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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
no...horrible narration, i missed nigel planer and stephen briggs1
boring and monotonous especialy rudnicki
the narration made me want to cry
One of Pratchett's best Discworld stories - clever, witty and entertaining. I particularly liked the use of several different readers as Death could really only be represented by a deep male voice and Miss Susan by well accented female. Very well done.
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.