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Publisher's Summary

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.

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(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1995; Copyright © Terry Pratchett, 1987; Cover Illustration © Josh Kirby

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    4 out of 5 stars

Lots of fun

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.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars

Perhaps a different narrator....

I love Terry Pratchett???s Discworld books and have quite a few of them, as well as listen to them repeatedly. However, the right narrator can make an enormous difference and so it has proved here. Perhaps I???ve become so accustomed to the voice talents of Nigel Planer and Stephen Briggs on the other Discworld books that listening to Celia Imrie was a great disappointment. She has a pleasant voice, but not enough energy, nor does she seem to pick up the humorous intent inherent in much of Pratchett???s work. While I listened to the whole book, it wasn???t enjoyable or memorable. And I don???t wish to listen to it again. Would love to hear either Nigel Planer or Stephen Briggs read this book. I???d gladly buy it again.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Pratchett great, narrator too treacly

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

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    5 out of 5 stars

Very Interesting!

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.

17 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • Kate
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • 11-15-11

Narration is Unintelligible

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.

24 of 29 people found this review helpful

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It was okay.

I prefer Nigel Planer and Stephen Briggs. Imrie is a bit whispery for my taste. I thought it was appropriate to have a female read the story, but it definitely fell flat. Her Librarian was extremely awkward. The story itself is alright. I enjoy Granny Weatherwax but the witches are probably my least favorite of the discworld characters. That being said, shes definitely still an entertaining and hilarious character. Worth a read, not a listen.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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If you need to sleep

How did the narrator detract from the book?

This woman read like she was trying to put a child to sleep. She missed all the humor and sucked all the life out of the story. I love Terry Prachett and Granny Weatherwax, but this woman butchered them! PLEASE rerecord the books this woman recorded! Don't waste your money.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • pashopper
  • BUTLER, PA, United States
  • 04-20-09

A Trousers of Time Experience

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.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Mediocre at best.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The characters were very 2 dimensional. I didn't connect with anyone unlike book 2.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Book 4. I liked book 2 so much I bought the next few in the series. I thought it would continue the story but this one fell flat.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Celia Imrie?

She has a very nice voice, but not for this book. The subtle tongue in cheek moments are lost with her. It was very hard to get past the first 15 minutes as I felt like she was patting me on the head as she spoke.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

There were times where I thought the story was about to get interesting, like when Granny is in the hole with the bear and the dwarfs show up, but that got tossed to the side by the writer to fast track a 'lead you by the nose' story.

Any additional comments?

A very anticlimactic ending to a very linear story line. I like the author and I'm buying all the stories in the series, but I would advise readers to put this one the very back of the listening list (you won't miss any key plot lines in the rest by doing so).

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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I like Celia Imrie

The story was pure Pratchett. I really enjoyed this recording and feel the need to address some of the comments about the narrator.

While I also adore Nigel Planar, I found Celia Imrie a very appropriate narrator for this story. I have a hard time with narrators that are different genders than the main characters and I suspect I am not unique. I did not find Celia Imrie at all difficult to understand. Her Granny Weatherwax is perfect and I will have a hard time moving on to books about the witches read by Nigel Planar in large part because of this.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Shawn
  • 10-02-06

Equal Rites

3rd book in the Discworld saga. The first three books are hard work in my opinion until you come to Morrt. Once you have read that one, you start to develop a love for the characters.

On first read of the first three Discworld books, I found them clunky and had several specifics to that saga that were awkward as literary ideas. I returned and read these first three books and in reference to this one in particular and thoroughly enjoyed them.

Well read and well wrote if clunky and awkward on first read.