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In Wyrd Sisters, the enchanting world of Discworld is turned upside down by three meddling witches: Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick. Their interference in royal politics causes kingdoms to wobble, crowns to topple, knives to flash and citizens to shudder in fear. Terry Pratchett's vividly imaginative story takes you on a journey with hunchbacked monarchs, lost crowns, disguised heirs, refuelling broomsticks and frightening thunderstorms, as the three sisters battle the odds to restore the rightful king to the throne. 

This is the sixth book in the Discworld series.

Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.

(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1996; Copyright © Terry and Lyn Pratchett, 1988; Cover Illustration © Josh Kirby

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ouch.

docked points for two major flaws - clearly the reader is not familiar with Discworld and how it works.

first, the names: "Hwel" is not pronounced "Howell". I don't know how she worked that one out.

he's the most gifted playwright on the Discworld.

hwel - think of a posh British accent, especially with that bit of dialogue about the woman who was adding aitches to every word: it's "will" with an aspirated H at the beginning. as in Shakespeare.

magrat - it's not "m'grat". her mother couldn't spell "Margaret". pronounce with a thick upcountry accent: "Mah-gret"

the second is the voices - Nanny Ogg has fifteen children but she sounds like she's got one foot on Alzheimer's and the other on a banana peel. her voice should be full, robust, and leering. she's the kind of little old lady you'd see at a strip joint snapping the dancer's jock while downing a point. Jessica Lansbury on hormones.

Granny Weatherwax was close, but again, too old and querilous. she should sound more like a cross between Angelica Houston's "Morticia Addams" and professor Snape.

had the reader read more of the books, she'd know this.

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Awesome, but audio issues

Two different repeats where parts of the audio glitch back to earlier in the story

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Voices and pronunciation I didn't agree with.

Having read the book (which is one of my favorite books), I struggled with the voices and some of the pronunciation and didn't agree with them. However the reading/ narration sections were overall good.
The recording had lots of repeated sections doubling the length of it. Wondered why it was 14hrs long!

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READ the book, don’t listen to it

Horrible narration! I’ve read the book and love it like all of the Discworld novels, but the narration for this is almost unbearable. Nanny Ogg sounds like she’s older than Windle Poons - not like a jolly old lady. For some reason King Felmet has a lisp, which he doesn’t have in the written book. The thespians all sound like 7 year old boys. Magrat‘s voice is an incessant whine. The librarian’s Ook is more like a high pitched gibbon. And anytime someone laughs it sounds more like a scream.
For this Discworld novel I highly recommend READING the book rather than listening to the audiobook.

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Good story bad file

Both the story and performance is good, but there are chapters that repeat. Only a little annoying

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Hard to listen to

This recording was hard to follow because the narrator spoke much louder for the dialog than for the rest of the story telling. In order to hear her whispering through the chapters I had to have my device at almost max volume, then she would be shouting out a conversation and I'd have to crank it back down. The different character's voices were fairly well done and if the different volumes were adjusted it would be a much more enjoyable listen.

I'm listening to the Disc World stories in order of publication. After learning to expect the absurd this one felt like it could be in almost any magical fantasy series, not one where the rodents are as well dressed as the people and the luggage is a lead character. Sort of Terry Pratchett lite.

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I love the story and the reader. Unfortunately the chapters are in the wrong order.

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great book but chapters not in order

great story, witty and satirical as always. good reading. a couple of chapters are in duplicate so that for example the story ends in chapter 12 but there are a couple more chapters after that which are just duplicates of lesser sound quality. a but confusing...

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Just Read the printed version...

It will make more sense! The story is excellent and a must-read for Pratchett fans. Celia Imry is a wonderful reader. However, Audible has been quite careless in recording; the story is out of sequence. Very frustrating!

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Wyrd Indeed Sisters!!

Terry Pratchett was a writer for readers who read a lot and do a lot more than read! In Wyrd Sisters, he delivers references to the Marx Brothers, Charlie Chaplin, Laurel&Hardy; and a generous nod to the great bard William Shakespeare. I recognized the over laying reference to Macbeth, in Terry’s borrowing of "dagger of the mind", "out damned spot", the ghost of the dead King, the three witches and a play-within-a-play from Hamlet. He also borrowed "all the world's a stage" from As You Like It, and from King Lear, with Duke Felmet descending into madness in the company of his Fool. In addition, the company of actors includes playwright "Hwel", or "Will", and the company is building a theatre called "The Dysk" in Ankh-Morpork, calling to mind the Globe Theatre in London.
As with all of Terry Pratchetts work, it is brilliantly written, never talks down to the reader, and was a pleasure to have it ‘read to me’ by Celia Imrie.

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  • KMWD
  • 2012-03-10

Love Discworld but not the narrator

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would vastly prefer an unabridged version of this book read by Nigel Planer or Stephen Briggs.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Celia Imrie?

As stated; a version read by Nigel Planer or Stephen Briggs.

Any additional comments?

Mrs Imrie's voice does not agree with me at and actually ruined the listening experience for me. Although she really has a very nice voice I found her interpretation of most of the important characters ridiculous and irrating. One of my, normally favourite characters, Nanny Ogg now sounds like a stuttering, retarded drunk and the Duchess and Duke are sometimes very hard to understand. I am an avid TP fan and read (and re-read) all of his books. Also, I thoroughly enjoy listening to the audio versions of the books. They simply never tire. But this one, will remain on the shelf for a very long time, before I feel inclined to listen to it again. I would definitely buy an unabridged version read by Nigel or Stephen. Mrs Imrie's voice, I think, is better suited for a different kind of audiobook.

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  • Katy
  • 2011-08-15

Happy I gave it a chance, despite other reviews

I was a little worried after reading the other reviews here on Audible that found fault with the dramatization provided by the narrator and also one review that found fault with the audio quality itself. I am glad that I am a completist and gave it a try anyway. If you are familiar with the other witch-centric books narrated by Celia Imrie, you will not be surprised by the style of dramatization here. I found that it gave life to the book and greatly prefer this to a flat reading. The audio quality was just fine, too, with no static or background noises that I noticed. I am sad that some people might pass over listening to this book, based on the negative reviews here, since I think this is one of the best Discworld novels so far in the series in terms of plot and characters.

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  • Benjamin Brown
  • 2019-01-06

Glitchy

Love the book, love the performance, but I’m finding huge chunks of the book being repeated (I checked it wasn’t my phone or the app, the recording was still progressing with the time showing to indicated it hadn’t accidentally jumped back).

Very frustrating to find the spot to recommence without having to relisten to the whole thing!

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  • Torstein
  • 2019-01-02

Great book, well read, catastrophic editing

Large portions of the book are repeated several times in what can only be a major editing mistake. Thought I was having deja vu, or if it was some sort of story-telling move. Really incredible this hasn't been fixed.
Otherwise, the voice-actor does a good job, nice with a female voice in a Prachett book. Audio quality is spotty at times. Book is typical Pratchett quality, which is great.

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  • Jennifer M. Burke
  • 2014-04-24

Great Story but narrator not great

What did you love best about Wyrd Sisters?

A very original parody of Macbeth.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Celia Imrie?

Steven Briggs without a doubt.

Any additional comments?

Celia Imrie's male characters all sound about ten years old. Some of her character's voices are hard to understand because she tries to change the characteristics of her voice instead of using different accents. Her style of reading is better suited to children's books.

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  • Anèle Deysel
  • 2019-08-30

Noooo!

I am one of Terry’s biggest fans and love his audio books but can’t listen to this narrator a minute longer! Could only manage to listen to two hours max! It gets more annoying with every word she speaks! Hate to criticize narrators but she ruined this completely!!!

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  • Anna
  • 2012-11-12

This narrator has a good grip on Pratchett!

While others found the dramatisation of the narrator a bit over the top, I enjoyed it immensely. I was disappointed the rest of the witches series has not been narrated by Celia Imrie. The voices and very hard to verbalise phrases and humour were nicely balanced.

As for the story - if you're a Pratchett fan, you will love it. If you're not, you probably will be once you've listened to this story.

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  • Sarah
  • 2012-01-20

Fine story. Terrible narrator.

I'm a big fan of Terry Pratchett audiobooks - I think I have almost all of them from Audible now. But to be honest, I couldn't even finish this one. Celie Imrie is a fine actor, but I don't think she understands that the Discworld books are supposed to be funny, lighthearted and a little absurdist, even when they're dealing with 'darker' themes. She reads this as though it's a highly serious, somber, and utterly without humour. I never thought I'd say this about a Discworld novel, but listening to this was kind of depressing.

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  • Max Milne
  • 2019-04-07

Great story and narrator. Glitchy sound file.

Unfortunately the sound file was in one chunk, so it was hard to search through. There are two occasions where clips from earlier in the book appear out of nowhere.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2018-01-16

Truly awful audio book

Where does Wyrd Sisters rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

At the bottom of my list of audio books.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Wyrd Sisters?

none. This audio version was really terrible. I like the actor who is doing the narration but she knows nothing about the book or the characters or should would have never used the voices she did for the main people.

Would you be willing to try another one of Celia Imrie’s performances?

Never

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yeah. I was really sorry I bought the book and turned it off after 15 minutes. I hoped it would get better but it didn't.

Any additional comments?

Nigel Planer does a better job narrating the 'witches' than this woman or the woman who did the shortened version of this book. Read the book don't bother with the audio book.

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