Terry Pratchett's third Discworld novel, Equal Rites, asks many provocative questions about magic, where it goes, where it comes from, and why.
(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1995; Copyright © Terry Pratchett, 1987; Cover Illustration © Josh Kirby
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!
I love the story!
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.
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.
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.
Clever, witty, droll
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.
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."
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.
Granted, Celia Imrie wasn't the best of choices but it would be hard to compare here to other narrators as all the other Pratchett book narrators have been men
I enjoyed the change and like her reading of this and the other Pratchett book she did (Equal Rites)
I think it's unfair to rate the book only on the narrator, the book is brilliant, many people say that Pratchett's earlier books arn't brilliant, including Sir Terry himself, but this book is a brilliant Pratchett take on Macbeth with a very witty ending and I brilliant introduction of many now loved characters
Any one who loves the Discworld or Pratchett books in general or even just of the witches books will love this book even if they don't like the narrators way of reading it
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.
Another good book in the series. Well-performed and entertaining as we come to expect from Terry Pratchett
"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.
"Stay away! The audio quality is horrid!"
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!
"Reader not right"
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.
"Awesome! Shame about the recording quality."
Brilliant, badly recorded.
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.
Her voices, timing, and humour are outstanding. She's a favourite actor, and now a favourite narrator.
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.
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.
"Recording has faults"
Great vocal performance of Granny Weatherwax.
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.
"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.
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!
"Hilarious, as always"
What a great writer. This is read well and very entertaining.
"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.
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