Love this story, it's one of my favorite Discworld books. But Nigel Planer > Steven Briggs. Maybe I'm biased because I heard the first half of the series narrated by Planer but switching to Briggs was jarring. Meh.
This touches on all aspects of the series and fills in thoughtful details. I adore Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs is the best at bringing life to the pages.
Simply put, just another great Discworld novel. Excellent story plot, great characters that you can relate to, and fun to listen to multiple times.
I've read all the Terry Pratchett Disc World novels a couple of times already. Now I'm having them read to me. It changes the experience. Mr. Briggs does a fine job with a clear and easy to understand voice. Nigel planner is better with character voices, but I would whole heartedly recommend this reading and I'm looking forward to listening to Mr. Briggs reading the next book in the series, Truth, today.
Nice book giving you an insight into the life of dwarfs among the disk world. Sir Samuel Vimes, of course delivers his usual Ankh Morpork sense of humour and sucker punches. Nice little back history on Angua as well.
No More Marcus of Fantailor
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.