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.
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
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.
I will be recommending this book to everyone. The naration was by far the best of any book I have listened to. The story is enthralling, witty, clever,... I could run on with superlatives but I will just leave it at this. I will be listening to every thing Pratchett puts out. I can only hope that the naration and stories are as good as this one. From the reviews I have seen, I will not be dissapointed.
Year ago, I had the perfect introduction to the joy's Terry Pratchett's unique vision when I checked out this very audiobook from my local library... and I'll forever be grateful to the author, and cast for truly wonderful performances.
I saw in another review the cry to stop changing narrator's. This strikes me as ignorant as people who complain about the bars on the top and bottom of wide-screen movies.
To shift the narrators as you shift perspective is brilliant. The third person limited narrator is a wonderful tool, and you should read Orson Scott Card's work entitled Character and Viewpoint before you start throwing stones at this masterful manifestation of the tool.
Everything about the performances and brilliance of these actors is to be praised.
Stefan Rudnicki will forever be the perfect voice of Death in my mind and no one can deliver narration with a combination of menace and mischief like Harlan Ellison.
In short, this book is one of my favorites and when I finally made the jump to Audible, I knew I had to buy it and the rest of Pratchett as soon as possible, which I did during the 2004 12 credits for $100 sale.
I wish I had downloaded all the Pratchett titles read by Nigel Planer before they disappeared from the Audible catalog. Stephen Briggs is the next best thing. But I thought this production with multiple readers distracted from the text. And none of them seemed to have the sense of dry wit that Planer fit so well to Pratchett's writing. I'm not willing to give up on Pratchett, but I'll probably avoid this type of reading in the future.
This is the first Pratchett audiobook I've heard that wasn't read by Nigel Planer or Stephen Briggs. The multicast reading is a nice change, all readers do a great job. And of course, the tale is pure Pratchett magic.
The story, like all of Pratchett's Discworld stories, is fantastic - entertaining, complex, and riveting! The full cast lends the story the feel of a stage play. I highly recommend this audio book!