Pratchett seems to write really good stuff and great stuff, but I'm going to classify this one as excellent! He does all of the little things right.
Stephen Briggs is a one-man show, with voices for everyone. Given that the book features new characters and pulls in the existing City Watch characters, this is pretty stellar. The characters are distinct and colorful and the reading is smooth and engaging. Can't ask for much more.
This episode and its partner "Giant Pool of Money" (link at bottom) are pretty much required listening. This is the quickest way anyone can get up to speed about the current Mortgages and Credit crises. These crises will affect almost every American (them or someone they care about) and these two episodes are the most accessible way to understand what's going on.
Giant Pool of Money: (http://www.audible.com/adbl/site/products/ProductDetail.jsp?productID=RT_TALF_080510&BV_UseBVCookie=Yes)
For more perspective on the current Financial crisis, see IOUSA. There is a free 30-minute version on their site.
I love this book. I've mailed copies to my friends and family. I've joined his blog and evangelized his writings just for their sheer enthusiasm.
But I cannot suggest this audio book, b/c it just sounds horrible. The book isn't meant to be read like a story, but it sounds like it's being read by a computer. This is a book that needs life and it simply doesn't have it. Maybe if it were read by Tony Robbins or the author himself, maybe then it would have some life, but as it is, it's just dead.
Don't buy this audiobook, buy the real book instead.
Great story, very engaging, very-well written. Gaiman has this ability to just suck you in and hearing it read actually increases that engagement.
Much of Gaiman's work seems to made to read out loud and this is no exception.
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