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(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1996; Copyright © Terry and Lyn Pratchett, 1988; Cover Illustration © Josh Kirby
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""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.
I have bought and listened to several Terry Pratchett books, and am obliged to say that this is by far and away, the worst I have sampled. Utterly plot-less, it reads like nothing more than a series of silly jokes. And very silly ones at that. So unlike his usual stuff.
But probably, the worst aspect of it all, and something for which Pratchett cannot be blamed, is the standard of recording. It is appalling! Celia Imrie, has always been, and remains, despite it all, simply amazing. But there are gaps and pauses all over the place, creating an awful stop-start routine you find yourself counting. I didn't finish it. I abandoned it, and put it down to a loss, and a waste of money. Shame.
Celia gives wonderful life to the caracters in this book! The story unfolds as it should and kept me entranced from start to finish. Excellent!
"Great story poor narration"
I love the disk world series and the audio books. This is the first story to feature the three witches together unfortunately the narrator mixes up voices of two of the witches (nanny ogg and granny wetherwax) and even when the voices rant mixed up they are too similar. I had already read the book in papper format however my wife had not so got confused between the caricters.
"Listen to preview!"
Listen to the preview before buying this version, -I think most people will not buy this, but then try the abridged version-that is far more entertaining!.
It is such a pity that an excellent Terry Pratchett book has been so spoilt by such a bad reading, and that is the point, we are buying an audio book, not a written version, and the reading WILL make or break the product we are buying, sorry Celia, but you broke a product written by my favourite author of all time, I wish you well, but I wish you found another line of work!
"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.
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