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Equal Rites Audiobook

Equal Rites: Discworld #3

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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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    Albert 03-13-16
    Albert 03-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story, ruined by awful audio quality"

    The sound is as if it was recorded on Edison's cylinder recorder.
    Shame on Audible for selling such an bad recording, but well, making a new one costs money so that would mean less profit.

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    Jason Yandell 02-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "funny moments, sometimes lags. blah narration"

    Good overall, but not great. Narrator's sense of timing leaves something to be desired and her voices are not as vibrant as others'.

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    Sena 12-11-15
    Sena 12-11-15
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    "least favorite of the best Discworld series"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Celia Imrie?

    Anyone at all. She was awful. Not untalented, I suppose, just...not at all right for this book. She seemed so in love with the idea of becoming the characters that she didn't bother to make sure she could be understood. Not only was there a scene where she imitated a character eating and talking at the same time by making truly revolting smacking and swallowing noises, in a scene where she was trying to reproduce a semi-literate character's letter she focused so much on over-pronouncing any misspelled words that the entire passage was unintelligible. Truly a painful listen, which is unfortunate since I so love this book series.


    Any additional comments?

    The witches are my favorite Discworld characters, but this is the witches book I like the least. The later books in the series handle the issue of gender with wry humor and a deft touch (like in Making Money when Pratchett addresses how a golem can be female or, indeed, male), and the witches are much more interesting. This book addresses the idea of women doing "men's work" with all the subtlety of an anvil, and this version of Granny Weatherwax doesn't have much in common with the beloved version of her in later books.

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    Heather 11-17-15
    Heather 11-17-15
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    "Amazing story, good narration, poor audio quality"

    I love this book and the audio version is quite good. There is no genius like Pratchett. Celia Imrie does a very good job as narrator. However, the audio quality is not great and at a couple points I could hear a lot of distracting background noises (though it may be worth mentioning that I was using rather good headphones while listening to this and the background noise might be less noticeable if listened to on speakers).

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    Temeneos 10-03-15
    Temeneos 10-03-15
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    "Never enough Granny Weatherwax"

    Terry Pratchett was a genius and there is never enough Granny Weatherwax.

    A very enjoyable book, I highly recommend it.

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    Champ 08-24-15
    Champ 08-24-15
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    "Reading in an Affected Whisper"
    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I do not understand why Celia Imrie chose to read the narrative portions in such a whispery affected style. It's difficult to understand (we listen in the car, so the road noise always competes with Audible) and somehow lessens the impact of Terry Pratchett's wry humor. There are places where I feel that she's missing what is really going on in the writing and fails to emphasize the important parts or pause when she should. I'm not fond of the way she reads Granny Weatherwax, who often sounds more frail than sharp. The 'reading' of Granny's writing in letters is painfully slow and still doesn't convey a sense of the writing. The stuttering from Simon is distracting. On the positive side, she often does a credible job of speaking in the child's voice.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Terry Pratchett's writing and wish Audible would issue a better version of Equal Rites.

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    Jennifer Manning Ut, USA 08-05-15
    Jennifer Manning Ut, USA 08-05-15

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    "Love this one."

    This is one of my all time favorite Discworld novels. When I started reading them (chronologically) I had a hard time, not that I didn't enjoy the first two, I just wasn't sure I wanted to invest as much time and money as such a prolific author would cost. But after this novel I was hooked and it only gets better from here on in.

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    T. Bukach Richmond, VA USA 07-21-15
    T. Bukach Richmond, VA USA 07-21-15 Member Since 2014

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    "A fun listen"

    Entertaining and humorous. Good for all ages. Can be a bit slow on the plot but very funny. Narrator has great repertoire of voices that make the story come alive.

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    Talia 07-13-15
    Talia 07-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    amazing to put you in that happy comfortable place for sleep! i love this book

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    belseat 06-19-15
    belseat 06-19-15

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    "loved the reading of the story"

    not my favourite disc world novel, but still very enjoyable. the performance was great. I love the accents, the voice changes and the stutters.

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  • Shawn
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    "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.

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