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Brought to you by Penguin.

The audiobook of Wyrd Sisters 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. Featuring a new theme tune composed by James Hannigan. 

'Destiny is important, see, but people go wrong when they think it controls them. It's the other way around.'

Three witches gathered on a lonely heath. A king cruelly murdered, his throne usurped by his ambitious cousin. A child heir and the royal crown, both missing.

Witches don't have these kinds of leadership problems themselves - in fact, they don't have leaders.

Granny Weatherwax is the most highly regarded of the leaders they don't have. But even she finds that meddling in royal politics is a lot more complicated than certain playwrights would have you believe. Particularly when the blood on your hands just won't wash off....

With an afterword by Joanne Harris.

Wyrd Sisters is the second 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.

©1988 Dunmanifestin Ltd (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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"Pratchett's Discworld books have made millions of people happy." (Guardian

"I love Terry Pratchett." (Caitlin Moran)

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So very good

I love listening to Sir Terry on audio, but I could stand the previous readings of the witches. this is just perfect. I'm off to order more of these new version's. I'm looking forward to hearing more of DEATH, and I love the solution to the footnote problem in audiobooks. Absolute acclaim goes to Indira Varma for making those three witches so enjoyable

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A big improvement

I really didn't enjoy the Hogfather re-release last year - the narration wasn't for me, the voicing used for Ridcully and the wizards was grating, the audio levels jumped about and it just wasn't a patch on the Nigel Planer read version. In fact I disliked it so much that I returned it and was left not feeling too hopeful about the re-releases as a whole.

I decided to give Wyrd Sisters a go as it's always been one of my favourite Discworld novels, though I've only ever been so-so on the Celia Imrie narrated version.

I'm really glad I did - Indira's narration and voicing of the witches are fantastic and her timing on the jokes is spot on. I haven't encountered any of the audio problems I did in Hogfather. I will definitely be getting the rest of the Witches books that Indira's narrated (I hope she does the Tiffany Aching books in due time too) and they'll be replacing the Celia Imrie versions in my library, though they'll sit along side, not supplant the Nigel Planer/ Stephen Briggs versions.

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India you rock!

The 2nd Discworld Witches novel beautifully narrated by Indira. Pace, execution, perfect representation of Terry Pratchetts writing. What more could you ask for.

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Favourite series.

Loved it. Narration and story were spot on. Have bought others with Indira as narrator and look forward to them.

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Amazing

The new narration really brings this story to life. Although the original audio book was excellent too. Equal Rites next, can’t wait.

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Wyrdly brilliant

Loved this retelling, I could picture the characters easily throughout. I truly love Granny 😍

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Fantastic Production

Indira Varma does another phenomenal job with Bill Nighy & Peter Serafinowicz in support. These new productions are top tier.

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Finally, Discworld audio that is listenable!

I have so far not got on with any previous Discworld audiobooks, the voices and narrations have all been awful, so it was with some trepidation that I got Wyrd Sisters read by Indira Varma and Small God's read by Andy Serkis. Different narrators but both excellent! I will be getting the rest of the Witches series now and and quietly hopeful for the upcoming Watch books. Perfect!

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Pratchett ♥️ 👍 😅!!!

I've loved Discworld books, since the 80's. Always cheered me up during my military service.
I am so happy they have started updating the audio books.
New narrator brings the correct delivery and dead pan humour. Characterisations are done well and fitting for the characters

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  • 29-04-22

The main reader’s voices are not distinct

Terry Pratchett is my favorite author and I’m ecstatic to have an unabridged version of one of his Discworld books not previously available on Audible. The main reader is dramatic but her character voices are so subtlety different that it is difficult to tell them apart.

Having Death and the footnotes as entirely different readers is an interesting choice. I wish whoever made that choice had extended it to different readers for all characters.

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  • Sean Henon
  • 28-05-22

Excellent!!!

Expertly read!!! This new production is doing Pratchett justice. My wife and I highly recommend

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  • aishajc
  • 27-05-22

Excellent update

This is one of my favorite Discworld books and the narrator just made it better.

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  • K-Lo
  • 24-05-22

Indira Varma brings the witches to life

I absolutely love the newly released witch series, and this book has always been a favorite. I became immersed in the story and would completely forget I was listening to one voice actor. Indira Varma masterfully captures their three distinct voices and Pratchett’s comedic timing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-05-22

Love the new voice performances!

I absolutely adore the new voice performances! They bring such depth to the characters. The story is, of course, brilliant and Terry Pratchett has never failed to deliver anything less.

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  • 23-05-22

New Penguin recordings…still getting used to them but very excited

I enjoy having a woman narrating the Witches books, even though I am a huge Nigel Planer fan and also loved the original C. Imrie reading (her voices were marvelous). I must say I am not so far a fan of the accents/character voices the narrator brings to the series. I see that she originally wanted to do a Scotswoman for Graany but was told not to. A shame…. I am also not loving the way Penguin has chosen to include Sir Terry’s footnotes (with a strange musical parentheses) - why not a single chime? - but Bill Nighy as the voice of the footnotes is great if a bit monotonal. Reserving my full reaction to the series until I hear Sirkis et al later in the series, but glad they released the Granny Weatherwax/Nanny Ogg/Magrat Garlick books first.
So lovers of Discworld, enjoy. But the Nigel Planer and Celia Imrie recordings are gold standard narration.

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  • Lindy Ballard
  • 02-05-22

Already a huge fan

I’ve been a Discworld fan for years now, and The Witches are in competition with Death for my favorite story arc. The performances in this telling are everything I would want. Indira Varma captures Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat beautifully. Bill Nighy delivers the footnotes exactly as they sound in my head. Peter Serafinowcz as the voice of Death is so spot on, I have to check behind my shoulder to make sure The Boney One isn’t tapping me on it.

This story is so rich in literary references, observances of human nature, and humor mixed with stark reality. A bit of MacBeth meets Hamlet meets Pratchett meets humanity.

I could say more, but have Witches Abroad waiting for me.

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  • B. Howard
  • 11-06-22

Great audiobook

Sadly, I was only able to give this book five stars. There are so many stars in the heavens, I should be able to add two or three more…

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  • Isington
  • 10-06-22

WOWS! Best yet. Outstanding voicing

5 stars has come to mean "did not disappoint", but it leaves nowhere to go for "vaulted so far past my best hopes that my delight in this already-magnificent work has been multiplied."

I would like to give it 7 stars, or 10. 5 is the most that's allowed though.

Prefatory note: I came to audiobooks only a few years ago, and I'm in my 50s. I didn't grow up with the growly-voiced blokes reading these stories to me, I read them myself.

As my sensory status shifted and reading became uncomfortable, I had to migrate to audiobooks for most things. Since the sensory shifts included increasing sensitivity to sounds, most gravelly voices, when their owners can't modulate the timbre much, are not something I can listen to comfortably.

The great thing about good British theatrical training is the command of nuance and subtlety, and control of the timbre of the voice. I adore Sir Derek Jacobi, Dame Maggie, and Celia Imrie not only for their exquisite vocal dexterity and precision, but for the mellifluous timbres they have.

After this breathtaking performance on Wyrd Sisters, I'm adding Indira Varma to this exalted list. Dexterity, precision, sweet timbre, and wonderful nuance. Given her comparative youth, I can only expect her work to get better, and I'm over the moon! She's a joy to listen to.

I found her characterisations to be satisfying and precise. She doesn't squawk for high voices or gurgle for deep ones, but lets each character have their own voice within her natural range, so that everyone sounds fully human. It's wonderful work.

I applaud the way the producers handled Death and the footnotes:
- Bill Nigh's amiably dry delivery is superb. Perfect choice.
- I like the short musical sting leading into and out of each footnote: informative, but not intrusive.
- Peter Serafinowicz always enjoys himself so much, his Death is as adorable as he is daunting, which is quite a trick to pull off.

If you're at all sound-sensitive or have enough training yourself to *need* to hear good voice production to enjoy the story, I especially recommend this version. It stands up to the requirements we have at the pointy end of these spectra!

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  • Catherine
  • 29-05-22

An Amazing Audio Update!

Made me love this book more than I ever thought possible. These new audio editions are fabulous!