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(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1996; Copyright © Terry and Lyn Pratchett, 1988; Cover Illustration © Josh Kirby
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"another Very enjoyable book by Terry Pratchett."
Another Very enjoyable book by Terry Pratchett. Also very well read by the narrator Ceilia Imrie. perfect again for a mainly female themed book. Now on to the next in the series.
The story was good but the performance was a let down and what's with the odd noise in-between each chapter?😞
"How to ruin a Prachett book."
Better sound quality and a different narrator.
Hard to say as I gave up on it.
Doubt I'd cut any, as rare I hate a character in Terry's books.
I used to read stacks of books a year, but after having a partial failure of my eyesight two years ago I've had to switch to audiobooks instead. Currently I'm going through the list of disc world books, but not really in order, as it doesn't matter hugely with his books. I just read the character progression books in order. IE first city watch and then the rest etc.
This book is ruined though for me by dreadful quality in sound. I download all my books in enhanced audio, but this sounds like it was ported directly off an old tape version. Not what I'd expect to hear. Then add in that the narration is very poor. Seems like she has no idea of what Prachett books are about and hence some of the humour is not really dealt with at all.
Seriously, listen to Steven Briggs voice the witches in the Tiffany Aching series and see the difference in how to narrate a book. Night and day comparison. Shame he wasn't in the mix at this time, as even Nigel Planer would have been better, and he did take over after this book I believe for the Witches series.
I gave up on the book sadly. And considering this is the 24th book of his I've listened too - of which I loved 23 of them - you can understand how much the narration must have annoyed me for it to cause me to pack in listening to it.
"The narration doesn't match the humour..."
I've read and listened to most of Terry Pratchett's books, call me sad but they make great duvet day books with little pearls of wisdom thrown in for good measure. Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg are two of my favourite characters but the soppy voice of Celia Imrie just doesn't match up the the characters in my view. Please re-record it using either one of the two stalwart TP narrators...
Like everybody else the excellent actress C. I. is just not in the same league as N. Planer and S. Briggs. Her voices and characterisation do not match up.
No more to be said really
"well I thought it was good"
Not the best, not the worst, pretty good really on the whole
What's not to like, Macbeth on the discworld. It's hilarious.
I didn't think she was as bad as all the other reviewers made out. I just turned the bass down and the treble up and it was fine. It worked a lot better having a talented female actress playing the mostly female cast than a male voice.
All of Terry pratchett's books make me laugh. This is no exception
Not as bad as all that but who cares what I think, it's your money.
"great story let down badly by the story teller"
I would not change the book in any way however the story teller does not do the book any justice. she tells it far to seriously with no irony.
"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.
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