute pick of the bunch, as Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and well-meaning 'wet hen' Magrat Garlick team up to do some rather unusual fairy godmothering - and manage to shed an altogether new and hilarious light on both fairy stories and travel in 'forn parts' along the way (Nanny's postcards home are priceless !). And Granny's headology is put to its most stringent test yet in an ending with a definite twist....... Nigel Planer's narration is an absolute joy, capturing all of the characters to perfection, in particular the interaction between Granny and Nanny. Excellent all round.
"Nigel Planer versions are not good"
The book itself is very, very good.The quality of the recording is very very poor. Read far too quickly and recorded with reverberation switched on. I can't listen to the book. Much prefer Tony Robinson to Nigel Planer.
All of T'Pratchetts work
Anyone that could do a better job... which leaves plenty of choice. (Sorry Nigel. but you spoil the book)
No.. couldn't finish it.
"Once upon a time?"
This has got to be one of the best Discworld books ever, and defiantly the best one involving everyone?s favourite witches. Taking fairytales we all know and dealing with the bits that never quite fitted. How do pigs build houses when all they have is trotters? How does chopping his way through some brambles and kissing a princess prove someone will make a good husband/king? And is there really such a thing as ?Happily Ever After?? Regardless of whether you are a long time fan or someone having their first Discworld outing, this story is guaranteed to delight and entertain.
"Love the Story, Shame about the Narration"
It's a really good story and, having only met the witches through the Tiffany Aching books was keen to see them earlier in their careers.
Granny Weatherwax playing poker on the riverboat.
Absolutely not, my introduction to Discworld was through Stephen Briggs and his performances have set the standard for me. This narration was too slow and in places leaden and he managed to make the witches less sharp and more comic than they need to be.
It made me laugh out loud
I am very biased here but if it was up to me I'd have Stephen Briggs record the whole of
The Discworld Series, any chance please someone?
"Enjoy a happy ending - even if it wasn't planned"
This is a story about true nature of stories in their raw state: about the dubious pleasure of foreign travel with your friends and why dropping a house on a witch’s head is really not a good idea. This is a story about the real nature of cats and cats don’t get any more real than Greebo. Greebo with his roguish charm, handsome physic and feline guile who toys with vampires, seduces titled Ladies and fights for the honour of his owner, the glory of his kind and the sheer bloody Hell of it. Add a sprinkling of voodoo, a highly romantic dwarf and a couple of long held personal grudges and you soon come to realise that happy endings aren’t all they are cracked up to be. Oh and the bananas. Did I mention the bananas? Yes, drinks with bananas in.....Dearie, Dearie Me.
This is Terry Pratchett at his absolute best. It is a must listen when you are on holiday or alternatively a must listen for when you need a holiday but can only get away for a few hours.
"Disappointing narration and sound quality"
Love Terry Pratchett books, and this is one of my favourites but Nigel Planer destroyed it for me. None of his accents matched the settings in the story.
I would like to hear Stephen Briggs read it instead
Sound quality is awful! Really loud hissing in the background, never had that from audible books before. I will be asking for a refund due to the lack of sound quality, never mind the dire narration.
"Abroad is a strange country...I always knew it"
It was well read with the right intonation and speed.
It made me laugh out loud . A thing I seldom do as I usually chuckle quietly or silently.
When the house fell on Nanny Ogg
Oh yes.... I laughed a lot
If you have never read a Discworld book you don't know what you are missing. This strange and weird world is at the same time the one we know so well as we live on it and one so strange it cannot be real. The humour is often subtle but sometimes tear inducing , side achingly obvious. Granny Weathewax and Nanny Ogg are so well written that you feel you might meet them in your local supermarket.....ok pub in Nanny Ogg's case. At every turn there is a twist and yet every twist turns out to be such a natural progression you wonder why you didn't see it coming. Listen with pleasure and a box of tissues ready for those tear inducing laughter stretches. As this book all those thoughts and phobias we have ever had about "abroad" and " them foreigners" will just be reinforced when you join the 3 witches as they go "abroad " for the first time. It's worth listening to for Nanny Ogg's postcards home alone.
"Pratchett for Prime Minister!"
All his books are phenomenal, and this one is, too. Granny Weatherwax is one of his best characters.
Nigel Planer does a beautiful job but the actual recording quality is not as good as it should be.
overall I enjoyed the story, I did find it off putting that the witches voices were different in this book to the others even though it was the same narrator!
"Looking to try out a Discworld book?"
Witches Abroad was the first Terry Pratchett that I read and the first that I downloaded on here. It is the twelth of the Discworld books but don't necessarily let that put you off it being your first read - they do have some sort of order but you don't necessarily need to start right at the beginning - they break off into a sort of series of mini-series which feature core sets of characters, and even then Witches Abroad is the third in the "Witches" mini-series chronologically. Basically, if the story takes your fancy then don't worry about it and dive in.
The combination of the three witches in these books - Granny, the sharp, dry witted cynic; Nanny a jovial lady with a will to experience happiness and joy in all its forms while at the same time using this as a counterbalance and to an extent camouflage for her own deep wisdom; and Magrat the naive, kind optimist - allows for exploration of human nature wrapped up in a brilliant comedy. That's what makes this book so amazing.
Meeting Mrs. Gogol, the voodoo witch.
Very well read - the accents of the Witches in particular.
I laughed a lot - it's one of those books that gives you frequent chuckles and catches you out with them unexpectedly.
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