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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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    Margit WOLFSBERG, Austria 19/03/2012
    Margit WOLFSBERG, Austria 19/03/2012 Member Since 2015
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    "Bad quality!"

    I love the story!

    But
    AUDIBLE
    what have you done with the audio??

    If I buy the old original cassettes or the cd version the quality is perfect regardless of the age of this record.

    Your download quality is overpriced and ridiculous bad!!


    Better buy cds or cassettes via Amazon than using this Audible download!

    5 stars for book and plot, 0 stars for the audio quality.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Viv 05/10/2010
    Viv 05/10/2010 Member Since 2007
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    "Pratchett Wins again"

    My third Terry Pratchett book and another enjoyable experience. I was almost put off buying this by readers comments - especially concerning the narration. However it was all excellent, well paced, amusing and clear. Well worth the money.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon reader 30/05/2014
    Amazon reader 30/05/2014 Member Since 2016
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    "Pleasantly surprised"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The Discworld series improves in Equal Rites as the world is fleshed out and the plot depth increases - I found the Colour of Magic to be an unengaging, if funny enough, series of unconnected escapades; The Light Fantastic to be better, and this to be better still.


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

    It might have been, although circumstances prevented it. I have listened/read to TP in one sitting before.


    Any additional comments?

    I was pleasantly surprised by the Celia Imrie's narrating, especially after a plethora of negative reviews. I was worried at first but found her voice to be pleasant, and especially appropriate in this story, dominated as it is by female characters. Without two narrators one will always struggle here; while I am better used to Nigel Planer's reading, and enjoy it, I was not disappointed by Celia Imrie's. I would, however, advise readers considering purchasing this book to listen to the preview, and decide whether they wish for this voice, as it is a departure from the majority male narration in the series.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Soren ASHBOURNE, United Kingdom 02/07/2011
    Soren ASHBOURNE, United Kingdom 02/07/2011 Member Since 2012
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    "Good book, poor quality"

    I enjoyed the book but like others here wasn't convinced by C.I. as a reader. My main complaint though is the RUBBISH quality of the download itself. Maybe it's just me but this had the squelching distortion of a very low bit rate download. I hope all Audible books aren't plagued by the same or I'll be going elsewhere!

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Collings North Yorkshire, England 24/12/2013
    Andrew Collings North Yorkshire, England 24/12/2013
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    "Great book, dodgy audio"
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    I think Celia Imrie made a great narrator for this book - she really gets the female voices down pat. The male voices are not quite so good, but at least she dodnt descend to the silly, squeaky voices that are the stock-in-trade of so many voice artists.

    The main issue is the varying audio quality - did they record some sections with a knitted microphone? it was so muffled I couldn't make it out sometimes. Great book if you can live with the patchy sound

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ms. 17/03/2014
    Ms. 17/03/2014

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    "Brilliant!"
    What did you like most about Equal Rites?

    This is early Pratchett, fascinating. It is, I think, the first time we meet Granny Weatherwax and the book is the first glimpse of the witches on the Discworld. The story centres on Eskarina Smith as a baby and young girl who is destined to become witch and the Disk's first and only female wizard. She will appear again, this time in later life in I Shall Wear Midnight, the latest book about the witches at time of writing this review. Celia Imrie reads this book to perfection. Her performance and voice are subtly modulated. I was really sad when we came to the end.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jaci Littlewood 28/12/2013

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    "Fabulous"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Equal Rites to be better than the print version?

    No as good, but not far off


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its the first outing for Granny Weatherwax. Go


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

    Made me Laugh Outloud


    Any additional comments?

    Good Narration

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Pijnacker, Netherlands 07/06/2012
    Paul Pijnacker, Netherlands 07/06/2012 Member Since 2016
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    "Narration not suited to the story"

    While the narration was performed by someone who obviously has gobs of talent as an actress, it seemed to be at odds with the humour. The story centres on two female characters, so Celia Imrie made sense, but it felt as if I was listening to a children's story book. Pratchett's humour has a certain sharp edge to it and I found Celia's voice too soft to deliver the jokes effectively.

    A talented narrator and a talented writer, but I don't think they work well together.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs. REP Midlands, UK. 24/12/2007
    Mrs. REP Midlands, UK. 24/12/2007 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointing!"

    I thought this was let down by Celia Imrie's narration.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs 13/09/2013
    Mrs 13/09/2013
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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
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  • Ryan
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    24/07/12
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    "Entertaining!"

    Another good book in the series. Well-performed and entertaining as we come to expect from Terry Pratchett

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hugh
    12/09/09
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    "A great voice for street mime..."

    A poor poor poor representation of a remarkable Authors work. A brilliant, witty and entertaining edition from disc-world reluctantly, sorrowfully, painfully dragged down the blackboard of DEATH's niece with the DEATH OF RATS digging in its wee claws for maximum effect. The narrator presents with horrible attempts at character voices, sometimes bordering on unintelligible. Close to mono-tonish, with out actually qualifying AS mono-tone, alas even failing to successfully fail at that... an insomniacs biggest fantasy, was only the words of the story that kept me interested. 3 star average rating, 5 for story, 1 for narration. Sincere apologies to any and all that disagree.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • IrekKsiazek
    20/09/16
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    "not the best"

    One of the less wonderful discworld novels and reading it like children story definetly doesn't help.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Taoko
    17/06/16
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    "It's okay"

    I loved the narrator. I love the Discworld stories. This one started our okay but I lost interest pretty quickly and the ending felt very rushed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul Sebastian Ziegler
    27/07/15
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    "Good"

    Good recording.
    Good sorry too. It goes a bit stale toward the middle, but picks up again after a bit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Philipp
    London, United Kingdom
    23/03/14
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    "Stay away! The audio quality is horrid!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I absolutely love Terry Pratchett and was excited to hear this book. I can't judge it really other than to say I could not listen for more than 5 minutes.

    The audio quality is so incredibly bad (worse than anything I have ever experienced on audible) that I could not continue to listen.

    So if you value your ears, stay away!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

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    What didn’t you like about Celia Imrie’s performance?

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    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Equal Rites?

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    Any additional comments?

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    02/12/13
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    "Reader not right"
    Would you listen to Equal Rites again? Why?

    Reader has a pleasant voice BUT is just SO NOT right for Discworld. Her interpretation of Granny Weatherwax just doesn't fit the character. Very disappointing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • milla
    Napier, New Zealand
    09/04/13
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    "Awesome! Shame about the recording quality."
    If you could sum up Equal Rites in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant, badly recorded.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Equal Rites?

    To avoid spoilers I'll be obscure: My standout moment is when Granny talks to the apple tree. Close second is her composure of a letter to UU.


    What does Celia Imrie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voices, timing, and humour are outstanding. She's a favourite actor, and now a favourite narrator.


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

    Laugh and cringe. I've noticed that all the earlier TP books sound as though they have been transferred from audio tape. The quality is a bit crap.


    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful book read by a wonderful actor, to great effect. I wish Audible would run it through a few filters to try and clean it up so it's more enjoyable through headphones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anthony
    Keperra, Australia
    09/03/13
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    "Recording has faults"
    What does Celia Imrie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great vocal performance of Granny Weatherwax.


    Any additional comments?

    Every now and then in the recording the readers voice echoes heavily and at stages the recording skips paragraphs mid sentence. If there is another recording I would select that instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jason
    Grovedale, Alberta, Canada
    12/10/10
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    "Good book, not great audio"

    As with my review of Wyrd Sisters, Celia has a voice that just doesn't agree with me. It's quite and vaguely muffled which makes it very difficult to understand when outside noise is present. I would vastly prefer a version done by Nigel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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