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  • Equal Rites

  • Discworld #3
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Celia Imrie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,910
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,916

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

Pratchett great, narrator too treacly

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

Reviewed: 02-13-12

If you could sum up Equal Rites in three words, what would they be?

Granny weatherwax wonderful

What did you like best about this story?

Getting to meet Granny Weatherwax was a treat.

What didn’t you like about Celia Imrie’s performance?

Quite often I wanted to tear off my headphones and forget this book altogether. Her too sweet tone and slow fairy tale take on this book drove me crazy at times. Speaking for the protagonist she was great, but she couldn't meet the standard tone of a Pratchett novel and I would not want to hear her again for his books. She is talented but this is not her genre.

Any additional comments?

I was determined after reading negative reviews of this narrator that I would not have such a blind one-sided take on her work, but after being patient for the first hour of reading I found I had the same opinion of many other readers. Her angle of entry on Pratchett just doesn't work well. Her sometimes dreamy voiced reading doesn't suit the sarcastic, and edgy discworld.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful