I'm just a pixelated guy.
This was my first time with Terry Pratchett. When he passed away, Brandon Sanderson wrote a blog entry about him and recommended a few books for getting hooked.
I was amazed at the incredible characters that lived in this story. The humor is very clever. I humbly submit my application to be a Terry Pratchett fan.
I'm an older, experienced listener. Audiobooks are an important part of my life...
something to smile about every couple of minutes, with wryly accurate observations about everything imaginable.
Pratchett brings his best to the story, the performance delivers as expected. A must listen! You'll be able to enjoy without reading other Discworld novels, though having read them will make this even funnier.
However I love these books. I wish that Briggs would put more effort into his pacing as well as the voices. He reads everything so quickly it feels like he's just rushing through the story to get to dialogue. Then he rushes through that as well. I liked Nigel Planer as the narrator.
That being said this is a great read. I highly recommend it for the content.
A friend recommended these books to me and suggested this particular book as the first. I loved the book and, for the first time ever, frequently thought About slowing down my playback because I found the humor and exceedingly well-crafted words flying by too fast for me to propery savor them. I settled for listening and stopping to write down my favorite lines.
Example: "The people who guard the rainbow don't like those who get in the way of the sun."
In honor of Sir Terry's transition I read again and of course saw more than last time!
This is the second Terry Pratchett book we have listened to as a family (the first being "Marvelous Maurice and His Educated Rodents," also highly recommended). Mr. Pratchett is an artful writer--clever metaphors, well-crafted sentences and flat out hilarious characters make Going Postal highly entertaining. While Marvelous Maurice was more a story about individuals beginning to organize themselves into a society, "Going Postal" offers a commentary on modern events. Lord Vetinari is a clever autocrat a la Vladimir Putin, the post office is a moribund institution that fell into disuse because of the public's desire for instant communication, and The Grand Trunk Company is any number of gigantic and poorly managed companies that were deemed "too big to fail" in the last financial crisis. In fact, I could not believe the book was written several years before the Lehman Brothers collapse and "too big to fail" became a common phrase here. I have to wonder if it was a popular phrase in Britain or if Pratchett revised the text recently.
Any listener with any experience with Boards of Directors, corporate branding, corporate finance or management, or anyone who reads the business section of the newspaper from time to time, will find the book especially entertaining.
The talented Stephen Briggs does a wonderful job of giving each character a distinctive voice without letting the performance detract from the text. We found his voice added to the listening experience immeasurably.
My only negative observations is that this is a very long audiobook, and there are times it seems to drag and go on tangents. I am not sure that a couple of plot lines were ever resolved. Also, while my two older children enjoyed the book, my 9 year old found it too dry.