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Lords and Ladies

By: Terry Pratchett
Narrated by: Indira Varma,Peter Serafinowicz,Bill Nighy
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The audiobook of Lords and Ladies 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.

'People didn't seem to be able to remember what it was like with the elves around. Life was certainly more interesting then, but usually because it was shorter. And it was more colourful, if you liked the colour of blood....'

On Midsummer Night, dreams are especially powerful. So powerful, in fact, that they can cause the walls between realities to come crashing down. And some things you really don't want to break through.

The witches Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick return home to discover that elves have invaded Lancre. And even in a world of wizards, trolls, dwarfs, Morris dancers - and the odd orangutan - they're spectacularly nasty creatures.

The fairies are back - and this time they don't just want your teeth....

Lords and Ladies is the fourth 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.

©1992 Terry and Lyn Pratchett (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"His spectacular inventiveness makes the Discworld series one of the perennial joys of modern fiction." (Mail on Sunday

"Cracking dialogue, compelling illogic and unchained whimsy." (The Sunday Times

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Fabulous narration, brilliant story

I absolutely adore Indira Varma’s narration - the voices she gives to different characters are so fantastic it really brings multiple added layers of joy to listening to this wonderful Terry Pratchett story. After listening to the first book that she narrated of the witches series I got completely addicted and downloaded all the other ones, also love of course the voices of death and the footnotes. We’ll work downloading

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A Weatherwax fan must read!

A wonderful tale about Pratchetts 3 witch trifecta of Weatherwax, Ogg and Garlick. We learn so much.
In particular the story provides backstory and insight into Granny Weatherwax. The narration is simply wonderful. Even with so many female characters Indira Varma nails easily identifiable voice for each. Varmas performance is completely committed. Perfection!

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Terrifying… narration

I purchased this recording because -inexplicably- the Nigel Planer recording of this title isn’t available on Audible. These new recordings have stripped all of the Pythonesque charm from these fantastic stories.

Audible, please -whatever you do- don’t remove the Planer recordings from your library!!! Planer’s masterful recordings are a treasure.

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Why oh why

I love Terry Pratchett and have listened to his audiobooks over and over again. So when I heard they were being recorded, I was intrigued.

Sadly I can’t get past how badly the footnotes are handled. The pause, music note, dry reading of the footnote, music note, and pause. Take you completely out of the story. The original recordings just included the footnotes as part of the narrative which made them much more fun.

That being said, I love Indira Varma reading the witches books.

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Great reading

Indira Varma with Bill Nye and Peter Serafinowicz is a perfect match.
Love Indiras voices for all the characters. Really brings Pratchetts story to life

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delightful

not sure why so many reviews say it’s not one of the best discworld books- i certainly think it is! and this version of it, with this narrator is magical. you’re truly transported. just wonderful.

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Best. Reader. Ever.

I've been a Pratchett fan for years and have enjoyed previous audiobooks. However, Indira Varma is just phenomenal. Her character performance is not only specific and easily recognizable, but are so completely perfect for each one, particularly Granny Weatherwax. She came to life, exactly as I imagined. Wonderful, wonderful production!

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yippee

all of my future credits are going towards the new Pratchett audibles❤️yippee for me.

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Great performance

Several reviews have complained about the breaks for the footnotes. These happen to be my favorite feature of the new performances. I find the footnotes entering when I read discworld. I didn’t know until now how much I missed them in audio form.

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Great performance, great story

As a long-time Terry Pratchett fan, trusting anyone to do a proper Granny Weatherwax or Nanny Og is hard, but Indira Varma nails it on all accounts!

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  • Jam
  • 05-30-22

Old time favourite

I absolutely love the new production! Indira is an incredible narrator and bought a new joy to the books!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-01-22

Great listen!

I have always loved Terry Pratchett's Discworld books, and the witches were always my favourite. Indira Varma dues the voices to perfection. I have listened to this 3 times and think it does the books justice.

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  • 09-01-22

Indira Varma is amazing

Always the weakest of the witches books for me, I still enjoyed reading it but Varma has brought a new life to it for me. Halfway through the witches books now and I've loved every minute. Serafinowicz and Nighy are a brilliant supporting cast and I really dont understand the criticism of the footnotes that other listeners are making. The slight pause and musical note are the perfect way to represent the move of the eyes from the part you're reading to the footnote and back.

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  • darren evans
  • 11-17-22

Witch witch will a witch be

Really loving Indira Varma’s narration. I doubt I will ever be able to see anyone else as Granny Weatherwax now😁

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  • T Everett
  • 11-16-22

Great

I loved this book. I was worried I might not get on with it because I love elves and they’re not the good guys in Discworld! But honestly, it was very entertaining.
Indira Varma is an excellent narrator, I wish she narrated all the Pratchett books.
Highly recommended.

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  • David
  • 11-05-22

Musical cues = brilliant idea

I realise I'm probably in the minority here, but I think the addition of the musical cues to represent Pratchett's footnotes is a brilliant addition to this audiobook.

As I grew up with the Tony Robinson abridged versions of the stories, my expectations were not the highest - no harm to Robinson himself, but I always found that they left too much out and preferred the actual physical copies of the novels. Indira, however, was a revelation on just what a good narrator (of a very good story) could bring to the table, as it were - I may hunt out more of these by her. I can't compare, however, to any of the other narrators in the new releases as, well, I haven't listened to them yet!

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  • UncleSi
  • 11-03-22

great stuff

good good good did i mention good because it was good good good and good

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  • M. Cowdy
  • 10-22-22

So glad I downloaded it

I love Terry Pratchett, but I've always read the books myself. Now that I struggle to do this I dreaded listening to someone else read it but I was so pleasantly surprised! Especially bringing in Peter to read death and the other nuances of the reading.
Glad I knew why Bill kept interrupting, but felt a bit too much of a separation for some reason.

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  • Paul T
  • 10-13-22

Simply Excellent

Just love the story, the characters and the teller. Long live Weatherwax and Ogg.

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  • Michael and Jane Bochenski
  • 09-30-22

So good.

The blend of Pratchett and Varma works superbly. The characters, humour and narrative arc all leap from the page / mp3 player memorably. So good.

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  • Megs
  • 05-06-22

great narration

Great narration by Indira Varma. Totally brought the characters to life. A good Terry Pratchett novel 👍

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-05-22

Lancre is pronounced correctly!

This is the second audio version of this book I have bought and I love it - place names are pronounced correctly and it's nice hearing a Witches book narrated by a woman.
The story is great obviously, and the narration just MAKES it!

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  • Amber-Claire
  • 05-11-22

Awesome!

Storyline, characters, vocabulary and possibly the best narration EVER! These books have me enthralled! Such a fun series, I’m really enjoying them.