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The audiobook of Carpe Jugulum is narrated by Indira Varma (Game of Thrones; Luther; This Way Up). BAFTA and Golden Globe award-winning actor Bill Nighy (Love Actually; Pirates of the Caribbean; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) reads the footnotes, and Peter Serafinowicz (Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace; Shaun of the Dead) stars as the voice of Death. Steven Cree (Outlander; A Discovery of Witches) voices the Nac Mac Feegles. Featuring a new theme tune composed by James Hannigan.

''Carpe Jugulum,' read Agnes aloud. 'That's...well, Carpe Diem is Seize the Day, so this means -'

'Go for the throat....''

Vampires have come to Lancre, but they're not what you'd expect. Sure, they drink blood and view humans as dinner, but they're modern and sophisticated. They've got style and fancy waistcoats. And they're not a bit afraid of garlic.

The Magpyr family are out of the casket and want a bite of the future. But they haven't met the neighbours yet.

Between them and Lancre stand a coven of four - Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, Magrat and young Agnes - and they don't take kindly to murderous intruders....

Carpe Jugulum is the sixth book in the Witches series, but you can listen to the Discworld novels in any order.

The first book in the Discworld series – The Colour of Magic – was published in 1983. Some elements of the Discworld universe may reflect this.

©1998 Terry and Lyn Pratchett (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"An enduring, endearing presence in comic literature." (Guardian

"Incredibly funny...compulsively readable." (The Times

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Another genius Pratchett

Pratchett somehow outdid himself every time.
It's another 10/10 story in the amazing Witches Saga.

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  • Dean Teasdale
  • 05-01-22

Excellent 🙂

Indira Varma's take on Granny Weatherwax approached my own mental picture of her from an unexpected direction, but hits perfection nevertheless.

Overall an excellent production of one of my favourite books.

A few notes: It's Perd-I-ta.
This is why P-er-ditax is funny. (Yes that's a different book but, lets get it right.)

The guy who does the Nac Mac Feegle is excellent, but needs to understand the sources of some of their exclamations. 'There can be only one thousand!' is a joke based on Highlander, and should be spoken with the same emphasis as 'There can be only one!'
Also 'Verra comp-lic-ated documents.' isn't quite right :/

I reckon the Death of Rats should also be voiced by Peter Serafinowicz.

What his name who does the annotations sounds as though he's reading them in his sleep. Wake up and try harder.

These are just silly niggles though.

Isn't it a shame subtle text based jokes are lost? There's no way to put across the bit where the Count substitutes 'prey' for 'pray'.

Indira Varma is perfect though, can't fault any of her voices, spot on 🙂

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  • kezzy t aching
  • 05-12-22

Don't go spilling allegory down your shirt

A wonderful new recording of one of my favourite books.
There is a great YouTube video where the actors etc discuss the venture of retelling of these legendary tales.

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  • Kieran Murphy
  • 07-25-22

Indira Varma knocked it out of the park

Some of the other performances from these new releases seem a bit middling, but my god, Indira gave what is undoubtedly one of
my favourite audio book performances ever, and ensured I'll be binging all the Witches books as soon as I can!

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  • Lisa J C
  • 07-07-22

Just perfect

The narrator just gets better in these books. Her voices are absolutely perfect in my mind. I was very nervous about this because it's one of my favourites and previous narrators have ruined it, in my opinion. I needn't have worried, she's absolutely brilliant with it and the others in the Witches arc, and I can listen to them over and over. Bill Nighy sounds bored doing the footnotes.

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  • Simon Williams
  • 07-06-22

Spectacular

Just brilliant!!
I loved every word.
Indra Varma is an absolute genius! It's brought the books back to life.

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  • Cara Bull
  • 06-17-22

So Good!

I can't be too effusive about Indira Varma and her narration. I love her performance so much of this excellent book.

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  • VeeJayBee
  • 06-15-22

Wonderful

Indira Varma's narration of the Witches of Lancre books is great. She puts so much emotion and atmosphere into the stories, and her Granny Weatherwax voice in particular is spot on. Steven Cree's Feegles are even better than Stephen Briggs's (and I never thought I would say that!). Peter Serafinowicz as Death? Hilarious, and he has the timbre to carry it off. And Bill Nighy has all the dry humour necessary to convey the footnotes, which have long been one of my favourite parts of any Discworld novel

These new recordings, in general, are a perfect tribute to the late great Pterry's works, and well worth the price of an Audible credit even if you already have the Nigel Planer/Stephen Briggs versions.

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  • Sue
  • 06-10-22

Magnificent!

These new recordings of the great man's Witches books have been magnificent.
Indira Varma reads with such perfect timing, such beautiful cadence, I will always think of her as Esme Weatherwax.
Bill Nighy reading the footnotes was like having Terry back. His tone was perfect.
Peter Serafinowicz is so perfect as Death, that is all I can say. perfect!
And in this book, Steven Cree introduces us to the Nac Mac Feegles wonderfully. The first time they spoke I felt such glee! Just amazing.
Listening has taken me back to how I felt on first reading these books. I have laughed out loud, cried. These much, much loved characters walked off the page again.
I can't thank Penguin enough for the love and care that went into these re-recordings.
Onto Small Gods now, so well selected after this introduction to Om, and then I shall await the Rincewind books, already pre-ordered.
The anticipation I have for the Watch and the Death books cannot be expressed, but there is no longer any worry that they won't be done right.

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  • Raw Knee
  • 05-23-22

Beautifully read by Indira Varma

I enjoyed this immensely. A brilliant choice of reader. Her interpretation of the characters was excellent as well timing, pace and delivery of lines. I think I could listen to any book read by this reader.

The story I felt in places had a sort of uplifting quality. I selected this book because it was the next Pratchett and had no idea it would have such an interesting take on the subject matter. It was good to catch up with the witches again.

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  • iain
  • 05-13-22

A truly excellent telling of a brilliant story.

SO wonderfully done, so brilliant. Indira Varma is such an excellent narrator and brings the story to life so well. I am particulalry fond of her Nanny Ogg.
I thoroughly recommend this to any Pratchett fans.

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  • Isis Graywood
  • 06-30-22

Absolutely perfect

Amazing story with truly amazing narrators. I highly recommend this book! Everything you could ask for.

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  • Lindy
  • 06-20-22

Carpe Jugulum got me in the jugulum

Well crafty … er …crafted … journey into the unknown region of Ubervald where the modern uprising of the Vampyres is afoot. Granny, Nanny, Magrat and Agnes save the night with the help of Om’s servant, a newly anointed outreach minister, with a large boil on his face, who lands in Lancre. This is Terry Pratchett’s impeccably entertaining fourth sequel of the Witches saga. The narrator is the absolute cherry on the top, her individuation of the characters is brilliant. Being familiar with the characters from the earlier witches, though not essential, certainly made for a better “read”. Thank you !!

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  • Shane
  • 05-21-22

Very enjoyable

This was a very satisfying audiobook, with well paced and engaging narration , and very good character voices. All round pleasure!

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  • ngaire booth
  • 05-16-22

Sublime reading off a sublime story.

Indira Varma is brilliant in her telling of this wonderful tale. Pratchett's Witches have always been my favourites and this performance keeps them solidly at the top.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-12-22

Fantastic! So well done.

I was so delighted with Indira Varma’s characterisation of Granny: nerve wracking to see how someone will interpret a beloved favourite and Indira absolutely nailed it: wise and dry and cynical and humanist: perfect.