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What could be easier than preventing a servant girl from marrying a prince, especially for three clever witches? But Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick face more than they bargained for when they journey to the distant city of Genua.

For one thing, their power is limited to Mrs. Gogol's weak voodoo spells, a one-eyed cat, and a secondhand magic wand that works only on pumpkins.

Furthermore, the Godmother has made Destiny an offer it can't refuse. Does a servant girls have to marry the prince? Is that what life's all about?

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©1991 Terry and Lyn Pratchett (P)1996 ISIS Publishing Ltd

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Wonderful book, greatly performed!

Witches Abroad is one of the best books I have ever read. It is witty, yet wise, and I find something new everytime I listen to it. I have read the book years ago and came back to it via audible to help me combat a stressful time.
The characters of the witches are charming as ever, in my opinion this is their best book. The story is captivating, but the little details of it are what gives this book it's magic!
The whole is wonderfully performed, really comfortable to listen to.
The only negative thing I could think of is that it made me mourn Terry Pratchett all over again - the world needs more authors like him...

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A Discworld classic <3

One of my favourite of Pratchett's novels featuring the exploits of witches Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat Garlick

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Brilliant as usual

Nigel Planer does an excellent performance. His voices of the various characters are fantastic and really capture their essence.

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Some bad spots

There are a few (two I think) spots where the audio cuts out and you miss a few lines of dialogue or content. This was frustrating in the spots where it happened and they should really fix this recording. At the 7:20:00 and 7:54:00 areas.

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Fantastic as Always

The story was fantastic as always, would read again. Death is my favourite character as well as Greebo, and Granny WhetherWax ofcourse and Nanny Ogg :)

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Difficult task for Magrat. Good job for friends?

Terry Pratchett weaves his usual "magic" and makes it hard to stop listening. You are engaged right from the start with a wealth of interesting and frequently unusual characters. This third book in this series is the first one I have listened to and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is full of humour and complications with nothing dull or ordinary to spoil your enjoyment.

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  • Katharin
  • 02-14-08

Possibly the best of the Witches series

Although Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels are long-time favourites, my favourite 'series' amongst them is undoubtedly the Witches. We first met Granny Weatherwax in Equal Rites, but the full introduction of his sisters three comes in Wyrd Sisters. However, this has got to be the absolute pick of the bunch, as Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and well-meaning 'wet hen' Magrat Garlick team up to do some rather unusual fairy godmothering - and manage to shed an altogether new and hilarious light on both fairy stories and travel in 'forn parts' along the way (Nanny's postcards home are priceless !). And Granny's headology is put to its most stringent test yet in an ending with a definite twist....... Nigel Planer's narration is an absolute joy, capturing all of the characters to perfection, in particular the interaction between Granny and Nanny. Excellent all round.

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  • Clare
  • 03-27-11

Once upon a time?

This has got to be one of the best Discworld books ever, and defiantly the best one involving everyone?s favourite witches. Taking fairytales we all know and dealing with the bits that never quite fitted. How do pigs build houses when all they have is trotters? How does chopping his way through some brambles and kissing a princess prove someone will make a good husband/king? And is there really such a thing as ?Happily Ever After?? Regardless of whether you are a long time fan or someone having their first Discworld outing, this story is guaranteed to delight and entertain.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Nina
  • 03-06-16

Witch is the best Terry Pratchett book?

Would you listen to Witches Abroad again? Why?

The twists in the story with references to fairy tales and three witches: Nanny Ogg, Granny Weatherwax and Magrat Garlic on their fairy god-mothering mission do not disappoint. This is one of the best Terry Prachett's books and I will get back to it again.

What other book might you compare Witches Abroad to, and why?

Terry Prachett's Discworld is a unique world and witches charachters have a special place in it. Their adventures take you into a new unpredictable journey with each chapter. Witches Abroad greatly contributes to other witches stories in Prachett's series.

Have you listened to any of Nigel Planer’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Terry Prachett's audio books wouldn't be the same without Nigel Planner's performance and I listened quite few of them now. It's a joy.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Witches Abroad - every story has to end...

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Lesley
  • 10-19-12

Enjoy a happy ending - even if it wasn't planned

This is a story about true nature of stories in their raw state: about the dubious pleasure of foreign travel with your friends and why dropping a house on a witch’s head is really not a good idea. This is a story about the real nature of cats and cats don’t get any more real than Greebo. Greebo with his roguish charm, handsome physic and feline guile who toys with vampires, seduces titled Ladies and fights for the honour of his owner, the glory of his kind and the sheer bloody Hell of it. Add a sprinkling of voodoo, a highly romantic dwarf and a couple of long held personal grudges and you soon come to realise that happy endings aren’t all they are cracked up to be. Oh and the bananas. Did I mention the bananas? Yes, drinks with bananas in.....Dearie, Dearie Me.



This is Terry Pratchett at his absolute best. It is a must listen when you are on holiday or alternatively a must listen for when you need a holiday but can only get away for a few hours.

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  • Jacqueline
  • 07-01-13

Love the Story, Shame about the Narration

What made the experience of listening to Witches Abroad the most enjoyable?

It's a really good story and, having only met the witches through the Tiffany Aching books was keen to see them earlier in their careers.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Witches Abroad?

Granny Weatherwax playing poker on the riverboat.

Would you be willing to try another one of Nigel Planer’s performances?

Absolutely not, my introduction to Discworld was through Stephen Briggs and his performances have set the standard for me. This narration was too slow and in places leaden and he managed to make the witches less sharp and more comic than they need to be.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh out loud

Any additional comments?

I am very biased here but if it was up to me I'd have Stephen Briggs record the whole of
The Discworld Series, any chance please someone?

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  • Sue
  • 12-05-13

Abroad is a strange country...I always knew it

What made the experience of listening to Witches Abroad the most enjoyable?

It was well read with the right intonation and speed.

What did you like best about this story?

It made me laugh out loud . A thing I seldom do as I usually chuckle quietly or silently.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

When the house fell on Nanny Ogg

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Oh yes.... I laughed a lot

Any additional comments?

If you have never read a Discworld book you don't know what you are missing. This strange and weird world is at the same time the one we know so well as we live on it and one so strange it cannot be real. The humour is often subtle but sometimes tear inducing , side achingly obvious. Granny Weathewax and Nanny Ogg are so well written that you feel you might meet them in your local supermarket.....ok pub in Nanny Ogg's case. At every turn there is a twist and yet every twist turns out to be such a natural progression you wonder why you didn't see it coming. Listen with pleasure and a box of tissues ready for those tear inducing laughter stretches. As this book all those thoughts and phobias we have ever had about "abroad" and " them foreigners" will just be reinforced when you join the 3 witches as they go "abroad " for the first time. It's worth listening to for Nanny Ogg's postcards home alone.

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  • Janine
  • 09-12-13

Pratchett for Prime Minister!

All his books are phenomenal, and this one is, too. Granny Weatherwax is one of his best characters.
Nigel Planer does a beautiful job but the actual recording quality is not as good as it should be.

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  • Steve
  • 10-06-14

Nigel Planer versions are not good

What did you like best about Witches Abroad? What did you like least?

The book itself is very, very good.The quality of the recording is very very poor. Read far too quickly and recorded with reverberation switched on. I can't listen to the book. Much prefer Tony Robinson to Nigel Planer.

What other book might you compare Witches Abroad to, and why?

All of T'Pratchetts work

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Nigel Planer?

Anyone that could do a better job... which leaves plenty of choice. (Sorry Nigel. but you spoil the book)

Was Witches Abroad worth the listening time?

No.. couldn't finish it.

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  • Suz
  • 06-26-18

terry at his finest

great book. Read it first as a child and revisited as an adult on audio. What a great book!! The witches and guard stories are my favourites so I'm sure I'll revisit this again on my walk to work or train travel.

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  • Mr GL Rayden
  • 05-27-18

Funny and spellbinding in more ways than one.

It keeps you going with humour and intrigue even the occasional shock. Laugh out loud moments throughout be prepared to get funny looks if you are walking in public!!

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  • Emma Fox
  • 02-19-17

recording was broken in places :(

which is more of a bad review of Audible than anything else. when I grow up I want to be Nanny Ogg. great story.

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  • Lyndel
  • 02-15-16

The Best Pratchett Book On Audible

This book is laugh til you cry funny. I've had to listen THREE times because each time I've laughed so much I've still missed more goodies. Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat will turn the world of fairy tales on their collective heads. Rural Myths and "what witching is all about" is not what you once thought at all. I wish I was listening for the first time! The whole family can listen, its a book of layers...adult humour is cleverly disguised so the children will love it too. Adult humour on the sophisticated side no mucky smut here!

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  • Laura Kingsley
  • 05-16-18

Superb story, with excellent narration<br />

For those who love Pratchett's Discworld, you're in for an absolute treat. Pratchett's theory that humans are not "homo sapiens" but rather "pan narrans" or people who are moved by, and view others and the world around them in terms of, stories is emphasised in "Witches Abroad," perhaps moreso than in other Discworld novels.
Certainly, the concept of "narrative causality", in other words the importance of stories and how they drive the actions of individuals - often unknowingly - is central to "Witches Abroad" where we see the three (3) witches that are most emphasised in the adult books of the Discworld - Mistress Esmeralda Weatherwax, 'Nanny' Gytha Ogg, and Magrat Garlick - embark upon a journey to reach the far-away city of Genua in order to locate Emberella (a version of Cinderella) who is being forced to marry a Duke by none other than Esme Weatherwax's sister, Lilly.
Lilly Weatherwax is not just a witch but also a fairy godmother who has always lusted for power at any price and insists on putting people - whether they like it or not - into stories, such as the story of 'Cinderella' in the case of Genua. No one has previously been able to effectively oppose let alone defeat her machinations. However, when Esme Weatherwax realises what her sister is up to she is determined to put a stop to it, and so she sets off to Genua, her furthest journey yet in the Discworld series.
Along the way to Genua, the three witches encounter many fascinating situations, most of which have been engineered by Lilly Weatherwax who has turned her hand to making well-known fairy tales come true. These include versions of 'Little Red Riding Hood' complete with the Wolf and the old grandmother, and that of the 'wicked' witch - with her red boots - from "The Wizard of Oz" who ends up having an entire house fall on her.
Pratchett's writing is, as usual, superb and there are many very funny, laugh-out-loud moments, coupled with the uncanny insight into and commentary upon human nature so typical of Pratchett's works and which is why his writing is so beloved. For anyone who particularly enjoys those Discworld novels in which witches, such as the indomitable Esmeralda Weatherwax, play major roles, "Witches Abroad" is an absolute treat.
The narrator, Nigel Planer, is eloquent and enjoyable to listen to. He has a gift for voicing the many diverse characters in the book and remaining consistent with the accents no matter how long since each individual appeared in the novel. This is rare indeed amongst narrators of any audiobooks, and it is an ideal match i.e. a gifted narrator to voice the genius that is Terry Pratchett's works, in this case the fourteenth (14th) book in the Discworld series.
In conclusion, this is an audiobook which is a fantastic, fascinating story by the genius that is Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, narrated with unsurpassed eloquence by the extremely gifted Nigel Planer; a truly wonderful combination. Whether you have read "Witches Abroad" before or are a newcomer to the Discworld series by - the late, great (Sir) - Terry Pratchett, this audiobook is an absolute treat, one that you'll want to hear multiple times, and a wonderful addition to your personal Library of audiobooks. Enjoy!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-12-18

loved it

love the story and Nigel planners narration. the recording is distorted in places and repeats sometimes