(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1996; Copyright © Terry and Lyn Pratchett, 1988; Cover Illustration © Josh Kirby
Unfortunately I have to agree that Celia, whilst being a wonderful actress, isn't on par with Nigel Planer as a narrator of tp books. Secondly the sound quality of the recording is so poor I find myself straining to follow what is being said. All in all, not up to their usual standard.
I have to agree with the other reviewers I'm afraid. This was my first Terry Pratchett download and the first download I've ever given up on. The narration is as previously stated wooden snd just doesnt bring the much loved characters to life. The witches books are my favourite Pratchett series and this is a real let down. I had to stop listening half way through part one. I have already downloaded Witches abroad and hope it is lots better.
I wish I'd have read the reviews before I made this purchase! However being a big Discworld fan I didn't even bother and unfortunately the previous complaints are certainly justified! I wouldn't say it's poorly narrated just the wrong choice of narrator for Pratchett! From being a kid listening to my Discworld cassettes, I've got used to a male narrator and listening to this book just didn't feel like I was listening to a Discword book. Obviously a very personal issue, however I'd have thought for anyone who's listened to a number of his audiobooks will feel the same. I really struggled to get into it!
This is a good book spoiled and Ive read the book a number of times. I dont think its just the narrator. It sounds like it has been recorded by one narrator and other narrators have added different character voices but with bad editing. There are too many silences in the narrative, it doesnt flow so you loose the story line. It makes listening hard work. Not at all the quality I would expect after listening to other Discworld audio books. I would not recommend this audio book until it has been re-recorded. Bring back Nigel Planner or Tony Robinson please.
This must be one of the few Discworlds I have not listened to. In my head the voices are perfect from Planar and Briggs, even Robinson. Nanny Ogg does not sound right the way Celia Imrie voices them. Good story as ever but the voice characterisation jars.
Not sure whether Celia Imrie had read the book before narrating this - the voice of Nanny Ogg (meant to be a robust lady!) is a little querrulous, which is distracting when you have read her character traits in other books. Never mind - if you can get past that then this is a good listen.
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 aren't brilliant, including Sir Terry himself, but this book is a brilliant Pratchett take on Macbeth with a very witty ending and a brilliant introduction of many now loved characters. Anyone 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 have have previously heard the abridged version of the Wyrd sisters, narrated by Tony Robinson and enjoyed it emensely, so the thought of having an extra 6 hours of story in the unabridged version was very tempting .I have watched and enjoyed Celia Imrie's performances on TV and in film, so thought that with the range of characters she has potrayed she would be able to handle Pratchett without any bother. I was wrong, and this purchase has been a waste of money. Celia Imrie is quite frankly the worst narrator i have heard. She had no comprehension of the rythmn of Pratchetts writing, or how to convey the humour- jokes that previously made me laugh out loud when narrated by Tony robinson, fell flat, and her voices for nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax were just creepy. Avoid like the plague, I got so sad about the shocking narration that i stopped 15 minutes in. the book itself is a five star book, it's great,and laugh out loud hillarious. I gave this narration 1 star because of Celia Imire.
I tend to agree with the previous review (if not with quite the level of invective). The narration is wooden bordering on monotonous, especially when compared to that of Nigel Planer.
I am familiar with the television work of Celia Imrie and I admire it greatly. However, this is by no means her finest performance and my advice to fellow audible users is save yourself the money and buy something else (witches abroad is unabridged and a good old Pratchett romp too). Alternatively, if you don't mind abridged titles, this is read read by Nigel Planer with much more aplomb.
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