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  • Equal Rites

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Celia Imrie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,964
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,149

Right before the wise old wizard Drum Billet died, he passed on his magical staff of power to the newborn eighth son of an eighth son. Unfortunately, Drum Billet never bothered to check the gender of the newborn baby, and it turns out to be a girl. Now his chauvinistic colleagues are forced to deal with a young girl who has all the qualifications to join their all-male profession. Terry Pratchett's third Discworld novel, Equal Rites, asks many provocative questions about magic, where it goes, where it comes from, and why.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of fun

  • By Lisa L. Hilton on 08-01-04

Great story but HORRIBLE audio quality

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-20-19

I'm regretting getting this as an audiobook because of how bad the audio quality is. You can hear static all throughout and the volume is not at all consistent. In some areas you can barely hear the narrator at all. I usually listen to books in the car on my long commute but I really struggled with this one because it was so hard to hear. Extremely frustrating!

A lot of reviews complain about the narrator but I suspect the issue is mainly the audio issues combined with thinly veiled sexism. Her performance of Granny Weatherwax was spot on.

  • The Left Hand of Darkness

  • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,785
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,545
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,545

A groundbreaking work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can change their gender. His goal is to facilitate Winter's inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the completely dissimilar culture that he encounters. Embracing the aspects of psychology, society, and human emotion on an alien world, The Left Hand of Darkness stands as a landmark achievement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Almost 50 and still amazing

  • By kwdayboise (Kim Day) on 06-07-17

The narrator was hard for me to understand

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-25-18

From the previews I thought the narrator was a woman with a very clear voice but apparently that was only the forward. The actual narrator is a man who does not speak clearly. I listen to audio books on my very long daily commute and along with the road noise I couldn't understand the mumbling narrator at all. I returned this book and will buy a print copy instead.

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