Pretty good, it's just that it's narrated by a few different people so it's kinda con confusing at first but you get used to it😜
I ignorantly purchased the version narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison. I did not even get 10 minutes into the book and had to stop. I've listened to Nigel Planer, Stephen Briggs, and Celie Imrie all of which are very good narrators. I'm suspecting that someone thought the US needed a different version of this book (I hope that person was fired, but the decision maker for this awful audiobook was probably in management with MBA behind their name and some poor plebe probably took the blame while the suit wearer was promoted (because failure in management always goes up, not down)).
I now will spend the evening disinfecting my ears with bleach just to get this awful book out of my head. Don't make the mistake I made, buy the version narrated by Stephen Briggs, your ears will thank you
Maybe it's just me, but I'm not used to audio books with multiple actors unless it's a full cast production, which this is not. The actors switching back and forth is not necessarily a problem, but I feel like people should know about it. High marks all around.
The most enjoyable part of listening to this book was the typical genius of Terry Pratchett. One moment you're laughing out loud and the next you're scratching your head trying to come to terms with the nature of time.
The Death of Rats... SQUEAK
The story was fantastic and it would have been a great audio book if it had been narrated by just one artist, or if the narrators had performed specific characters. What actually happened was each narrator (and there were far more than just the two named) simply read different sections of the book, so you never got used to one voice for any character. That made listening to the book confusing and distracting.
I enjoyed the book but that was mostly due to the brilliance of Pratchett.
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.
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.
I love Audiobooks. I listen to roughly 50-100 hours a month. It's a good thing I work for Audible!
Could be a good book, if you can get past the quality of the recording