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Brought to you by Penguin.

The audiobook of Carpe Jugulum 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. Steven Cree (Outlander; A Discovery of Witches) voices the Nac Mac Feegles. Featuring a new theme tune composed by James Hannigan.

''Carpe Jugulum,' read Agnes aloud. 'That's...well, Carpe Diem is Seize the Day, so this means -'

'Go for the throat....''

Vampires have come to Lancre, but they're not what you'd expect. Sure, they drink blood and view humans as dinner, but they're modern and sophisticated. They've got style and fancy waistcoats. And they're not a bit afraid of garlic.

The Magpyr family are out of the casket and want a bite of the future. But they haven't met the neighbours yet.

Between them and Lancre stand a coven of four - Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, Magrat and young Agnes - and they don't take kindly to murderous intruders....

Carpe Jugulum is the sixth 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.

©1998 Terry and Lyn Pratchett (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"An enduring, endearing presence in comic literature." (Guardian

"Incredibly funny...compulsively readable." (The Times

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Excellent 🙂

Indira Varma's take on Granny Weatherwax approached my own mental picture of her from an unexpected direction, but hits perfection nevertheless.

Overall an excellent production of one of my favourite books.

A few notes: It's Perd-I-ta.
This is why P-er-ditax is funny. (Yes that's a different book but, lets get it right.)

The guy who does the Nac Mac Feegle is excellent, but needs to understand the sources of some of their exclamations. 'There can be only one thousand!' is a joke based on Highlander, and should be spoken with the same emphasis as 'There can be only one!'
Also 'Verra comp-lic-ated documents.' isn't quite right :/

I reckon the Death of Rats should also be voiced by Peter Serafinowicz.

What his name who does the annotations sounds as though he's reading them in his sleep. Wake up and try harder.

These are just silly niggles though.

Isn't it a shame subtle text based jokes are lost? There's no way to put across the bit where the Count substitutes 'prey' for 'pray'.

Indira Varma is perfect though, can't fault any of her voices, spot on 🙂

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Spectacular

Just brilliant!!
I loved every word.
Indra Varma is an absolute genius! It's brought the books back to life.

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Beautifully read by Indira Varma

I enjoyed this immensely. A brilliant choice of reader. Her interpretation of the characters was excellent as well timing, pace and delivery of lines. I think I could listen to any book read by this reader.

The story I felt in places had a sort of uplifting quality. I selected this book because it was the next Pratchett and had no idea it would have such an interesting take on the subject matter. It was good to catch up with the witches again.

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Don't go spilling allegory down your shirt

A wonderful new recording of one of my favourite books.
There is a great YouTube video where the actors etc discuss the venture of retelling of these legendary tales.

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Thankyou

Thankyou Indira, Peter and Bill. I’ve truly loved listening through the Witches books and now I’m really hoping that at the very least Indira voices Granny and Nanny in the Tiffany Aching books, If not fully narrates them. Small Gods next and then a decision between Vimes and Rincewind for my next series.

Brilliant so far, and so many more still to come.

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Granny and Nanny the Vampyr Slayers

Last of the Witches books and one of the best (Tiffany Aching for me is a separate strand). Indira Varma's narration. Wow. I could listen to her all day every day. If I was married to her I would deliberately annoy her so she nagged me. That's how much I love this woman's voice. The perfect Pratchett narrator.

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Brilliant

Superb narration, making this a cannot stop listening to book
Penguin, you have done a brilliant job

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Enjoying the new narrations

I have always found this book of the discworld series to be difficult to read but I have to say this was very enjoyable. The narration was brilliant and really enjoy indira Varmas story telling. I hope she does the Tiffany aching series as well, please x

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Very witty and superbly narrated!

Guards Guards etc is my favourite series of the Discworld books and Stephen Briggs my favourite narrator but Indira is a close second.
She captures the different voices and personalities of all the characters brilliantly and she’s a top talent.
There are some great characters here as usual with Igor being my favorite. Very amusing all round as you would expect from Terry Pratchett.

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Indira Varma knocked it out of the park

Some of the other performances from these new releases seem a bit middling, but my god, Indira gave what is undoubtedly one of
my favourite audio book performances ever, and ensured I'll be binging all the Witches books as soon as I can!

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Another genius Pratchett

Pratchett somehow outdid himself every time.
It's another 10/10 story in the amazing Witches Saga.