This book has the usual Terry Pratchett magic, and the performance by Nigel Planer brings out the sense of fun better than I'd have expected. He's really an ideal reader for Discworld novels and I hope to hear more of him. Mort is a lovable character...but no one can take the place of Death in my heart.
Death and his cohorts are one of the two streams within the Discworld series that I really enjoy (at least so far). The other being Sam Vimes and his gang. I have to admit my reading of the books heavily involving Death or Susan have been read somewhat out of order but I have enjoyed them all the same.
Mort is a good middle entry in the list of audiobooks I've listened to so far - and most of my books are Discworld novels.
To me, Mort was similar to Small Gods because you have the young male protagonist finding his place in the world through awkward, madcap and often moving adventures.
I enjoyed the scene where one of Mort's first clients walks him through the process of collecting a soul.
As always in the books featuring Death and his associates, I find Terry Pratchett's handling of the process of death to be sensible, thought provoking and dignified - for a given value of 'dignified'.
I'm working my way through the series - in no particular order and many re-reads or -listens. I love evey story for the value it brings to the whole; for the way it can stand on it's own; for the way they make me laugh, cry and think. Fortunately, I still have several to go and I wish the series would never end.
Once again, Planer delivers a great performance. Although I didn’t particularly care for the voice he chose for Mort, at least it was very consistent and instantly identifiable in dialogue. In particular, I liked when Planer mixes the voices of Death and Mort to create a unique accent as needed in one particular set of scenes. Those who have listened to the first three books of the series will immediately notice the lack of reverberation in Death’s voice, but that’s probably just as well, since Death has so much to say – it might have been harder to listen to with additional voice effects. Pratchett writes a, once again, excellent novel: full of humor and laugh out loud moments intermixed with a deeply enjoyable, though somewhat predictable, plot. The only complaint I observed was the engineering of the recording. The volume and quality continually change at each obvious break in the recording session process.
I love Death and all of his quirks. The story grew a bit tedious toward the end, but Mort and his escapades were delightful.
I love any disk world book with Death in it and Nigel Planer reading the character. He does a great job. This book, as with most of Pratchett's work is friggen funny. I found my self laughing out loud many times. This book is a real gem. Get it, you won't be sorry you did.
The narrator was wonderful, however the audio quality was inconsistent with large swings in audio volume between chapters. Additionally it sounded like the narrator was recorded through a foot of foam at times.
I like book when they are read... To me with different voices for all the characters... By a talented author. ~Haiku
I love Pratchett's take on the Sorcerer's Apprentice meets Death Becomes Her. Even reading his Discworld books out of order they are just plain old fun.