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.
The third book was a serious disappointment, but Nigel Planer is back reading this one and all is better, fun and excellent. Can Nigel reread the third book please