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
"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!
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.
"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.
"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.
"it's a great book!"
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
I thought this was let down by Celia Imrie's narration.
"A lovely Discworld story but the narrator spoils.."
I'm an avid Discworld reader and although Terry's genious never fails I feel the narrator quite spoils the book at times. Her portrayal of Granny Weathervax is screachy and hurts the ears frankly. I did enjoy parts of the narration though. Sadly there is no choice of narrators so the book is worth it even so.
"If broomsticks were cars, this one would be a....."
.... split screen Morris Minor..... Oh I loved this. So funny and clever and witty, and although I am Stephen Briggs's biggest fan, I really took to Celia Imrie. Excellent.
"Equality is Dangerous"
You don't have to be a Discworld fan to love this book. Males will feel that it goes too near the truth and females that it does not go far enough - that is if they can read it for laughter. If you live with someone, make sure they are not within earshot if you don't want to be constantly reading out extracts.
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