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Shauna

Portland, OR, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Pyramids: Discworld #7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (884)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (367)

    It isn't easy, being a teenage pharaoh. You're not allowed to carry money, uninhibited young women peel your grapes for you, everyone thinks you're responsible for making the sun rise and the corn grow, you keep dreaming about seven thin cows and seven fat cows (one of them playing the trombone), and on top of everything else, the Great Pyramid has just exploded because of paracosmic instability.

    Pam says: "Almost perfect"
    "Engaging and Witty"
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    Would you listen to Pyramids again? Why?

    Absolutely. The narration is stellar. Nigel Planer certainly has a way of delivering Pratchett's clever prose in a way that brings the story to life. I cannot recommend it enough.


    What other book might you compare Pyramids to and why?

    I would say that many of the Discworld books, this one included, remind me of a more humorous Neil Gaiman story such as Anansi Boys or American Gods - references to mythology and cultural heritages are more thinly veiled but painted in a comical way.


    Have you listened to any of Nigel Planer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. Planer has narrated almost all of Pratchett's Discworld series and this one is just as excellent as all the rest.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I definitely laughed quite a few times out loud in my car.


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  • Eric: Discworld #9

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (670)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (271)

    From Terry Pratchett's famed Discworld series. 14-year-old Eric is the first ever demonology hacker. Fortunately, he doesn't succeed in raising any devils, but he does raise Rincewind (the most incompetent wizard in the universe) and the Luggage (the world's most dangerous travel accessory).

    Glen Phipps says: "Good things in small packages."
    "Discworld Side Tangent"
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    What did you love best about Eric?

    I loved that it took a loose storyline from the end of another Discworld book and wrapped it up. The character of Rincewind is my favorite and any book centered on him is bound to include action, adventure, and almost certain death, which he would rather not be involved in.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It takes the reader to parallel dimensions and back in time - places which we have only briefly frequented in other books.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Briggs – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the character of Eric. He was a new character in the series, so I wasn't thrown off by the change in narrator. Stephen Briggs does an excellent job, but it is a bit strange listening to his slightly different pronunciations of certain words such as the metropolis of Ankh-Morpork.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Definitely hilarious at certain points. I laughed for sure.


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