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MICHAEL

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  • Men at Arms: Discworld #15

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1168)
    Performance
    (528)
    Story
    (531)

    MICHAEL says: "Decent character development, poor audio quality"
    "Decent character development, poor audio quality"
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    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I really do like Nigel Planer, he has a decent set of voices, a quick comedic delivery and a qualified narrator. His recording equipment and sound engineer were on holiday for this performance... I'd love to hear it re-recorded with decent equipment


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Terry Pratchett delivers another decent and fun-loving book that explains a lot about how characters arrived in the situations they were in for the book "Thud!". (I read/listened out of order.) In this book, the most interesting part was the development and antics of Corporal Carrot. The whodunit aspect was a bit weak in my opinion though as the plot seemed a bit scattered and dry from Pratchett's normal standard. This did not affect my enjoyment but it isn't the best of the series so far.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll harp about the audio quality one more time. There are MANY sections of this book where it sounds like the microphone tipped over and fell on the floor, leaving Nigel to read to a muffled sock. Later it would transition roughly to crystal clear again but much quieter than it was when the muffled sound would creep in. This is ongoing throughout the book and most of it is spent trying to understand the words through the muffled and bass-heavy recording. I don't think the sound engineer showed up for work much and the recording gear sounds like it was scrapped from some old AM radio parts.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Reaper Man: Discworld #11

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (947)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (434)

    Edmund says: "The most moving of the series"
    "Good Story, decent delivery; classic Pratchett"
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    Would you listen to Reaper Man again? Why?

    With any and all Terry Pratchett books, multiple listens / reads are required to get the most out of them. So many jokes, so little time.


    What other book might you compare Reaper Man to and why?

    Reaper Man can best be compared to its Prequel,


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I don't fault Nigel Planer, but it seems the recording equipment used for this book (and Mort) were built in the 1950s... His voice was so varied in clarity and volume, I'd swear he didn't have an audio technician. There was also a slight disrespect of the chapter boundaries and breaks... at points, the flow would be quite disjunctive as the scene changed but there wasn't even a pause in word stream.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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