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Publisher's Summary

What could be easier than preventing a servant girl from marrying a prince, especially for three clever witches? But Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick face more than they bargained for when they journey to the distant city of Genua. 

For one thing, their power is limited to Mrs. Gogol's weak voodoo spells, a one-eyed cat and a secondhand magic wand that works only on pumpkins. 

Furthermore, the Godmother has made Destiny an offer it can't refuse. Does a servant girls have to marry the prince? Is that what life's all about? 

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

©1991 Terry and Lyn Pratchett (P)1996 ISIS Publishing Ltd

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recording was broken in places :(

which is more of a bad review of Audible than anything else. when I grow up I want to be Nanny Ogg. great story.

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I adore the Witches

Love this book however the audio is not always good. There are skips in commentary so as you miss some comversation.

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needed female narrator

great book but for those of us who love the the witches character it's hard to maintain that fondness with a male narrator.

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The Best Pratchett Book On Audible

This book is laugh til you cry funny. I've had to listen THREE times because each time I've laughed so much I've still missed more goodies. Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat will turn the world of fairy tales on their collective heads. Rural Myths and "what witching is all about" is not what you once thought at all. I wish I was listening for the first time! The whole family can listen, its a book of layers...adult humour is cleverly disguised so the children will love it too. Adult humour on the sophisticated side no mucky smut here!

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Fairytales Reframed

Full of all the best Pratchett traits, Witches abroad focuses on reframing some of our most traditional fairytales.

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Great fun

I've been trying for a while to get my teens into Terry Pratchett. Listening to this one in the car on a long drive has finally done the trick. There were regular giggles from the back seat and requests for more titles featuring granny weatherwax and nanny ogg.

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narrator was amazing

I read this book years ago and I was worried that hearing a narrated version would kill it for me but the accents MADE it for me. Wow even funnier than in my head. Well done!

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not as good as usually

loved the story but narrator was unusually bland with most voices too similar and petulant

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great story, less than perfect recording

as much as i love this story, I must warn of a few words that are jumbled together in the second last chapter. Why, when we must pay for this service, do we often get poor quality?

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great yarn

love it, and the narration is fantastic!
brilliant portrayal of the characters
one of my favourite books



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  • Anna
  • 06-03-2018

Wonderful book, greatly performed!

Witches Abroad is one of the best books I have ever read. It is witty, yet wise, and I find something new everytime I listen to it. I have read the book years ago and came back to it via audible to help me combat a stressful time.
The characters of the witches are charming as ever, in my opinion this is their best book. The story is captivating, but the little details of it are what gives this book it's magic!
The whole is wonderfully performed, really comfortable to listen to.
The only negative thing I could think of is that it made me mourn Terry Pratchett all over again - the world needs more authors like him...

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  • Stef
  • 12-12-2017

Brilliant as usual

Nigel Planer does an excellent performance. His voices of the various characters are fantastic and really capture their essence.

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  • SAX
  • 30-10-2021

One of my favorite

A wonderful travel story of saving a princess from NOT marrying the prince cause he’s a frog. On their way the three witches save the dwarfs, kill Dracula and pacify the running bulls of Pamplona. Along the tale several more references of Snow White and Cinderella are woven into and find a refreshing point of view by the witches.
This is fun word by word and magnificently read by Nigel Planer.
As I said, one of my favorite bed time stories, must have listened to probably 50 times by now.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-05-2021

Love the book, not the narrator.

I much preferred Celia Imrie (spelling?) as the narrator. This narrator doesn't do female voices well.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-03-2021

One of my favourite Discworld novels

Having read this book so many times myself, having someone else narrate is not quite the same. The voices for the witches are rather different in my head. The narrator still does a whole lot right, however, so I enjoyed myself.

This could possibly be a good book to start from when entering the Discworld. I always wonder which to recommend first and still miss Terry Pratchett and the anticipation that I felt before starting a new book from him.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-01-2021

Almost perfect

The familiar Terry Pratchett quality.
1 flaw tiny little hiccup during the climax in audio.

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  • Urvashi R
  • 07-05-2020

Hilarious

Love Terry Pratchett! The book is hilarious and the narration by Nigel Planer is excellent!

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  • Athina Giokarini
  • 29-03-2020

Choppy audio on many points

It's one of my favourite discworld stories, but audiobook quality was not the best. maybe go for print version.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-04-2019

Awesome! Sadly with few audio issues.

Some parts of the audio are scrambled a bit and that's a pity. But that's what these older ones are sometimes. Otherwise it's awesome, as always.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-02-2018

A Discworld classic <3

One of my favourite of Pratchett's novels featuring the exploits of witches Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat Garlick

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  • Katharin
  • 14-02-2008

Possibly the best of the Witches series

Although Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels are long-time favourites, my favourite 'series' amongst them is undoubtedly the Witches. We first met Granny Weatherwax in Equal Rites, but the full introduction of his sisters three comes in Wyrd Sisters. However, this has got to be the absolute pick of the bunch, as Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and well-meaning 'wet hen' Magrat Garlick team up to do some rather unusual fairy godmothering - and manage to shed an altogether new and hilarious light on both fairy stories and travel in 'forn parts' along the way (Nanny's postcards home are priceless !). And Granny's headology is put to its most stringent test yet in an ending with a definite twist....... Nigel Planer's narration is an absolute joy, capturing all of the characters to perfection, in particular the interaction between Granny and Nanny. Excellent all round.

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  • Clare
  • 27-03-2011

Once upon a time?

This has got to be one of the best Discworld books ever, and defiantly the best one involving everyone?s favourite witches. Taking fairytales we all know and dealing with the bits that never quite fitted. How do pigs build houses when all they have is trotters? How does chopping his way through some brambles and kissing a princess prove someone will make a good husband/king? And is there really such a thing as ?Happily Ever After?? Regardless of whether you are a long time fan or someone having their first Discworld outing, this story is guaranteed to delight and entertain.

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  • Nina
  • 06-03-2016

Witch is the best Terry Pratchett book?

Would you listen to Witches Abroad again? Why?

The twists in the story with references to fairy tales and three witches: Nanny Ogg, Granny Weatherwax and Magrat Garlic on their fairy god-mothering mission do not disappoint. This is one of the best Terry Prachett's books and I will get back to it again.

What other book might you compare Witches Abroad to, and why?

Terry Prachett's Discworld is a unique world and witches charachters have a special place in it. Their adventures take you into a new unpredictable journey with each chapter. Witches Abroad greatly contributes to other witches stories in Prachett's series.

Have you listened to any of Nigel Planer’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Terry Prachett's audio books wouldn't be the same without Nigel Planner's performance and I listened quite few of them now. It's a joy.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Witches Abroad - every story has to end...

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  • Jacqueline
  • 01-07-2013

Love the Story, Shame about the Narration

What made the experience of listening to Witches Abroad the most enjoyable?

It's a really good story and, having only met the witches through the Tiffany Aching books was keen to see them earlier in their careers.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Witches Abroad?

Granny Weatherwax playing poker on the riverboat.

Would you be willing to try another one of Nigel Planer’s performances?

Absolutely not, my introduction to Discworld was through Stephen Briggs and his performances have set the standard for me. This narration was too slow and in places leaden and he managed to make the witches less sharp and more comic than they need to be.

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

It made me laugh out loud

Any additional comments?

I am very biased here but if it was up to me I'd have Stephen Briggs record the whole of
The Discworld Series, any chance please someone?

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  • star.sWs
  • 04-06-2019

a colourful wordsmith

i love this book so very much. i find it comforting and funny on nights when i cant sleep. Mr. Pratchett was so king in sharing his colourful and imaginative mind with us all.
i am a witch myself and often find myself thinking that i wish magick was how Mr. Pratchett writes about it!

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  • Sue
  • 05-12-2013

Abroad is a strange country...I always knew it

What made the experience of listening to Witches Abroad the most enjoyable?

It was well read with the right intonation and speed.

What did you like best about this story?

It made me laugh out loud . A thing I seldom do as I usually chuckle quietly or silently.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

When the house fell on Nanny Ogg

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

Oh yes.... I laughed a lot

Any additional comments?

If you have never read a Discworld book you don't know what you are missing. This strange and weird world is at the same time the one we know so well as we live on it and one so strange it cannot be real. The humour is often subtle but sometimes tear inducing , side achingly obvious. Granny Weathewax and Nanny Ogg are so well written that you feel you might meet them in your local supermarket.....ok pub in Nanny Ogg's case. At every turn there is a twist and yet every twist turns out to be such a natural progression you wonder why you didn't see it coming. Listen with pleasure and a box of tissues ready for those tear inducing laughter stretches. As this book all those thoughts and phobias we have ever had about "abroad" and " them foreigners" will just be reinforced when you join the 3 witches as they go "abroad " for the first time. It's worth listening to for Nanny Ogg's postcards home alone.

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  • Lesley
  • 19-10-2012

Enjoy a happy ending - even if it wasn't planned

This is a story about true nature of stories in their raw state: about the dubious pleasure of foreign travel with your friends and why dropping a house on a witch’s head is really not a good idea. This is a story about the real nature of cats and cats don’t get any more real than Greebo. Greebo with his roguish charm, handsome physic and feline guile who toys with vampires, seduces titled Ladies and fights for the honour of his owner, the glory of his kind and the sheer bloody Hell of it. Add a sprinkling of voodoo, a highly romantic dwarf and a couple of long held personal grudges and you soon come to realise that happy endings aren’t all they are cracked up to be. Oh and the bananas. Did I mention the bananas? Yes, drinks with bananas in.....Dearie, Dearie Me.



This is Terry Pratchett at his absolute best. It is a must listen when you are on holiday or alternatively a must listen for when you need a holiday but can only get away for a few hours.

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  • Helen Greaney
  • 15-03-2018

great story, not the best recording

the story is great and narrated really well but occasionally the recording skips. I've listened on 3 different devices and the glitch happens in the same place every time.

there are also times where you can hear faint sounds of people having conversations outside the recording booth.

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  • Janine
  • 12-09-2013

Pratchett for Prime Minister!

All his books are phenomenal, and this one is, too. Granny Weatherwax is one of his best characters.
Nigel Planer does a beautiful job but the actual recording quality is not as good as it should be.

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  • Steve
  • 06-10-2014

Nigel Planer versions are not good

What did you like best about Witches Abroad? What did you like least?

The book itself is very, very good.The quality of the recording is very very poor. Read far too quickly and recorded with reverberation switched on. I can't listen to the book. Much prefer Tony Robinson to Nigel Planer.

What other book might you compare Witches Abroad to, and why?

All of T'Pratchetts work

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Nigel Planer?

Anyone that could do a better job... which leaves plenty of choice. (Sorry Nigel. but you spoil the book)

Was Witches Abroad worth the listening time?

No.. couldn't finish it.

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