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Publisher's Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

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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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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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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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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Granny Weatherwax at her best

The witches defeat the elves, shoe a unicorn and take over a swarm of bees.. Excellent story.

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Pratchett at his best

love love love Granny Weatherwax. Highly enjoyable performance that garnered several chuckles and a few out right gafaws.

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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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this one is sadder than most.

this is a melon colly story for everyone but ponder Stibbons nanny ogg and Cassanunder. ... and possibly king Varrance. we learn some sad truths and almost about everyone else and the nursery finally losses his fight for sanity.

it is a very good book and important for the characters of the discworld. we learn a lot about the history of the place and there is no happy ending. We don't even get to a solid answer as to whether the antagonists are really, "the bad guys," in the end but are assured that in the whole of the continuinuinium everything happens somewhere.

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best one yet!

A narrator has Eased into a wonderful sense of sense of the witches I love this book..

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brilliant

The superb reading of this book really enhances the wit and humour of this book. totally recommend it.

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  • 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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  • 07-27-22

Brilliant

Idrina Varma is fantastic. The voices are brilliant. Terry would be proud, he’d love it.

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  • Mark
  • 07-27-22

Simply sublime

Indira Varma is by far the best narrator/performer that I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. She brings this wonderful story to life within your imagination. Not often do I think an audiobook can trump the original written text but Indira’s wonderful characterisations just carry you along with the seamless production and exceptional score.

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  • Mr. T. M. Lazarus
  • 07-19-22

Great book, superbly read

If you've listened to Discworld audiobooks before, rest assured the current series being redone by Penguin is far and away the best. Indira Varma is perfect for the Witches books.

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  • Steven paxton
  • 07-18-22

fantastic

loved this new version of this fun book can't wait to get the rest

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  • 07-08-22

disappointing

I love Discworld and Pratchett's stories... normally. This particular one just seems to drag on with a poor story and weak puns. I had to force myself to listen just for the sake of finishing and being able to move onto the next (and hopefully better) book.

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  • Starbuck
  • 06-22-22

Enthralling....

I love Terry Pratchetts writing ever since I discovered the original Carpet People story in my school library way back in the 1970's.
Indira Varma narrated Equal Rites perfectly the ist of the Disc World Witches novels. She has a risen to the top of my favourite female voices in Audible. I am glad to see the following Discworld Witches books are also narrated by her.
The story of course is sublime Terry Pratchett.
The 2nd Discworld Witches novel beautifully again narrated by Indira. Pace, execution, perfect representation of Terry Pratchetts writing. What more could you ask for.
Now we have the 3rd Disc World Witches novel...... and the excellence of Indiras narration continues. I wonder if Indira is a Pratchett fan herself as She reads the story and voices the characters SO well. Each character is easily recognised, keeping you immersed, you do not get lost as with some narrators I have listened to.
Marvellous!.
The 4th Discworld Witches novel and Indira continues to enthrall me with Her perfomance. I am eager to listen to the next novels......

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  • Vintageviolet74
  • 06-19-22

A great new voice to tell a brilliant story

Really enjoyed this new version. The voices she’s used for the three witches is perfect. Her Magrat voice sounds exactly like Jodie Whittaker - I wonder if they’re friends? My only niggle was her pronunciation of the name of the royal falconer. Terry even explains the joke. It’s Hodges-aaaaaaggggggghhhhhh!

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  • Horace Hedgehog
  • 06-05-22

Excellent

Even better than Wyrd Sisters. Can we persuade the same team to do the Tiffany Aching stories?

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  • Sue
  • 05-26-22

Awesome!

Is Indira Varma any good as a Discworld narrator?
Nanny Ogg, singing in the bath.
I shall say no more. 💖

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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.

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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 👍