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4.0 out of 5 stars Abridged Too Far...., 17 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Equal Rites: (Discworld Novel 3) (Discworld Novels) (Audio CD)
Note THIS IS A REVIEW of the AUDIO version Read by Tony Robinson.

Tony Robinson is brilliant.
For me he is the voice of all the abridged versions of Terry Prachett's books.

The simple reason is that he conveys the character and situations so well.
When you listen to Tony as Granny Weatherwax it is the voice of Granny we hear and so on.

Tony has of course been blessed with the wonderful task of reading the brilliant Prachett Disc World Books.

Now I read and listened to this book years ago and as a treat listened to it again.

Time of course does funny things but although I know the book is abridged it seemed to miss out huge chunks of the novel.
Whereas in some books this is fine because there is a lot of waffle with Pratchett's books this is not the case.
Every page has equal merit to borrow part of the book's title.

Equal rights really is a good book.
The story evolves around Granny Weatherwax a witch.
Witches in the Disc World have the secondary task of being midwifes.
(or midwives?)
The local blacksmith is the eighth son and his wife is expecting their eighth child.
8 is the magical number in this world and a wizzard is led by his staff to the birth so he can A. Die and B. Pass on his staff of magic to this 8th son.

BUT that is the trouble for the child is a girl.
And Wizzards cannot be girls or can they?

I think that although the book is excellent and Robinson's reading is brilliant the book has been abridged too much and too much good stuff has been left out.
At just 3 discs long this is far too short. I recall that Going Postal had the luxuary of 5?

Now before 100s of Terry fans give me a neg for daring to give only 4 stars.
Just think.
What I am in essence saying is that too much of the genius writing of Terry Prachett has been left out of this book and I think we all would agreethat including more of Practchett's wonderful book in the telling would be better?

This is a case of abridged too Far to borrow a quote.

Maybe I should reread the book?
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