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(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1996; Copyright © Terry and Lyn Pratchett, 1988; Cover Illustration © Josh Kirby
Although the writing of the book is very good (I have read it multiple times), this narration of it is not. The accent of the reader is sometimes un-understandable, and it also clashes with the narrator of all the other books on this site. I have to really make an effort to understand what is being said in the book, in contrast to terry's other audio books on this site, which are clear and easy to understand.
I love Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels. However, after meeting Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg in the Tiffany Aching novels, it's difficult to hear someone read them as weak, whining, old women.
Steven Briggs knows these women are strong and vibrant (if old), and reads them that way. I wish Celia Imrie had done the same.
I don't understand where listeners find the narration difficult. All I hear is a typical British accent. Clear and concise!
The book is full of whimsy and humor. One of the few books I have listened too and broke out in histerical laughter. The characters are more colorful than a mega-box of Crayolas.
Beautifully writen and beautifully read.
If you watch British television and have a difficult time understanding the dialog then you will have problems listening to this. If not, you can't go wrong with this title.
I love Terry Pratchett, (though I will confess to having gotten spoiled by starting with "The Wee Free Men" and nothing I have heard since, has been as funny as the feegles are.) Still, I am working my way through all the Disc World books and trying to listen to them in some sort of order. I recently finished the Death books and started on the Witch books. I enjoyed "Equal Rites" very much - including the way Celia Imrie read it.
I also enjoyed "Wyrd Sisters", so I would recommend it, but, I do have to say, while I generally like the way Ms. Imrie reads, I really, and I mean really, hated some of the voices in this book. I never quite accepted Nanny Ogg as being such a shakey old woman voice and one of the characters talked with a stuffed up nose - very annoying. I imagine it is hard to come up with distintive voices for each character and I like the way Ms. Imrie reads men's voices better than many women readers, but I am thinking of moving on to the Wizard books for awhile rather than continue with the witches.
I have 8 other Disc World books and I am A big fan. This being said I am VERY DISAPOINTED! The Narator butchered this book beyond my point of listening. She will speak real softly forcing you to turn the volume up then do a messed up voice at 2-3 times the volume blowing up your speakers. Her charecter voices are pittiful at best. This is the first and hopefully the last time I have not finished a book.
As with "Equal Rites," Isis Audio made the tragic mistake of having someone other than Nigel Planer read this book. Celia Imrie's reading style is twee and she cannot even pronounce the character's names correctly. Read this one on your own and then listen to "Witches Abroad" (read by Mr. Planer, thank gods).
The narration of this audio book is more appropriate to a serious novel like Angela's Ashes than quirky humor of a Pratchett book. It's the only Pratchett audio book I have ever turned off, even though I've read the book itself 3 times. She has a pleasant and clear voice, and is skilled at reading characters. Her only flaw is that she utterly misses the style of the novel. Her rendition drains the novel of humor in an utterly fatal manner. After about 5 minutes listening to her I wanted to slash my wrists. Don't waste your money on this narrator reading comedy.
Ms. Imrie has a very fine voice indeed, but it is just not variable enough to present the characters in this tale. Her male characters are too similar, and, there is no other way to say it, she screeches.
Nigel Planer makes a cameo appearance as Death, badly recorded, in this audiobook. He should have dramatised the whole thing.
Avoid This Narrator! With this month's subscription I purchased both Wyrd Sisters and Equal Ritesm which are both narrated by Celie Imrie. They are terrible! What happened to Nigel Planer for these books? I'm not sure if there are other versions narrated by Planer, or Stephen Briggs, but I'd look for them before buying this version. The narration puts the listener in the mind of a mother reading her child to sleep, which is exactly the effect obtained! By contrast, the Briggs/Planer narrations keep the listener actively interested in the story. In short, run away! Run away!
When I first listened to the sample, I though to myself, “she sounds pretty good, and since most of the dialogue is between women, this will probably be all right”. No. Listening to the rest of the book was an exercise in patience and tolerance. Why is it that some narrators differentiate between voices by giving them some sort of speech impediment? The main dwarf character (I cant tell you what his name was, as I couldn’t understand what the hell she was saying) sounded like he had been up all night snorting cocaine, and was walking around with an amphetamine hangover. Granny Weatherwax sounded like she was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, Nanny Ogg not far behind. I always liked this story, as I like everything Terry Pratchett has written, but the horrible timing, the constant monotone, and the horrible voice characterizing completely ruined what is an otherwise clever and humorous book.
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