I would recommend this audiobook to anyone who likes Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. The series itself is an imaginative fantasy where so much of our own human nature is reflected in those of the Discworld.
Discworld's Death is my favorite character (although more so as the storyline develops), and The Luggage are my favorite characters in this story. It is nearly impossible not to feel that you've made a great bunch of friends, however, reading this book. I feel an innate empathy for Rincewind (who forever is having bad things happen to him from out of nowhere). Two Flowers is the stereotypical optimistic tourist, who has luck if only because he is so clueless. Cohen the Barbarian is a great character, a life that has outlived his larger than life legend.
Nigel Planer does an admirable job narrating this book. He has a very pleasant voice, and uses it well, setting the tone of each scene. He does do some "character voices", but these are perhaps not as "distinguishable" as other narrators (Patrick Tull in the Cadfael Chronicles comes to mind) but this is a very minor observation and should not be construed as taking away from the narration.
Terry Pratchett does an amazing job showing both the worst and the best of humanity; how on the small scale, most human life is tragic, but on the larger scale, how amazing and inspiring and yes, even humane, the human race can be.
This series is like making the close acquaintance (indeed, friendship) of a bunch of wonderfully quirky people whom you grow to love and respect, in spite of all their idiosyncrasies . I find it rather sad to come to the end of a Discworld book. This one is no exception.
My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
Did Terry Pratchett know he was going to write a series when he started this book or did he think he was just going to do a sequel? Probably dedicated Pratchett fans know the answer. This book feels a bit like an obligatory sequel, but Pratchett is eternally inventive and creative and funny. He continues to layer on elements from all manner of medieval fantasy books twisted around in his own clever way. If he hadn't already pre-planned all this as a series, I'm sure he was headed in that direction by the end of this book. The luggage is still my favorite character. I think it should get it's own series.
Nigel Planer positively highlights all that is delightful, fun and brilliant in Terry Pratchett's writing! My favorite way to read any and all of Terry Pratchett's work.
I'm actually a day old tart, filled with maple custard. Perhaps, this reads as a rational introduction to others, and you are deliberately misreading it, because, come on, maple custard.
I do prefer the later reads, but Death is even more hilarious then average in these first two novels. The jingly bells can be annoying, it's the only time I've heard them in his audiobooks. They're certainly not in the first one, or any of the others.
I am a bit if an audio book addict. (I work at home and have the luxury of getting to listen through most of my day.) I usually go for long books in order to get the most bang for my buck. However, after listening to a hand full of Terry Pratchett's books (short by my standards), there's no going back now! I just love his Discworld series! These stories are the epitome of light, fun, clever literary entertainment! I don't normally read/listen to a book more than once because there are always so many new books to enjoy. But I frequently find myself (in the last few days of my subscription month while awaiting my new credits,) re-emerging myself in the fanciful and hilarious world atop Great A'Tuin and to my surprise laughing out loud even more the second and third times around. :) Oh! And Nigel Planer does a great job. I couldn't imagine any of the characters (especially Rincewind) narrated by anyone else.
More fun and fantasy from Terry Pratchett. Sword, sorcery and parody to keep you entertained and attentive. Excellent narration.
The book itself gets far fetched to the point you notice how silly it is being a little too often, even for Terry Pratchett. The chapter chimes of the audio are extremely annoying. That being said it was worth the listen and made a long car ride much shorter.
An excellent well read story that should be given better treatment by audible. Too bad that this audible file is sooooo below standard; something that could be improved by audible if a new enhanced quality version would be made available by transferring from compact disc source. This is the only Discworld story that has not been provided with a enhanced level. All of the others have been re-done, why not this one?
The Light Fantastic is a great book, but my opinion is that most of the discworld books are "hit or miss". This one is a "Hit". Good comedy, storyline, and characters.