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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
"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.
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
"Excellent story, poor narration"
I didn't think it was possible to make Terry Pratchett sound boring but this narrator does. Such a shame.
"Great story slightly let down by poor recording"
An excellent book from Terry Pratchett - what you would probably call one of the 'classic' discworld books. Quite early on in the series, it features some of the characters who will become well-beloved to anyone who reads on. There's plenty of well observed, dry wit as well as a dash of slapstick comedy on occasion. Plenty of allusions to the theatre in general and Shakespeare in particular. An excellent read.
The flip-side of that praise is that this title is let down by a poor recording. The reading, by Celia Imrie is actually not bad (despite what some reviews say) but the sound quality is not up to the standards I have come to expect. I suspect that the audio has been digitised from an old cassette copy of the book rather than a proper master recording - the way the sound quailty varies from one chapter to the next and the chapter breaks have no regard for the flow of the narritive. It all just detracted a bit from the final product.
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.
"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!!
"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!
Comedically pokes fun at politics, ideas of fate, and generally slips satire in round the back, whilst making you giggle.
Magrat. She's just so colourful and interesting a character.
Granny Weatherwax. Celia nailed the voice and tones for Granny Weatherwax perfectly.
Audio quality wasn't the best, but the performance was good.
"Great story expertly narrated"
A lovely story with an excellent narration. Celia Imrie's interpretation is great. The different characters really come to life.
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