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(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1996; Copyright © Terry and Lyn Pratchett, 1988; Cover Illustration © Josh Kirby
I love the story and the typlcal Pratchett humor.
The narrator did well, except that she make the witches' voices uncomfortably screechy.
The narrator takes a classic Prattchet and makes it painfully hard to listen to. The pace is so slow you begin to wonder if the narrator lost her place in the book. Everyone, with the exception of Nanny Ogg, sounds bored. Nanny Ogg sounds both bored and "special".
What a way to ruin a good book.
The book was good but the narrator was difficult to make out and was easily drowned out and overshadowed by environmental noise. I listen to these while driving and for large sections I had to turn the volume way up to understand what was being said. I simply don't like her voice for the narration, I vastly prefer the narration done in Sourcery.
It is Pratchett so the story is fun and enjoyable, but and it is a big but the dramatised narration is just plain annoying. It would be very helpful if dramatised narrations were marked with some kind of warning like the abridged versions are. I wish there were a plain version of this audio book. I don't mind the narrators voice, then she isn't making "voices" for the charters. This actually isn't a children's book, it shouldn't have "funny" voices - they are just distracting and take me out of the story.
Although i am an Immense fan of TP I have previously listened to the Nigel planer version. this is no where near as good in factI GAVE UP AFTER THE 1ST HOUR!! Even though i am a great fan of Celia Imrieit just didn't work! Sorry
Ruined by the narration! It seems that Celia Imrie had not read the book before narrating it and there couldn't have been a director as some of the accents for the characters are shockingly inappropriate and distracting.
"Poor audio and (sadly) poor narration"
Having somebody else read it and having it produced properly and recorded without the use of defective recording equipment.
I'm sure this narrator is capable but it just didn't work for me and I can only say that somebody who enjoyed TP would have been good. It sounds as if she hated the whole business. This is not her fault, but is the producers as she was only doing what was asked.
Good story. Painful narration.
If this was your first taste of TP you'd probably not try it again, but please do give it him a 2nd chance!
"Still not convinced by the accents"
The character voices, as with Imrie's reading of Equal Rites, are truly awful in parts although she seems to get the hang of it eventually. Good actress, funny lady, terrible orator. Surely there are other talented women (as this story should indeed be read by a woman I feel) who could have been asked? Great story, undermined slightly by the wobbly accents - couldn't understand a word of Nanny Ogg until about an hour in!!
Granted, Celia Imrie wasn't the best of choices but it would be hard to compare here to other narrators as all the other Pratchett book narrators have been men I enjoyed the change and like her reading of this and the other Pratchett book she did (Equal Rites) I think it's unfair to rate the book only on the narrator, the book is brilliant, many people say that Pratchett's earlier books aren't brilliant, including Sir Terry himself, but this book is a brilliant Pratchett take on Macbeth with a very witty ending and a brilliant introduction of many now loved characters. Anyone who loves the Discworld or Pratchett books in general or even just of the witches books will love this book even if they don't like the narrators way of reading it.
"who let Celia Imrie narate this???"
Bring back Nigel Planner to read the books! This is the worst I have every heard, whatever Celia Imrie does, lets hope she is better at her day job.
"Funny clever book wrecked by poor narration"
Celia Imrie, normally a good actress, doesn't seem to understand the characters. I have had this audiobook for some time and have just had a second go at listening and couldn't bear it. I gave this audiobook a poor rating on first listening but my review has disappeared and I noticed with amazement that it seems to have good reviews again so someone must like it but NOT ME.
My advice is read the book or listen to another narrator but DO NOT BUY THIS VERSION
"I want my money back!"
First, the quality of the recording is awful. It sounds like it's being played on audio cassette, copied onto an old tape. If you want to listen properly you need the volume way up. The narration itself is terrible. The bizarre West Country accents, missed punchlines, lack of emotion and lack of characterisation makes it infuriating. I'll be asking for my money back.
I adore all the Pratchett books and listen to the audio books when going sleep but celia's character voices got very frustrating and annoying. I didn't mind her narration of the story but the characters spoilt the story for me
"Bring back Nigel Planer"
I should state that I have not listened to this audio book yet. However I would like to add my voice to those asking for some consistency in readers. It is jarring to have the same characters read in very different ways. Also these reports of poor voicing by the current reader definitely disinclines me from purchasing this product. If I just desired the book then I would purchase a physical paperback, rather than pay the extra for something which is sub-standard. I pay the extra for the pleasure of having the book read to me. If the pleasure is not there then I am disinclined to pay the extra. Simple maths of economics. I love the witches, and love Planer's portrayal of them. One has to wonder why the people who produced such great material would then go back on themselves, not just once, but twice with both Equal Rites and Wyrd Sisters. Gender equality is a great ideal, but at last find someone who is capable of doing the material justice.
I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. I've long been a fan of Terry Pratchett, and this is the first Pratchett audiobook I have listened to. I liked the narrator's elegant understated reading style for the narrative- it may seem a bit deadpan until you get used to it. For me- I was hooked within an hour. She doesn't use her voice to tell you when to laugh but reads the narrative 'straight', and lets the humour and beauty of Pratchett's language shine through. And her reading of the dialogue- especially the witches, who are the main characters in this book, is very good. Celia Imrie really brought them to life.
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