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Witches Abroad

Discworld, Book 12
Narrated by: Tony Robinson
Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (120 ratings)

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"Things have to come to an end, see. That's how it works when you turn the world into stories. You should never have done that. You shouldn't treat people like they was characters, like they was things. But if you do, then you've got to know where the story ends."

That's the problem when you let real life get in the way of a good story. You shouldn't let it happen, especially when a good story involves three witches, including a fairy godmother, and travelling to a faraway land to make sure that a servant girl doesn't marry a prince. It looks as though a happy ending may be averted before catastrophe strikes. But unfortunately, the forces of good are up against a godmother who has made Destiny an offer it can't refuse.

©Terry and Lyn Pratchett; (P)Corgi Audio

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Abridged, bad sound quality

Not a huge fan of the narration, but I could have lived with it had the sound quality been better. At times, Robinson's voice is so quiet that I would turn up the volume to make out words, then be deafened a moment later when a different character spoke.

When I started listening to Discworld books, I didn't know the narrators so I bought based on where I was in the se Either when I purchased this it didn't say it was abridged or it still doesn't say that. But it is abridged, big time. It is so abridged that large sections of the plot make no sense at all.

Save your money or credit and buy the OTHER version of this title, narrated by Nigel Planer. You'll get the whole story and a much better listening experience.

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Great story, terrible sound editing

The performance switched abruptly between practically whispered exposition and shouted dialogue from the witches. While Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg are indeed assertive women, the result of this sudden, and repeated, volume change is jarring. Really difficult to listen to. Of smaller note, the narrator pronounced practically every name differently than how at least three other narrators have pronounced them. Not the worst of crimes but certainly serves to remove one from the story

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mistake buying this version

dont get this version, there is no reason to skip the full book. The book is amazing.

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Wonderful book but the audio had a huge variance. At times some of the conversations where half whispered and half shouted and I kept having to adjust the volume and at times the only option really was just dealing with the loud bits of the conversations so I didn’t miss things.

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Narrator is unbearable

I love the discworld books, but the narrator of this one is awful. His voices for the witches are irritating and load, and the narration is too quiet by comparison. So your options are to blow your ears out to hear the narration or only hear when the witches talk.

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good story, poor audio

It is a fun story, but it is recorded at a ridiculously quiet level. at times you can barely hear it

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Always a fan of Terry Pratchett

Short but sweet story. The only reason it's not 5 stars is that the volume on this reading isn't balanced. I had to turn my volume all the way up to barely hear the whispering parts and then they'd start screaming and my ears would figuratively bleed. But otherwise a great performance and a fun book.

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Audio quality is poor

It is very hard to enjoy the story when you have to constantly turn the volume up and down. Half the parts were inaudible unless you turned it way up. When you turn it up to listen to those parts, your eardrums get blown out. The voices for the characters were enjoyable despite the terrible audio quality.

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  • Meri
  • WA state
  • 02-02-16

Why can't Robinson read all the books?

The unabridged is better story-wise, but if you've once read it, this is very entertaining. Laughed out loud frequently.

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Vintage Terry Pratchett!

Lots of unexpectedly plot references to current society. Made a long drive go by in a flash!

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  • Louise
  • 03-01-19

Tony Robinson at his best!!

Tony Robinson at his best!! as always. I've read almost all of his books throughout my years of reading and it's brilliantly read. Tony keeps you entertained with all the different voices, that really bring the story to life. Well worth it!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-07-19

sound levels change

loved the book, but when Tony would lower his voice, which happened a lot, I had to keep hiring to sound to hear what he said, otherwise it was inaudible, then lower it when he got louder, as it would then be way too loud, very annoying. listening on a phone.

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  • bellyanna
  • 12-09-18

marvellous!

Funny, entertaining and clever. The Witches are my favourite discworld characters. Tony Robinson does a great job narrating.

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  • Ms. AC Hodges
  • 04-12-18

ABRIDGED!

It should say clearly that this is an abridged version. I found it confusing to follow and lacking Terry Pratchett's natural rhythm of the story. Wish I could ask Audible to swap it to the unabridged version!
No issues with Terry's work or Tony's reading.

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  • martin
  • 01-16-18

always a joy

always a joy to listen to a Terry Pratchett gem and once again be transported to Disvworld

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  • Aimee
  • 09-07-14

Whitty, Entertaining, Outstanding

Where does Witches Abroad rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Funny, laugh on the edge of your seat

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nanny Ogg, Tony Robinson really catching the essence of the character

What about Tony Robinson’s performance did you like?

His comical voice and the portayal of the characters

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, would definitely recommennd

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  • KM
  • 07-26-07

Fantastic

Really enjoyable,witty and fun just love those wyrd sisters.