I miss Nigel
Pratchett's stuff is awesome. Even a bad reader can't destroy Discworld's enchantment.
There's no way I can just stop going though Discworld so I have no choice since Briggs reads the rest of the books in this series and I'm sure I'll get used to him. But his range of characters just isn't even close to Nigel's.
Seriously at this point you would need a very good reason not to buy all the Discworld books (except possibly the first few and even those have a few moments of greatness).
So take it as read that all Discworld books are five star books, it's just that some are *more* five star than others.
The Fifth Elephant is one of the *more* books, it features Vimes being Vimes, Detritus and Cheery being themselves and Sybil being a bad-ass.
Multiple levels of anachronism and just plain odd juxtaposition of objects/ideas.
Gaspode the talking dog.
Too many good/fun scenes to pick just one. Gaspode talking with the wolf in the cage (after making Carrot *promise* to get the chickens first was good for a chuckle.
I guess that's common to the Discworld books I've read or listened to so far, the scenes are all tight/enjoyable so there aren't any that really stand out in my mind. Or what's left of my mind.
Not at 10+ hours, thanks. It is very fun to put it on while I'm working in my shop or just sitting in front of the fireplace for an hour or two.
Performance should be a 4.99, but only because I listened to several of the Nigel Planer narrated ones first, so his voicing is the one I associate with the characters. They're both freaking brilliant at reading Terry Pratchett. Even if you love Nigel Planer, give Mr. Biggs a try, he's equally talented and he "gets" the characters.
At least this one doesn't have the annoying "You're probably a criminal" lecture at the beginning of the recording. I'm not sure what Pratchett thought he was doing when he had them add that to some of the books, but it just annoys hell out of me to have to listen to that "We need to preach at you to remind you not to be a criminal" every time I sit down to listen to a book I've paid for.
I think the Discworld audiobooks are very overpriced. They don't sell them in a collection, and $22 to $35 per book is a bit hard to swallow. It wouldn't surprise me if they are frequently pirated.
I LOVE the disc world series, most especially the night watch books. You cannot believe how bummed I am with the new narrator. He has turned the wonderfully madcap characters into proper british citizens. Yuch. I have tried twice to listen to this book and have not been able to get past the introduction of the new Carrot and Vimes voices. I keep telling myself this is the same author and reminding myself how much I laugh while "reading" these books. It would probably be okay if I'd never heard the Nigel Planer books but I DID and I thought he did a FABulous job. Man. This is terrible. I am SUPER bummed out man. And (as of this moment), I have COMPLETELY wasted a credit. I will try again but I'm not holding out for much luck with it. I thought Pratchett was GOLD. Well, his narrator isn't. Slow. Plodding. Proper. Ugh. You just don't know how bummed I am at this moment. Sheesh.
The Fifth Elephant is a great story, as usual, and even more witty than the previous 23 novels. This rating is for the narration, not the novel itself. What has happened to Nigel Planer? Did Stephen Briggs get the new job because he does stage adaptations of Pratchett's books and co-authors the Discworld guides? I don't think this qualifies him as a narrator. His characterizations within the ethnic groups (humans, trolls, dwarfs, etc.) are barely distinguishable. What a disappointment.
I own a couple of memberships and have enjoyed many books but none are as delightful on audio as those of Discworld. Intelligent, witty, clever, outrageously entertaining--it took me forever to try these books (I hate things other people rave about) and now am glad they are there to enjoy now. I've listened to everything from old time radio to . . . at night and while travelling. None is more enjoyable than Pratchett. I think this was the best novel after the first two but I rate them all 4 or 5 stars.
I literally gasped out loud when I turned on this audiobook and it was a different narrator. Nigel was so great. I tried 3 times to listen to the new guy but HATED the way he did Carrot, Vimes and Vetinari. Sooooo disappointed! I haven't been this bummed since the Matrix sequels. Mr Planer had such great voices. He was a joy to listen to. Bring back Nigel and re-record!!!