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Equal Rites

By: Terry Pratchett
Narrated by: Indira Varma,Peter Serafinowicz,Bill Nighy
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Publisher's Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

The audiobook of Equal Rites 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. Featuring a new theme tune composed by James Hannigan.

'They say that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it is not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.'

Everybody knows there's no such thing as a female wizard. So when the wizard Drum Billet accidentally passes on his staff of power to an eighth daughter of an eighth son, a girl called Eskarina (Esk, for short), the misogynistic world of wizardry wants nothing to do with her.

Thankfully Granny Weatherwax, the Discworld's most famous witch, has plenty of experience ignoring the status quo. With Granny's help, Esk sneaks her way into the magical Unseen University and befriends apprentice wizard Simon.

But power is unpredictable, and these bright young students soon find themselves in a whole new dimension of trouble. Let the battle of the sexes begin....

Equal Rites is the first 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.

©1987 Terry Pratchett (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"If you've never read a Discworld novel, what's the matter with you?" (Guardian)
 

"Pratchett uses his other world to hold up a distorting mirror to our own." (The Times)

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Such an Improvement!

Indira Varma brings the characters to life. Previous recordings of the witches serious, was to me like nails on chalkboards with a screechy man's voice applied to Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg (who isn't in this book, but still). The improvement is fabulous.
That said, there’s slight volume leveling issues in the first chapter of this book.

Peter Serafinowicz and Bill Nighy are of course perfect when they show up. To me Death has never been scary before, but wow, just wow!

Finally I'll admit the story is not my favorite Discworld novel. It's not bad, but it is mediocre. It doesn't unlock potential the way so many others do, as evidenced by the main character not showing up again for for 35 books (and then said book gets classified as part of the For Kids rather than as part of the Witches series).

If not a die hard fan, I suggest skipping to Wyrd Sisters. Indira Varma's narration will give that book the justice it has long been denied.

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Disappionted NO choice but the new version.

I really love Prachett's books, but this version is not working for me. I'm having trouble keeping track of who is speeking and sometimes whether or not it's the narator or the character. I find this group of narators keeps losing my attention and much of the comidic timing is gone. I wish I could still get the version with the original narator. I will hopefully get most of the other books befor they replace them with this group of narators. I would like to make a request that Audible doesn't remove the older versions in place of newer,

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Could not be happier with this performance!

I hung in to every word even though I've read it many times. Excellent job!!

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Not bad at all

However I take issue with criticism of Varma’s performance. I think she did a great job and has a fantastic voice. The story is fine, not his best but a crucial piece of discworld lore. If you don’t have an issue with a woman performing a story about women, and like Pratchett’s silly world, you should enjoy this.

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Great Storytelling!

Sir Terry Pratchett is a legend for a reason. He is a master of allusion, reference, comedy, world building, and characterization. This is a story far too important to be ignored.

This new production does a brilliant job of bringing the Discworld books to life!

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OK story but terrible narrator

The early Discworld novels were still finding their feet, and Equal Rites falls into this category. It's a meandering story that loses its point a little, but is still full of fantastic characters and Pratchett's signature brand of creativity and fun.

But where this really fell apart for me was in having Indira Varma as the narrator. I have been eagerly awaiting the re-release of all the Discworld audiobooks, but I was so so disappointed with this. Indira Varma does not, in any way, differentiate between the voices of all the different characters, or even the voices of the characters and the voice of the narrator. I was regularly unsure of whether it was a character or the narrator talking because she read them all in exactly the same way.

The key to a fantastic audiobook is finding a narrator who can give each character an individual voice, so you can tell who is talking without being told. Indira Varma's way of acting Esk was to say all of her lines in a flat monotone. It was so boring to listen to that I ended up speeding it up to double speed to get it over and done with. I will not be buying any of the other books narrated by her. I am so disappointed.

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Terry Pratchett in fine form! Great performance!

this is Terry Pratchett at his playful best. The narration is exceptionally good, This audiobook is highly recommended!

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Equal Rites -Of course I have to check out a new..

As a long long long time fan of Sir Terry Pratchett, I have listened to all previous performers, Nigel Planer and Stephen Briggs being my all time favorites and to fill those shoes.. nigh impossible..

Indira Warma is above and beyond! Her beautiful voice, crisp and clear, masters the storytelling, she has a very distinguished voice for all of the characters, delivers the dry wit of Sir Terry Pratchett to a T and is just.. perfect!

For Bill Nighy and Peter Serafinowicz I have to wait to comment on, they only "appear" once or twice and not enough for me to say anything other than.. I miss Master's Planer and Briggs footnotes and DEATH..

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Entirely wonderful

I love what BBC Audio is doing with the Discworld books. Excellent production quality, excellent choices about how to handle Death and the footnotes, largely excellent narrators. Indira Varma is my favorite so far, demonstrating consistency, range, and always a good voice. She's *outstanding* in the Witches series. She has smoothed over the uncomfortable bits of this early book, and brought everyone to vivid life. Very highly recommend this to old readers and new alike.

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One of the best books of Terry Pratchett

One of the best books of Terry Pratchett, the story is fascinating, jokes are top notch. The only issue, there is no continuation of the story. Really curious what happened to Esk later

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  • Mr. T. M. Lazarus
  • 05-08-22

Finally a narrator to match Pratchett's prose!

No disrespect to Baldrick or Neil off of the Young Ones but Indira Varma knocks their renditions into a cocked hat, really brings out the writing. If you're a Pterry fan wondering whether to give yet another audio rendition a go, fear not. This is wonderful.

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  • K Mich
  • 05-22-22

Gods, the new narration is good!

I've listened to the old Pratchett audiobooks, all of them, but none have done such a good job of capturing the intent and tone of the speech as well as these have!

I might buy all of the new ones as well at this rate. Certainly the Witches series, Indira is amazing!

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  • Mike Robinson
  • 05-17-22

Finally!

Discworld seems awfully difficult to get right on either audio or visual. This does.

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  • Kittyboo
  • 06-28-22

Love, love, loved!

My first time listening to a Terry Pratchett although read a lot of them when I was younger, absolutely loved this and loved the reader. Forgot how entertaining they are and have already downloaded The Wyrd Sisters and will definitely download or preorder the rest read by Indria Varma. Would recommend to anyone who loves a bit of magic.

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  • Sue
  • 04-30-22

Wonderful.

It's so nice to have this book done justice at last. Great narration.
Whoever had the idea of having Bill Nighy read the footnotes is a genius. Give them a rise.

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  • Mark Rowley
  • 06-24-22

The modern retelling are superior.

Like Wyrd Sisters, this is equally 'spell binding' with its brilliant plots, excellent presentation and just addictive.

Yet to hear a Disc World book that isn't just immense and these new readings are vastly superior to the already entertaining originals.

Very, very, very highly recommended.

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  • kate
  • 06-23-22

Excellent

Narrator was amazing. She carried it off which is seems hard to do with Pratchett. She read it aloud how I say it in my head, despite my internal narrator being male, how apt.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-11-22

Exceptionally well read

This is one of my favourite Terry Pratchet stories and I was glad that it was so well read by the reader. Amazing work and I will be getting more books where she is the reader.

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  • Carole Stone
  • 06-19-22

Wonderful

At last someone to do justice to the superlative Terry Pratchett Indira and crew are truly outstanding at bringing this magical book to life. I loved every second and couldn't recommend highly enough

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  • Francis M. Kelly
  • 05-16-22

loved it, but too short.

Getting lost in the Discworld and their characters . Onto the next book and more magical happenings.

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  • Carmen Macfarlane
  • 11-29-22

Indira Varma is phenomenal!

Terry Pratchett is always great. The star of this telling is Indira Varma's fabulous voice performance and narration. I loved it!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-01-22

my absolute favourite narrator yet!

honestly this story is great, you know its going to be its Terry Prachett, he doesn't put a foot wrong
But this Narrator, I don't think reading this book myself would have done it justice after how good the narrator is, Indira Varma should be the only narrator, of any book, ever.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-27-22

"Really really good" - Miss 8

Enjoyed by Miss 8 and Master 11, not our first Terry Pratchett discworld story, and will not be our last

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-06-22

Fantastic narration

Indira does a brilliant job narrating this book. Great story, very entertaining. Loved it all!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-06-22

Great story, excellent narrator.

This is a great iteration of this book. I found the narrator did an excellent job bringing the story to life.

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  • Catherine
  • 07-03-22

Brilliant narrator/s and story

Great fun, wonderful narrators. So good to have discworld getting newly recorded.... As great as Stephen briggs and Nigel Planer were.

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  • Lauren VS
  • 06-05-22

Fantastic tale

Excellent book by the great Sir Terry! Smart, witty and just plain fun. The updated narration is very well done too, Indira Varma is so talented with the voices.

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  • LW
  • 06-04-22

Love love love it

The story is brilliant of course, and the reading/performance by Indira Varma matches it. Love love love it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-26-22

Exceptional Wordsmithing

Terry Pratchett has the most amazing way with words, jamming unusual examples into perfect descriptions and driving them along the most wonderful and engaging of tales. You dive head first into a magical world you didn't even know you wanted to be in until you got there.

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  • Katia holland
  • 05-23-22

New narration brings it to life

Amazing fantastic
New narration, really brings the story to life
Highly recommend
A must listen if you love terry