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Susan F.

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  • Thief of Time: A Discworld Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (86)

    The construction of the world's first truly accurate clock starts a race against, well, time. For if the perfect clock starts ticking, Time, as we know it, will stop. And then the trouble will really begin. Subtle, sly, thought-provoking, and hilarious, Thief of Time is Terry Pratchett at his best. "This delightful production keeps the listener spellbound," says AudioFile.

    GoryDetails says: "Good story, but multiple readers were distracting"
    "Doesn't do the author justice"
    Overall

    Summary: All in all, buy the book, not the audible. The author is excellent. The sound production is extremely competent. However, there are too many narrators. They are not appropriate for reading satirical fantasy. Some have awful affectations for accents.

    ***

    I have read every Pratchett book (up to Fifth Elephant) at least 3 times. The author is humorous and clever on several levels. Nigel Planer did a good job of carrying the appeal until I had a chance to listen to Briggs read A Hat Full of Sky and was hooked. (Between the two men, Briggs does a much better Vetinari.)

    In this book, however, the entire tone and quality of _Thief_of_Time_ was lost in the blur of readers. A few were good, some were adequate, and one female voice was spectacularly bad in doing "Ronnie, the milkman."

    Following the progression of producers and narrators, one can see maturation in the products (the audio versions of the Pratchett books). The reading of this book, on the other hand, did the talent of Pratchett a terrible disservice.

    The sound production of this story was skilled, but I would prefer to listen to the early, amateurish productions of Pratchett (complete with sound chops and cheesy sound effects) rather than struggle through listening to this book again.

    I mourn the loss of this book to this set of narrators and hope fervently that the production company doesn?t make the same mistake again.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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