Night Watch is one of our favorite books, and I highly recommend any of Terry Pratchett's books. The book and performance would get 5 stars, but this recording quality is subpar. This review is for the audio version in particular.
Stephen Briggs is one of my favorite audio book performers, but the equalization on this version is so poor that some of the higher tones were actually painful. If we turned it down, we couldn't hear the lower tones at all. At times there was a heavy staticky feel to it, like old radio recordings, followed by moments of great digital clarity.
We'd just finished listening to Thud! on the same system, and it did not have any of these issues, so it is definitely the digital file and not the system.
Despite this being one of our favorite books, read by one of our favorite performers, we probably will not listen to it again unless the audio is remastered or equalized better. It loses two stars because of the poor audio quality.
This is one of T. Pratchett's best, and Stephen Briggs is so, so good. I've read or listened to it (on CD) a dozen times. But the quality of this product is really terrible. I am not an audio expert, but couldn't they have made this sound better?? I honestly don't remember it sounding this scratchy and old when I last listened to it on CD, but maybe I considered that part of the charm? In my opinion, it's unlistenable, and I'm returning it because I know I'll never be able to get through the whole thing. I can't believe more people haven't mentioned the poor quality.
Listen to the sample before purchasing!!
This is a great book -- buy it in paperback, ebook, hardcover, but avoid the audiobook. It sounds like the narrator was six feet underground speaking through a poorly operating bullhorn. I've read literally hundreds of audiobooks and none have been as poorly produced as this was. Don't * buy * it.
The production quality is a bit shoddy. Briggs is fabulous, the mixing is not. I really enjoyed the story, though, as usual.
Great story. Horrid audio, as Audible advises. But the story outweighs the poor audio. With the listen. one of the best discworld stories.
Great story by Pratchett, fantasy/comedy hybrid for a great book. I'm somewhat partial to pratchett as I've always loved his work but the narator can kill a book in audio format. Briggs brings it home nicely.
If you like fantasy adventure books I'd recomend this as well as the rest of the watch storyline from Pratchett's discworld series, look for briggs on naration!