A visit to Discworld is always a hoot, but this story feels a little phoned in. I love spending time with these characters but there isn't enough tension here to keep to keep the pages flipping.
Moist von Lipwig is a fantastic character! I loved watching him scam himself into accidentally becoming honest in Going Postal. Making Money isn't quite as good as Going Postal, but it's still a great story. I wish I could do half stars, because I think it's better than a four, but weaker than a five on story. In this book, you have a wide array of vivid Discworld characters, Terry Pratchett's signature wit-mixed-with-wisdom and his scathing social commentary disguised as mere fiction, and, beyond that, all kinds of great little details that you miss on the first reading and then catch (and chuckle over) on the next several readings. That is, I think, one of the best things about Terry Pratchett books -- you buy it once and end up reading it over and over again because there is just so much there.
In terms of the reader, you can't go wrong with Stephen Briggs. I still waver back and forth over who my favorite reader is on the Pratchett novels, but boy, Briggs is really fantastic! I love how he reads Moist -- I feel like he really intuitively understands the character almost as well as Pratchett himself (may he rest in peace). I also love the voices he gives to the other characters. The audio quality is excellent, too. No muffled noises, no echoes; in short, nothing to detract from a wonderfully enjoyable novel.
this recording would have been better without the intrusiveness of the Atari like music that irregularly occurs during chapter breaks. the music sounds like the background to a video game, which jars the listener out of emersion in the story. the fact that this intrusion doesn't occur at every break, and occasionally at non-chapter, cliff- hanger moments; makes it all the more noticeable.
Our whole family loves many of Terre Pratchett's books. This particular book makes more sense if you start with Going Postal. It is a great, family-friendly and entertaining book for us all. Although, the 8-year-old enjoys audio books more than the 3-year-old.
Steven Briggs does an AMAZING job with the narration!