• Witches Abroad

  • Discworld, Book 12
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Tony Robinson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (279 ratings)

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Witches Abroad

By: Terry Pratchett
Narrated by: Tony Robinson
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Publisher's Summary

"Things have to come to an end, see. That's how it works when you turn the world into stories. You should never have done that. You shouldn't treat people like they was characters, like they was things. But if you do, then you've got to know where the story ends."

That's the problem when you let real life get in the way of a good story. You shouldn't let it happen, especially when a good story involves three witches, including a fairy godmother, and travelling to a faraway land to make sure that a servant girl doesn't marry a prince. It looks as though a happy ending may be averted before catastrophe strikes. But unfortunately, the forces of good are up against a godmother who has made Destiny an offer it can't refuse.

©Terry and Lyn Pratchett; (P)Corgi Audio

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"[Pratchett's] comic footnotes are still glorious." (The Times)

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Abridged, bad sound quality

Not a huge fan of the narration, but I could have lived with it had the sound quality been better. At times, Robinson's voice is so quiet that I would turn up the volume to make out words, then be deafened a moment later when a different character spoke.

When I started listening to Discworld books, I didn't know the narrators so I bought based on where I was in the se Either when I purchased this it didn't say it was abridged or it still doesn't say that. But it is abridged, big time. It is so abridged that large sections of the plot make no sense at all.

Save your money or credit and buy the OTHER version of this title, narrated by Nigel Planer. You'll get the whole story and a much better listening experience.

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Great story, terrible sound editing

The performance switched abruptly between practically whispered exposition and shouted dialogue from the witches. While Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg are indeed assertive women, the result of this sudden, and repeated, volume change is jarring. Really difficult to listen to. Of smaller note, the narrator pronounced practically every name differently than how at least three other narrators have pronounced them. Not the worst of crimes but certainly serves to remove one from the story

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abridged

Abridged. A full length one by Nigel Planer exists but now has regional license exclusions. So disappointing. I want a refund.

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Wonderful book but the audio had a huge variance. At times some of the conversations where half whispered and half shouted and I kept having to adjust the volume and at times the only option really was just dealing with the loud bits of the conversations so I didn’t miss things.

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good story, poor audio

It is a fun story, but it is recorded at a ridiculously quiet level. at times you can barely hear it

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Can’t stand his voice

He talks through his nose. He also thinks witch’s need to sounds like they can’t speak properly. They sound like Donald Duck. I love terry Pratchett and his stories but this guy just messes it all up. I can’t stand his voice. I’m so glad he doesn’t do all the books. I will not be buying another with this guy tony narrating.

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Volume issues & abriged

It really sucks that Audible cannot get the Discworld novels unabridged. I got this hoping I wouldn’t be able to tell that large portions of the story are missing - but it’s just not the case. It feels disjointed and jumpy. Additionally in the second half of the book, the reader varies his volume so much you have to crank it up to hear his whispering and than rush to lower it as he’s screaming in your ear. They’ve also changed Deaths voice from a boom to a whisper and it’s awful.

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Yes, I really enjoyed

Yea, I really enjoyed this recording. Great characters. Great word play. Great performance by the voice talent.

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Too much amiss

I bought this book because I love it, I had read it many times. Disappointed. A lot of funny stuff just wasn't there!

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mistake buying this version

dont get this version, there is no reason to skip the full book. The book is amazing.

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  • Tim S.
  • 06-09-20

Abridged version

Great story telling, but not the full version. I'd go for the full version if I could.

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  • Louise
  • 03-01-19

Tony Robinson at his best!!

Tony Robinson at his best!! as always. I've read almost all of his books throughout my years of reading and it's brilliantly read. Tony keeps you entertained with all the different voices, that really bring the story to life. Well worth it!

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  • David peacock
  • 12-26-21

Always excellent

loved it excellent story
Tony Robinson is an accomplished
narrator.
always loved Terry Pratchett

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  • Margaret McDonald
  • 08-15-21

Terry Pratchett

Loved it. Love all discworld and other books by Terry Pratchett. Fantastic author. SADLY MISSED R.I.P

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  • Aimee
  • 09-07-14

Whitty, Entertaining, Outstanding

Where does Witches Abroad rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Funny, laugh on the edge of your seat

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nanny Ogg, Tony Robinson really catching the essence of the character

What about Tony Robinson’s performance did you like?

His comical voice and the portayal of the characters

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, would definitely recommennd

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  • Thomas Taylor
  • 09-21-22

Sound problems - can’t hear half the things narrator says

Have to constantly adjust the volume and then get deafened as narrator moves closer to the mic and strain to hear as he moves away... Enjoyed what I heard.

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  • Christian
  • 09-22-21

Great book

one of my favourite book love every minute of it really fun book to listen

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-07-19

sound levels change

loved the book, but when Tony would lower his voice, which happened a lot, I had to keep hiring to sound to hear what he said, otherwise it was inaudible, then lower it when he got louder, as it would then be way too loud, very annoying. listening on a phone.

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  • bellyanna
  • 12-09-18

marvellous!

Funny, entertaining and clever. The Witches are my favourite discworld characters. Tony Robinson does a great job narrating.

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  • Ms. AC Hodges
  • 04-12-18

ABRIDGED!

It should say clearly that this is an abridged version. I found it confusing to follow and lacking Terry Pratchett's natural rhythm of the story. Wish I could ask Audible to swap it to the unabridged version!
No issues with Terry's work or Tony's reading.

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  • steve davis
  • 10-21-22

witches

its a really good book once you get into it you can't stop listening

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  • Adam Bush
  • 05-09-21

Terry explores the power of stories.

I love this series and particularly the Discworld books with the witches in them. These feisty ladies are headstrong and full of good natured mischief. This book is very well narrated and a lot of fun, I laughed aloud when Nanny Og's suitor made a comment about others joining their relationship.