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(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1995; Copyright © Terry Pratchett, 1987; Cover Illustration © Josh Kirby
Granny Weatherwax is one of my all-time favorite characters in any book. Terry Pratchett has the rare and wonderful gift for creating strong female characters who aren't simply men in dresses.
This book was a fun story, and the narrator did a good job capturing the characters. There were some indistinct spots, though few and far between.
Although the beginning dragged a bit, the story got very fascinating. And I do think that the female reader was very fitting, had to get used to a different voice, but it grows on you. Although Nigel Planer read most of the discworld series, Ms. Imrie did a fine job. Humans are creatures of habit and tend to resist change, but her voice was a nice change, inspite of most reviewers negative comments.
After reading the reviews about female narrator, I was worried about downloading. I almost dreaded starting this book but decided to focus on the words not the reading. Maybe it was the low expectations, but I thought Celia did a fine job. Granny was done perfectly. She could have changed up her accents for characters a bit better. Sometimes it was confusing because her voices for some characters were very close to each other. Anyway, go for it. It's fine.
Ms. Imrie's reading of this excellent novel is more in the way of a bedtime story..for children of all ages. Listen cuddled up in the dark at night. Then Ms. Imrie's voice will carry you to the never, never.
Another Discworld story packed with humor and interesting characters. This is the third discworld I have listened to, and definitely my favorite. The narrator does an amazing job. The story stands alone, not as a sequel to the previous discworld titles. The story follows the adventures of a girl who wants to become the first woman wizard, her mentor Granny Weatherwax (a witch), and a host of wacky and delightful discworld characters. I laughed out loud many times - try it and see!
First, Stop. If this is going to be your first Discworld book, leave it for later. Go listen to one of the others, a Planer or Briggs narration. They fit Terry Pratchett infinitely better.
This is a good story but the voice doesn't fit. It warps the experience so that it is recognizable as a Pratchett book - but one that went down the wrong leg and was written in that parallel universe we've heard about.
It is worth it if you prefer audio, it introduces Granny Weatherwax after all. You only have to resist the soporific effects of Imrie's sleepy tones to hear it. It's not about having a female narrator - it's about having the Right female for the material. Maybe someday it will be redone but I doubt it. Might as well not wait.
Hardcore audiobook nerd.
I am a Pratchett fanatic, and own every recording that he has available, and I would pay ANYTHING to have this and Wyrd Sisters re-recorded with Stephen Briggs as the narrator. Celia's performance is so mumbled and without inflection that I sincerely can barely understand her at all.
The Isis Audio editions of Pratchett's books with Nigel Planer as the reader are superb. For some tragic reason, however, they had a woman read this book and she is ghastly. She reads in a sicky-sweet style and fails to pronounce the character's names correctly. If I ever win the lottery I will personally pay Mr. Planer to record this book!
Ms. Imrie gives a terrible reading of this slightly uninspired volume in the Discworld series. I understand the desire for a female narrator in a book about Discworld's first female wizard, but there are much better choices out there than this. Here's hoping for a future re-release with a different narrator.
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