Never get North Americans to read British humour. They just don't have the right rhythm for passing on the humour.
The story is still fun, though.
After buying this audiobook and listening for a few minutes I was just sick. I really, really hated the presentation by these voice actors. I came online and read everyone elses reviews and thought "well, it's my own fault, I should have checked the narrator". I decided to tough it out, because I do love this story. I kept waiting for it to get better and it really just never does. The switching around of parts by the different actors is terrible. The lines done with an American accent instead of English is jarring and just never sounds right. The voice actors seemed to have no idea of how to deliver their lines. I think if there have been 25 other books read by the same narrator that everyone loved you would be happy with a winning combination. I don't know what brought about the change, but hopefully we'll never have to hear it again. Bring back Nigel!
This audio book was my introduction to Terry Pratchett and was one of the first books we purchased from Audible when we joined over a decade ago. This recording made me fall in love with Mr. Pratchett, and since then I've greedily devoured nearly everything else he's written. This story is one of my favorites, and I have replayed it at least half a dozen times over the years. Very enjoyable.
no...horrible narration, i missed nigel planer and stephen briggs1
boring and monotonous especialy rudnicki
the narration made me want to cry
I have nearly all of Terry Prachett and by far this was the worst narration by far!!! Stephen Briggs is number one. The characters were wrong the accents were terrible. What on earth made them do this. Prachett fans beware!
In each of his books, Terry Pratchett's engaging narrative voice takes his readers on a non-stop roller-coaster ride. Pratchett uses the narrative voice as a vital presence that builds and maintains rapport with the reader.
Unfortunately, this production shatters Pratchett's compelling, unifying narrative voice into disjointed fragments. This is jarring if you know Pratchett's work. (I'm hunting for a single-reader version to replace this one.) Otherwise, well, the text is delightful despite this crippling.
The readers range from adequate to excellent. Any one of them would have been a fine narrator; it's swapping the narrator's voice (as opposed to character voices) between them that does violence to the work.
Just a quick warning that the 47-second threatening intro about Terry Pratchett's copyright is the best-recorded bit of audio in this purchase. And it's a distributer add-on. Rudnicki, De Cuir, et al have done some great work (Ender's Game). I did not expect a sound-quality issue on this, just style. Now I'm not sure the multi-voiced aspect is the cause of the complaints as much as simple engineering. Sounds like a lousy radio broadcast - audio cues and low-register words are lost, sound stage seems to shift w/different readers. Watch out - it's not just style.
I happen to love this rendition. It fits the mood of the story, and I think it flows really well. It is quite mythical. I have been reading the books for over 15 years and was quite excited to find the audio versions. I had listened to some of the previous ones, and was quite disappointed. This vindicated my 'waiting'. Just be prepared to listen as to music and to a song-----
I agree with other reviews about how the changes in the voices are a bad thing. But, I had already read this book and really liked it, so I decided to buy this audiobook anyway. These reviews had prepared me for the worst (in the same way that the reviews of Star Wars I were so bad that I was pleasantly surprised when I went to see it) and I was happy to learn that I was able to deal with the voice changes. Actually, the narrator stays mostly the same for the first half and then I think changes 3 times in the last half. I wish it wasn't so, but regardless I still enjoyed listening to it and plan on listening to it many times in the future.
Love this book, especially the Abbott. Typically imaginative, funny discworld crisis. How unfortunate that Gabrielle de Cuir narrates Susan's voice. She is absolutely appalling. I disliked her narration of Ender's Game. One totally untalented narrator really brings down an audiobook quality. What a shame. I really wonder why she continues to be employed.