Audiobook Review: New versions of the Discworld books

I have listened to many Discworld audiobooks, and my favourite narrator is, and will always be, Stephen Briggs. Stephen Briggs was a fan before he was a narrator and it’s possible to tell from listening to his narration. These new editions all have three narrators – a main narrator which changes with the series, Peter Serafinowicz who plays Death, and Bill Nighy as the footnotes.

Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 09-12-21

Hogfather By: Terry Pratchett (Discworld, Book 20)

Narrated by: Bill Nighy, Peter Serafinowicz, Sian Clifford

Blurb – Twas the night before Hogswatch and all through the house…something was missing.

The stockings are hanging ready, the sherry and pies are waiting by the fireplace – but where is the jolly fat man with his sack? It’s not right to find Death creeping down chimneys and trying to say ‘Ho ho ho’ – but someone’s got to bring the little kiddies their presents. Or else they might stop believing. Belief is important in Discworld, particularly on the last night of the year when the time is turning. If the real man in the red suit isn’t found by morning, there won’t be a morning. Ever again….

A festive feast of darkness, jolly robins and tinsel. As they say: ‘You’d better watch out….’

My Review – The first of the new editions, this audiobook was released in December 2021, and is narrated by Sian Clifford, Peter Serafinowicz and Bill Nighy. I hadn’t written a review for that one, even though I listened to it 21st December 2021; I’m not sure why. I liked it, and compared to the Nigel Planer version, which I also have, there is more aural variety in the narration. Sinan Clifford is narrating all of the Susan books.



Audiobook Published 28th April 2022 by Penguin Audio (first published January 15th 1987)

Equal Rites (Discworld #3) by Terry Pratchett,
Indira Varma (Narrator), Peter Serafinowicz (Narrator), Bill Nighy (Narrator)

Blurb – On Discworld, a dying wizard tries to pass on his powers to an eighth son of an eighth son, who is just at that moment being born. The fact that the son is actually a daughter is discovered just a little too late. The town witch insists on turning the baby into a perfectly normal witch, thus mending the magical damage of the wizard’s mistake. But now the young girl will be forced to penetrate the inner sanctum of the Unseen University–and attempt to save the world with one well-placed kick in some enchanted shins! Reissue.

My Review – Much preferred to the original which had Celia Imrie as the narrator. Indira Varma is a better narrator and I prefer her voice. Bill Nighy doesn’t really have much inflection in his voice in his reading. I didn’t notice Peter Serafinowicz much while listening to this book, so either he didn’t make an impression or he wasn’t in the book much. Indira Varma has narrated all of the Witches books, and I have all of them. These audiobooks were released on the first Terry Pratchett Day, 28th April 2022, which would also have been STPs birthday.


Audible Audio Published April 28th 2022 by Penguin Audio (first published May 1992)

Small Gods (Discworld #13) by Terry Pratchett

Andy Serkis (Narrator), Peter Serafinowicz (Narrator), Bill Nighy (Narrator)

Blurb – Just because you can’t explain it, doesn’t mean it’s a miracle.’ Religion is a controversial business in the Discworld. Everyone has their own opinion, and indeed their own gods. Who come in all shapes and sizes. In such a competitive environment, there is a pressing need to make one’s presence felt. And it’s certainly not remotely helpful to be reduced to be appearing in the form of a tortoise, a manifestation far below god-like status in anyone’s book. In such instances, you need an acolyte, and fast. Preferably one who won’t ask too many questions… 

My Review – I love Andy Serkis’ narration. I’ve been listening to his versions of The Lord of The Rings audiobooks too. He’s a really good voice artist. Each character Has their own voice and individuality. He brings this to Small Gods. Om has a squeaky little voice while Vorbis has a dry voice and Brutha is a scared teenager. I hope Serkis narrates other Discworld books.



Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 28-04-22
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Audio

Wyrd Sisters (Discworld 6) By Terry Pratchett

Narrated by: Indira Varma, Peter Serafinowicz, Bill Nighy

Blurb – The audiobook of Wyrd Sisters is narrated by Indira Varma (Game of ThronesLutherThis Way Up). BAFTA and Golden Globe award-winning actor Bill Nighy (Love ActuallyPirates of the CaribbeanHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) reads the footnotes, and Peter Serafinowicz (Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom MenaceShaun 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….

My Review – Not much different to add, Indira Varma is a good narrator. Peter Serafinowicz makes a good showing as Death.


Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 28-04-22
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Audio

Witches Abroad (Discworld 12)

By: Terry Pratchett

Narrated by: Indira Varma, Peter Serafinowicz, Bill Nighy

Blurb

The audiobook of Witches Abroad is narrated by Indira Varma (Game of ThronesLutherThis Way Up). BAFTA and Golden Globe award-winning actor Bill Nighy (Love ActuallyPirates of the CaribbeanHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) reads the footnotes, and Peter Serafinowicz (Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom MenaceShaun of the Dead) stars as the voice of Death. Featuring a new theme tune composed by James Hannigan.

‘You can’t go around building a better world for people. Only people can build a better world for people. Otherwise, it’s just a cage.’

There’s power in stories. The Fairy Godmother is good. The servant girl marries the Prince. Everyone lives happily ever after…don’t they?

The witches Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick are travelling to far-distant Genua to stop a wedding and save a kingdom. But how do you fight a happy-ever-after, especially when it comes with glass slippers and a power-hungry Fairy Godmother who has made Destiny an offer it can’t refuse?

It’s hard to resist a good story, even when the fate of the kingdom depends on it….

Witches Abroad is the third book in the Witches series, but you can listen to the Discworld novels in any order.

Review – Not bad, bit disappointed by them missing off the actual ending, although I’m also sure there were other things missed out.


Lords and Ladies (Discworld 14)

By: Terry Pratchett

Narrated by: Indira Varma, Peter Serafinowicz, Bill Nighy

Blurb

The audiobook of Lords and Ladies is narrated by Indira Varma (Game of ThronesLutherThis Way Up). BAFTA and Golden Globe award-winning actor Bill Nighy (Love ActuallyPirates of the CaribbeanHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) reads the footnotes, and Peter Serafinowicz (Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom MenaceShaun of the Dead) stars as the voice of Death. Featuring a new theme tune composed by James Hannigan.

‘People didn’t seem to be able to remember what it was like with the elves around. Life was certainly more interesting then, but usually because it was shorter. And it was more colourful, if you liked the colour of blood….’

On Midsummer Night, dreams are especially powerful. So powerful, in fact, that they can cause the walls between realities to come crashing down. And some things you really don’t want to break through.

The witches Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick return home to discover that elves have invaded Lancre. And even in a world of wizards, trolls, dwarfs, Morris dancers – and the odd orangutan – they’re spectacularly nasty creatures.

The fairies are back – and this time they don’t just want your teeth….

Lords and Ladies is the fourth book in the Witches series, but you can listen to the Discworld novels in any order.

My Review – I did enjoy this audiobook, the narrator did a good job with all the different voices. Pretty certain some of Granny’s thoughts when she’s confused over which leg of the Trousers she’s in were missed out.


Series: Discworld: Witches, Book 5, Discworld, Book 18
Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 28-04-22
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Audio

Maskerade (Discworld 18)

By: Terry Pratchett

Narrated by: Indira Varma, Peter Serafinowicz, Bill Nighy

Blurb – ‘There’s a kind of magic in masks. Masks conceal one face, but they reveal another. The one that only comes out in darkness….’

The Opera House in Ankh-Morpork is home to music, theatrics and a harmless masked Ghost who lurks behind the scenes. But now a set of mysterious backstage murders may just stop the show.

Agnes Nitt has left her rural home of Lancre in the hopes of launching a successful singing career in the big city. The only problem is, she doesn’t quite look the part. And there are two witches who would much rather she return home to join their coven.

Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg have travelled to Ankh-Morpork to convince Agnes that life as a witch is much better than one on the stage. Only now they’re caught up in a murder mystery featuring masks and maniacal laughter.

And the show MUST go on….

My Review – That’s better! The cast seem to have got the hang of it and even Nighy got some inflection in his voice.


Series: Discworld: Witches, Book 6, Discworld, Book 23
Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 28-04-22
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Audio

Carpe Jugulum (Discworld 23)

By: Terry Pratchett

Narrated by: Indira Varma, Peter Serafinowicz, Bill Nighy, Steven Cree

Blurb

”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….

My Review – This is the best of the Witches books and is steeped in the Gothic tradition, as well as the tropes of horror films. Indira Varma does a very good job of narration, except I’m not sure about the voice she gave to Big Jim the troll, it’s got tinges of the ‘stoopid r****d’ voice kids did at school. I don’t like it. It’s unnecessary, in the mountains the trolls aren’t stupid, because their silicon-based brains work better in cool climates.

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