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(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1996; Copyright © Terry and Lyn Pratchett, 1988; Cover Illustration © Josh Kirby
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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.
"Not as funny as some of the others."
I am slowly getting through the discworld books and there was something about this one which made it not as funny as the others. The storyline seemed to drag on a little and there wasn't really any 'what's going to happen next' moments which I'm so fond of.
The voice acting was good and it had to be a woman as it was a story with lots of witches voices! I am unsure whether the book wasn't as funny as the others or if the way it was read meant I didn't notice any punch lines. There was one section that I found really funny however. (The getting drunk section without giving too much away). That bit didn't have any witches in it which made me think their characters and dreary voices, which were kind of essential as that's how witches sound, were the main reason for me not enjoying this one as much as the others.
"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.
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