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.
I had a 7 hour interstate drive to make by myself last week and this was the perfect companion to make the time fly by! I wonder if anyone ever saw me laughing out loud as I was doing that a lot! Nigel Planer has a wonderful voice and makes each character so distinct it's as if there are multiple actors.
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.