I love Death and all of his quirks. The story grew a bit tedious toward the end, but Mort and his escapades were delightful.
A perfect match between the narrator and the book - brilliantly entertaining and funny, this is one audiobook you will want to hear many times over. But beware, it might get you hooked on discworld books even if you don't usually read from this genre..
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.
Never enough time to read all the stories and series I enjoy.
Death is probably my favorite of all of the Discworld series. Sam Vimes and the Nightwatch are a close second. The narration is done perfectly.
Probably not. I listened to 'Good Omens' and wanted something similarly creative and funny. I've already read/listened to everything by Neil Gaiman so I figured I'd give Pratchett a try after hearing recommendations for him my whole life (seriously, since I was 6 yrs old.) Turned out to be such a disappointment.
Without another author to contribute storyline, Pratchett's writing is humorous for its own sake but nothing really happens and the characters lack depth, like their only purpose is to be funny. Unfortunately, non-stop humor that isn't punctuated by anything else for contrast gets old fast. It's like if 'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' was wall-to-wall Zaphod. I love Pratchett's dry humor but I don't think it stands alone well.
Sorry ardent Pratchett fans, regrettably I can't count myself among you.
'A Dirty Job' by Christopher Moore
Planer's English accent is really heavy and he talks fast so if I didn't listen with 100% attention I couldn't make out what he was saying. There also wasn't a lot of variation between his narration and the accents he gave to the characters, they all kind of sounded the same.
As witih most Pratchett / Discworld books, there are multiple prongs to the weapon. There is a great deal of humor jabbed at fictional beliefs and institutions, that make you think about and laugh at similar non-fictional beliefs and institutions.
Of course, other Pratchett stories.
I liked what Planer did as a reader. I could easily discern the characters from each other.
Yes. I would enjoy getting into the flow of the book. However, stopping and starting again did not reduce the enjoyment.
I am relatively new to the Discworld series, with just a few books under my belt. I'm getting a feeling that this could be my favorite story arc.
I thought I loved this series when I was reading the books, but when you put Nigel Planer into the mix...well...he makes it even better than it already was!
If you like British Comedy, you need to get familiar with the Discworld. It's "brilliant!"
Yes, this is a classic discworld story. boy becomes deaths apprentice and humor happens. I loved the radio version better becuase it gave Death a booming echoing voice, but the innate humor is really funny.
Piers Anthonys Riding a Pale House from his Incarnations from Immortality series. Another guy becomes death by killing death with a gun just as he was about to be collected at his suicide attempt. One of my favorite books from my teenage years.
Yes, Nigel is a pretty good reader for this series. I don't know how he would do on other but for the slightly British feel of Discworld he's good.
Death: From HIS perspective its Funny.
I loved "Mort."
Terry Pratchett is at least as inventive as JK Rowlings, more witty (IMHO!) than Douglas Adams, and created a marvelous universe of characters that Nigel Planer brings to charming and vivid life. And how indeed he does make them come alive -- including Death himself. I believed it.
I'm definitely glad I got the Audible version, as I probably wouldn't made it through the book. It's as if Pratchett had Nigel's voice in mind while he was writing his delicious menagerie of weirdos -- when decades hence the world of Mort would be performed by Nigel Planer.
Of course, Pratchett is not unfamiliar with the practical utility of time travel. It's likely put a bit of it to practical use for us lucky listeners!
The book was pretty good. Plenty of action and things happening. The voice acting was ok most of the time. He was not too good at Death's voice in my opinion. Death sounded basicly the same as Mort, but with an attempt at more force to it. Seemed like Death needed more depth to the reading, I dunno I can't describe voice problems well. Mort goes through screwing everything up by trying to make things "nice" or fair. Pratchett did a good job keeping the character more or less realistic, if a bit simple minded. The world is described in enough detail to be enjoyable without being long winded and boring. The ending is a bit abrupt but not bad.