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(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1996; Copyright © Terry and Lyn Pratchett, 1988; Cover Illustration © Josh Kirby
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
"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.
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.
"The worst audio quality ever"
Great book and despite other comments I quite like the narration. But the audio quality is just shocking. I have not heard audio quality so bad since listening to badly recorded, half magnetised tape recordings on my sony walkman in the 80s. Really really poor. Bottom end distortion and the audio levels drop in and out constantly. The colour of magic was bad but this is worse. On listening to two now I can't see buying another which makes me sad as there is no excuse really.
It's been one of my favourite audio books think Celia Imrie is brilliant at reading the witch books
Really enjoyed snuff read by Stephen Briggs for the same reason I enjoyed this one think both narrators capture the characters voices in the way I heard them in my head
Think the different voices she uses for the witch characters is brilliant
Made me laugh whilst walking to work which got me a few strange looks from other people out that early
Definitely recommend you listen to this book just wish she had narrated all the witch books
Celia Imrie is a superb actress, however her narration of this book is a severe disappointment. Add to this the poor sound quality and the whole thing is a let down.
The story is a wonderful skit on Macbeth and Hamlet, written with Pratchett's typically wicked sense of humour. As the first of the full blown "Witches" books, it sets up the characters well for their appearances throughout the Discworld series.
The narration is badly paced and the characterisations are, on the whole, poor. Add to this that, at times, she sounds like she's reading the television news and this makes for a very boring listen.
A good story ruined by a poor narration.
""When shall we three meet again""
Witches, crowns, murder and mayhem ... This is the first of the Discworld novels to introduce us to the Witches .. And long may they reign ... Great narration only added to the greatness that is Sir Terry and the Discworld.
"Let down by the narrator"
I love all the witches books, this is just such a huge let down compared to the rest as Celia Imry is just incapable of setting the mood. It feels like you are being read a story by your teacher at junior school rather than enjoying Pratchett's usual cheeky fantasy adventure's. There is nothing wrong with the story its just it would have been better read by Nigel Planer.
"Esme On Form"
This is an early Witches book but the characters are all there, fully formed, and the story is the usual great Discworld stuff. I've avoided getting this one because of the reviews. Like everyone else here, I've grown to love Nigel Planer's narration, you only have to hear the inflection he puts into voicing the Librarian to know he's the man for the job, but I decided to give Celia Imrie a chance. It isn't her fault she isn't Nigel Planer, after all. On the whole she doesn't do that bad a job, she gets the personalities of the characters across well and if you can get past the cut glass, clipped nature of her voice she's perfectly acceptable. And no need to worry about her ruining Death, he's handled brilliantly by, what sounds like, Nigel himself. All in all, glad I invested, Jolly good listen.
"Wicked Ear Candy"
I listen to audio books while working and require only two things. A good story and a good narrator. Celia Imrie is the perfect match for this story, she brings life and depth to the very wyrd sisters of the book, allowing each one a voice that is not simply a creaking, crackling aberration but a person whose personality shines through. Pratchett's ladies are in safe hands here, you will not find a better interpretation of the wit and humour he presents in this story.
I understand where the other reviewers are coming from but i personally like the grittiness of the recording because feels right in regards to the story. It also kind of gives the illusion that the story is being told in discworld and transmitted here, I am in film and television so that could account for this assumption.
I also think the narrator did very well with the characters, her voice matched their personalities.
The story was fantastic. i always love Terry Pratchett because he takes ridiculousness to a new level and this story is amazing.
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