I like book 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.
The narration uses an echo for certain characters which is very annoying. The volume changes frequently as though it was recorded in several different recording studios.
I love Terry Pratchett's Disc World Series. But don't, most definitely mix up the children's series with the adult's. Many questions will abound about "luscious melons" if you do and why it is not referring to fruit.