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I might be spoiled by Nigel Planer. This story is read by
multiple readers. They are very talented and each tries to
bring their piece to the story. Truthfully, give me Nigel
and I am one happy Discworld-er. The story is still well worth
it. I just hope future releases bring back Nigel Planer or someone
of his singular talent.
I am a long-time fan of Pratchett in print and in audiobook form. Thief of Time is undoubtedly one of his most inspired works, richly building on previous Discworld characters and storylines but providing enough context and addictive doses of humour to hook a newcomer to the series. Unfortunately, however, this particular audio version is of a lower quality than those I've previously enjoyed. While the individual readers themselves are good, even great at times, narrators switch annoyingly between characters, scenes, and accents, and the sound quality itself seems compromised. For example, narrators with a low register almost disappear entirely. I suggest reading this particular book, and listening to Monstrous Regiment for a great story with excellent recording quality.
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.
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!
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 found the novel to up to Pratchett's high standard. Studded with satire and dry wit this is a must read. My only minor complaint is the actor that portrayed Death did not have the same presence as some of the other audiobooks in the long Pratchett line. I can only hope that Audible and ISIS can come to an agreement and restore all of this wonderful writers work.
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.
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 hold a BA in History from York University of Toronto; a 3yr Diploma in Computer Networking from Sheridan College in Oakville Ontario. I have been "reading" audio books sinces the late 80s and a member of Audible back to 2004. What a really like is a good long story preferable over 30 hours. :)
If you have never read the Discworld this isn't really the book I would suggest you start with. It's in the middle. The story is middling, the long term characters are in the middle of story lines from other books and frankly while it's clever and witty jokes on clocks and zen are interesting they are middling too. I suggest Mort.
If you are fimilar with the Discworld it's a reasonable Discworld book. There Susan who deserves more stories then seem likely to be written; there the Death of Rats, an Igro and a brush a of Nanny Ogg. And even the evil of Auditors.
The book is better than many that attempt to jump in time as a plot ploy. It's clear and very easy to follow. The story works and I even like the solution to the Auditors but I always feel it's just sort a middlish book