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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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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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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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Brilliant!

I struggle to enjoy a lot of audiobook's, however I've found Indira Varma is one of the few narrators that can hold my attention and keep it enjoyable without becoming irritating. She is fast becoming one of my favourites. As for the book itself, it's a Terry Pratchett witches book so of course it is going to be fantastic, funny and witty. The humour is not lost despite the change of format. Highly recommend!

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Loved it!

Indira Varma was incredible at acting out every character. I’ve loved the disc world novels my entire life and this was such a joy to have someone so brilliant read it to me. Highly recommend.

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Pratchett at his best

It’s been an absolute delight to rediscover my love of Pratchett’s books, I’d forgotten how much his thoughts and ideas had shaped my young mind and my view of the world today. I understand why there is the writ at the beginning saying it is a book of it’s time, but it really isn’t, it’s so far ahead of it’s time and shines light on many political and social issues that still plague the world today. Pratchett was a master of subtext and you have to listen to it to understand what he’s saying

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Addictive and utterly brilliant

Wonderfully read, a brilliant use of differing accents for each characters. I'm new to the Terry Pratchett books and this is a Wonderful introduction to the disc world.

This book alone has forced me to already purchase three more and pre-order four more. The new updates are just so addictive and mesmerising.

I hope all books have the same high standard of oratory.

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Simply Brilliant!

Terry's (word) magic at it's absolutely finest. Even better thirty five years on. Truly special.

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Only one criticism...

...which is that Indira's Granny Weatherwax voice is much, MUCH better in her narration of the later Witches books.

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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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  • 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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  • 28-05-22

Excellent!!!

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

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  • 27-05-22

Excellent update

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

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Samuel Leslie
  • 29-06-22

Granny returns in full force

Typical Pratchett, great story, funny characters, and so well told. Well worth the read or listen.

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  • 27-06-22

Overly serious & dramatic narrator

I'm a huge Discworld fan and loved all the audiobooks... until this one. The new narrator is very dramatic and lacks the comedic deadpan style of delivery that made Nigel Planer & Steven Briggs so delightful. She would be more suitable for less humorous books.

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  • P. Alden
  • 26-06-22

Flawless Voice Work on a Classic Story

Indira Varma is an absolutely joy, and creates the world you desire with flawless oddities of speech and inflections intended by Pratchett and a wild variety of accents given crisp delivery. I was actively casting in my head for a live production because she makes you want to watch inside your head.