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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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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.

7 of 7 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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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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.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Pratchett is one of my favorite authors

Very funny and entertaining. Saved my sanity during nursing sessions with my daughter.

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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.

22 of 27 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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The narrator is just fine.

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.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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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.

12 of 15 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.

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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.