Terry Pratchett is one of those rare authors who is able to write fun and funny books without seeming to work for the laughs. His sense of humor is sometimes a bit dark, but that is not in any way a negative, IMHO. And he slips in enough Universal Truth (tm) about the human condition that one could forgive him even if he didn't make one grin while reading.
The performance by Nigel Planer in this book is spot-on. The characters come alive without him resorting to stretches far outside his comfortable range, which can be a distraction with other readers. The response to anyone calling out to our protagonist as "Boy.." is so well done that the facial expression and even body language of the reply "Mort. My name is Mort" is clear as can be. Poor fellow.
All I can really say of value is: Recommended. Highly recommended. Get this book.
Yes. I have read and listened to Terry Pratchett's books many times.I really love visiting Discworld and all the people who live there. I have introduced many friends to Discworld and they are all just as enchanted as I am :-)
Sam Vimes. His character has really grown over the series. He has some of the best lines and plots - and his relationship with Lord VetInari is priceless!
He has a wonderful voice.
Every Terry Pratchett book makes me laugh out loud.
Discworld books are like potato chips - you can't have just one.
Story was very good. Nigel Planer did an excellent job of narrating. The audio was a little off at times, sometimes a little soft. I'd have to turn up the volume to hear properly and then later get my ears blasted.
I like books when they are read... To me with different voices for all the characters... By a talented author. ~Haiku
I love Trey Pratchett and this is one of his classic Wizard stories from the Discworld.
The theme of this book seems to be "Be happy with who you are." Throughout the book, many characters, for example the Wizards, are unsatisfied with their lot in life. Conina dislikes the fact that she has barbarian tendencies and wants to be a hairdresser. Nijel (No, that is not a typo) wants to be a Barbarian, but lacks the physique and the attitude needed to be one. The Wizards, dissatisfied with just being the keepers of magic, are coerced into taking over the world and thanks to one extremely powerful little boy wielding a staff that may or may not be talking to him, nearly cause the end of all existence. The only one who seems to be happy with himself is the extremely hopeless Rincewind who just wants to live his life free of harm unto others, and most importantly himself. He may be a failure of a wizard, but he is fine with who he is and doesn't try to be anything else. It's subtle themes like this that made Terry Pratchett one of my favorite authors.
The narration by Nigel Planer really worked for Pratchett's writing. While his voices could sometimes blend together, he has a lot of emotion that he puts into his readings. In all, buy this book.
The weird echoing voice used for Death and the comments outside the narrative is kinda annoying at first. Once I got used to it, I enjoyed everything about this book.
Loved it, but I'm not a fan of the effects on Death's voice or the footnotes. If Death absolutely must have effects, you can do better than a cathedral with a sustain that lasts much longer than where it gets cut off so the next character can talk.
Nigel is a fine narrator, but I really wish Isis would do/license a re-recording. I recognize this ancient one from borrowing books on cassette from the library; it's a bit rough in places.
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This is the beginning of the not-confusing Discworld books, I think. This is where Pratchett started to see what he was making and got down to doing it with greater purpose.