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Witches Abroad: Discworld, Book 12 | [Terry Pratchett]

Witches Abroad: Discworld, Book 12

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.
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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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    Esther Mannum, Australia 02-05-13
    Esther Mannum, Australia 02-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Difficult task for Magrat. Good job for friends?"

    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.

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  • Katharin
    Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, United Kingdom
    2/14/08
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    "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.

    25 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Clare
    Stroud, United Kingdom
    3/27/11
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jacqueline
    Stanbury, West Yorks
    7/1/13
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    "Love the Story, Shame about the Narration"
    What made the experience of listening to Witches Abroad the most enjoyable?

    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.


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

    Granny Weatherwax playing poker on the riverboat.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Nigel Planer’s performances?

    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.


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

    It made me laugh out loud


    Any additional comments?

    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?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lesley
    10/19/12
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sue
    Oswestry, United Kingdom
    12/5/13
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    "Abroad is a strange country...I always knew it"
    What made the experience of listening to Witches Abroad the most enjoyable?

    It was well read with the right intonation and speed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It made me laugh out loud . A thing I seldom do as I usually chuckle quietly or silently.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    When the house fell on Nanny Ogg


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

    Oh yes.... I laughed a lot


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Janine
    BRACKNELL, United Kingdom
    9/12/13
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steve
    10/6/14
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    "Nigel Planer versions are not good"
    What did you like best about Witches Abroad? What did you like least?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Witches Abroad to, and why?

    All of T'Pratchetts work


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Nigel Planer?

    Anyone that could do a better job... which leaves plenty of choice. (Sorry Nigel. but you spoil the book)


    Was Witches Abroad worth the listening time?

    No.. couldn't finish it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pierre
    Gloucester, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Witches of Lancre"

    This is one of my favourites with Granny and Nanny jousting. The touch, involving Greebo was an awesome twist. He plays a significant role in this outing. There are many cameo themes within the book. I find it incredible satisfying in trying to pre-empt the author while he plays out his story. I love this story and will read ad re-read this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • patrina
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    4/10/13
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    "witches abroad"

    A delightful Discworld tale with references to this world's fairy stories abounding on every page but cleverly distorted and revamped. I love these witches with interesting morals and ways of dealing with the unexpected. A good escapist tale often with laughter but occasionally thought provoking - I've never felt sorry for the wolf in Little Red Riding Hood before!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mike
    Todmorden, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Who could doubt the presence of witches?"

    Not if you get a stern look from one of the witches created by Pratchett. There's something about these ladies that draws you into a world where tomcats are pinups and grannies are never what they seem. Every joke's a good one, every moment of drama or danger or simple fun is one that can't be ignored or avoided. You know you want to jump in, it makes sense. Go on, try it. You won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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