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Lords and Ladies

Narrated by: Nigel Planer
Series: Discworld: Witches, Book 4, Discworld, Book 14
Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
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Summary

On a hot midsummer night in Discworld, everything seems perfect - crop circles are turning up everywhere, the witch Magrat Garlick is getting married the next morning, and everyone's buzzing with excitement. Unfortunately, the Lancre All-Comers Morris Team has gotten drunk on a fairy mound, and the elves have returned with the traditional traits of the magical realm of Fairie: evil, malice, murder, cruelty, and kidnapping. Suddenly, Granny Weatherwax and her tiny coven of belligerent witches are faced with their biggest challenge as they try to pull off Magrat's wedding.
(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1996; Copyright © Terry and Lyn Pratchett, 1992

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Away with the fairies

This is one of my favourite Pratchett's and I've read it lots of times so pretty much know it off by heart. I really needed a "comfort listen" so thought I'd give it a go. Evil fairies, Midsummer Night's Dream, terrifying Morris dancing, beekeeping - it's all there and hilariously interpreted through the unique lens of Discworld logic.

Nigel Planer is fine but I prefer Stephen Briggs. I've known these characters for so long that I have strong personal ideas as to how they sound and Nigel Planer doesn't interpret them as I imagine. Obviously, that's not his fault but Granny Weatherwax sounds a bit too generic old lady for my taste.

In the unlikely event that you haven't read any Discworld books, my advice is that whilst it's not strictly necessary to read them in chronological order, you will get more out of them by reading the "sets" within the series in the order they appear as the characters develop with each book. So, this is part of the Witches sub-story which technically starts with Equal Rites but properly with Wyrd Sisters.

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Pratchett does it again

Another total success. Mr. Pratchett does it once more, I have never had a bad novel by this man, whether in print or audio format.

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A let down

This has long been one of my favourite TP books and I was looking forward to hearing it. I'd not heard Nigel Planer read one before. Unfortunately I didn't enjoy his style at all, it seemed as if he was reading it as fast as he could and sounded utterly miserable. I couldn't get any enjoyment out of this recording. A complete contrast to the lively Stephen Briggs efforts. Sad to say I switched off after an hour.

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Another Pratchett masterpiece!

The Discworld's witches have always been my favourite characters, this one, witches abroad, and Masquerade in particular.
Such a shame that the Disc and all its colourful characters have now been brought to a sudden end.
If I were to recommend any of the Discworld's books, these would be the three I would suggest! The character Magrat Garlic really comes into her own in this particular audiobook, no longer the 'sulky hippy' she has previously been portrayed as, though,I surmise, all stories need to have an ending, it is just a shame that in real life, it is not always as we wish the ending to be. The author will be, and is- sorely missed.

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Enjoyable

Another gem from Mr Pratchett. We see the wonderful witches of Lancre competing with the 'netherworld'. Nice touch of getting a rival witch wannabees involved. The usual humour along with an inventive theme keeps the reader enthralled from the beginning to the end. not only one to be read at mid-summer, but all year round.

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Discworld: Lords and Ladies

This is a great Pratchett novel, definitely up to his highest standards. The witches are definitely amongst his best and most entertaining characters. Pratchett's brand of quotable humour and distinctive characters suits the audio-book format perfectly. This has been one of my best Audible purchases.

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A completely biased review

I will be writing this review from a completely biased point of view since I love Sir Terry Pratchett's works. IT'S FANTASTIC!!!

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really good. one of my favourite stories.

narrator copes well with all the changes in regional accents. can tell when they start a new recording session as the background sounds changes. doesnt distract.

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Rushed

Did Nigel get paid to see how fast he could read this? Also, was this recorded on a wax disc?

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Lords and ladies

Another funny and entertaining book from a master. Nigel Plainer read it excellently most enjoyable.

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  • 03-02-10

so sad about the quality

TP is my alltime favorite Author. it is very sad, that audible cannot produce the title in a quality that dosent sound like is has been sampled with a 2-bit codec.

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  • gosia101
  • 30-10-18

One of his very best!!

Have listened over and over again! Pratchett and Planer are a perfect pair. I will listen again next week, I'm sure.

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  • Kim Bezuidenhout
  • 31-07-18

Most Enjoyable

Brilliant narration!! Nigel Planer made the characters come alive and even had my 9 year old enthralled.

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  • Stef
  • 06-05-18

The taming of the vole.

Quite a lot of romance in this one, not soppy though. A great story with lots of adventure.

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  • Martina Barnett
  • 13-05-16

Shakespeare as you've seldom heard him done

I love the story of Midsummer Nights Dream and have seen it done in many different ways. This is definitely one of the easiest to listen to without the benefit of actors :-)

Nigel Planer does a good job, but it's a shame about the recording being a little 'buzzy' in the background.

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  • Erin
  • 04-04-15

Gloriously funny!

If you need a laugh out loud funny tale then look no further. A great listen for any where and any time.

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  • Bonnie
  • 20-01-15

Love the book and it is read very well

I liked it so much so im listening to it for the tenth time now and i still find new things in the story

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  • Anna
  • 12-11-12

Some irkful inconsistencies.

70% of the enjoyment I get from an audiobook relies on the narrator being successful. I have found that Nigel Planer's narration of the discworld novels is not ideal. He tends to pronounce words differently each time he says them, and sometimes mixes up the voices assigned to characters!

Please, Nigel... it's "g-eye-tha Ogg, not "githa". I'm sure it is! ;)

The story, of course, is very much worth the listen, even despite the irksomeness!

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