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Equal Rites Audiobook

Equal Rites: Discworld, Book 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 it was 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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    Simmons Brookton, Australia 02-13-10
    Simmons Brookton, Australia 02-13-10
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    "Equal Rites"

    Get your sence of humour ready for a lateral thinking point of view on everything. What a fantastic book, filled with metophores with a difference and with characters who stay true to type and totaly out of stereo type. If you have a sense of humour and like to see life from the wacky side, read this and enjoy!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Cotton 06-19-08
    Amy Cotton 06-19-08 Listener Since 2007
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    "Hilarious, as always"

    What a great writer. This is read well and very entertaining.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Stringer Melbourne, Australia 11-06-07
    Michael Stringer Melbourne, Australia 11-06-07 Listener Since 2007
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    "Fun, imaginative but..."

    Terry Pratchett's Discworld provides a place fertile with stories and whimsy. He writes with great humour and some quiet swipes at injustice while telling of a girl who should become a wizard. With the strong support of her nanna, a witch, Esk journeys from her village in the mountains off to the University for Wizards.

    This part of the story, which consumes most of the book, is engaging and funny. Many an interesting character crosses their path, and of course there occurs an abundance of adventures.

    Where the story falls down is at the end, with a surreal sequence in some alternative world to a fantasy world. It all seems a bit silly and lazy. However, this is only the last 20 or so minutes after 7 hours of great entertainment. All-in-all, well worthwhile.




    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Bills 03-14-17
    Doug Bills 03-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "End of the line I'm afraid"

    After reading the first book in the Discworld series, I was looking forward to reading the whole series. Unfortunately after reading Equal Rites I'm completely turned off the idea. Too many witches and wizards and political correctness and most of the humour has got lame. Goodbye Discworld.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Mrs
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    9/13/13
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    "Celia did it for me"
    If you could sum up Equal Rites in three words, what would they be?

    Clever, witty, droll


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed Celia's performance. I absolutely got her characters and she enjoyably enhanced a great story. I was disappointed when the book finished. Have to agree with other comments about poor sound quality though, always the same disappointing audio experience - if there was a realistic alternative to Audible, I'd defect like a shot.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Malcolm
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    6/3/08
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    "Disappointing"

    Equal Rites isn't one of Pratchett's best, but I had high hopes for this audiobook, thinking that Celia Imrie (a fine comic actress) was a good choice for a story which centres on two female characters. Unfortunately, though, frequent mispronunciations and odd intonations show that she didn't really understand what she was reading, and jarred me out of the story. Surprising, really: Pratchett's not exactly a challenging read!

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Cassandra
    3/19/16
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    "Weird narration"

    I love this book and was keen to get an audio version after enjoying many other Pratchett books. Sadly, this narrator is not for me. Her exposition reading is fine but I found her voices really bizarre. I almost returned the book for a refund.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stuart Nelmes
    Bristol UK
    2/12/16
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    "Don't bother "

    This is not a well read book. The reader has no clue what she is doing

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline
    4/9/15
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    "good story bad narrator."

    didn't like the narrator bring back Nigel plainer! could have been better. good story though.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Gallop
    London, United Kingdom
    3/24/15
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    "Great story - not keen on the narration!"

    I wish Audible would produce another unabridged version of this book! I'd buy it! A Terry Pratchett Classic read poorly.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A. B. Jay
    London
    8/26/14
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    "Awful - badly read - unintelligible! DO NOT BUY!!!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    read by someone who wasn't trying to make it for 5 year olds


    What was most disappointing about Terry Pratchett’s story?

    Great story


    How could the performance have been better?

    read by someone who wasn't trying to make it for 5 year olds


    Any additional comments?

    read by someone who wasn't trying to make it for 5 year olds

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    7/27/13
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    "Ruined by a terrible reading."

    After listening to the first two Discworld novels (which were superbly read by Nigel Planer) I was very eager to get stuck into the third. But, for me, it didn't live up to the first two titles. I found the characters far less appealing than Rincewind, Twoflower and the luggage, and there's less humour in this story. I know that the first two books are sometimes criticized for being a series of random scenarios rather than a coherent story, but I personally loved that. I'm not a fan of fantasy in general, and that's why I loved the Discworld - it poked affectionate fun at the genre while having fun inside it at the same time. For this I felt the chaotic format of The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic were ideal. This just didn't work as well for me. It has to be said that Pratchett was back on excellent form with the following title, Mort, though.

    Also, and I know that enough has been said about this, but it needs to be stressed. Celia Imrie does an abysmal job of reading the book. Most of the time I felt as though she was reading a children's book to a four year old, that she herself was not very interested in. Quite often I had to repeat things in my mind in order to think, "Ah, yes, that could have been funny if delivered differently."

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    12/9/10
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    On a par with other reviewers, I was disappointed with Celia Imrie's narration of this classic TP novel. I have had several previous TP audiobooks and have enjoyed them immensely, giving me many 'laugh out loud' moments, but I was left quite confused, and totally lost the plot by the last third of the book. I could perhaps put it down to it being a very early Pratchett novel but I really think it came down to Celia's reading. She is an admirable actress but as a narrator for TP books, I don't think she gets anywhere near the calibre of Stephen Briggs or even Nigel Planer.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Fiona
    6/17/17
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    "Great story; poor naration"

    It's hard to keep reviewing Terry Pratchett's work because the same compliments apply again and again! He really was one of the greatest writers of our age. This one is early enough in the series that the style we know and love is still settling down - by book 3 it's clear that Terry Pratchett has cracked the secret of an outstanding book.

    A brilliant story. Wonderful characters - clearly a great imagination is at work here, and woven through the whole thing is humour, wit, satire, a astute observation of the human condition, and a passion for ridiculing pomposity and stupidity.

    However, Cilia Imrie really doesn't work for me - I don't like the voices she does for the different characters, and I find her shrill. She's not helped by the quality of the recording - which I assume is very old - it sounds like she was probably talking into a drainpipe and someone with a cassette machine recorded her from the other side of the room.

    It's a great story and if it were re-recorded with a different narrator I'd buy it like a shot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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