This book has the usual Terry Pratchett magic, and the performance by Nigel Planer brings out the sense of fun better than I'd have expected. He's really an ideal reader for Discworld novels and I hope to hear more of him. Mort is a lovable character...but no one can take the place of Death in my heart.
I never like to write a negative review; most especially when it's about a book I really enjoy. I read this book before buying the audio (I do a lot of driving from time to time, and familiar books are a nice thing to have along the way), and I enjoyed it.
It's not one of M.R. Mathias best, he's still learning the craft. But he has nothing to learn in creating fun characters, fleshing them out, making us care about them, and throwing in twists that make one's head spin.
Sadly, the narrator chosen for this book is the worst I've ever experienced. The pace is incredibly uneven (enough so that it actually changes the meaning of the text at times), the voicing is childish and irritating, and the pronunciation of many words is incorrect.
As much as I love this story, I can't see my way clear to buying any others that feature the services of Mr. Silva. Sorry, sir, but you really need to change careers or find some coaching before you do another book.
As I said, I'll just re-read these books on my Kindle, or wait for a new narrator before buying another.
I really didn't know what to expect, had no idea what would happen here. So many of the latest 'monster' stories make the monsters into mis-understood Nice Guys. This book doesn't make that mistake, these are Monsters and they need to DIE! Heheheh. I like that. It starts out fast (have to be fast when fighting a werewolf!) and just keeps going. Worth your time, definitely.
This was, of course, one of the best books I've read, even if it were only by dint of being one of the Aubrey-Maturin series written by Patrick O'Brian. Every book in this series is great, the author doesn't bring across the reality of life in the RN during the Napoleonic wars, he seems rather to deliver his readers TO the era.
And then to have to perfect voicing of characters in the book perfectly rendered by Patrick Tull in the reading just makes perfection more perfect (can we do that?).
The only down point of this book is that it is the final full book in the series, and I'm always sad to reach the end of it. It's like losing a good friend...until I realize that I can start again at book #1 if I so desire. In fact, enough of this writing, it's time to start the series again!
Seriously, I'm loving every one of these. Patrick Tull is the BEST reader for these books.
Terry Pratchett is one of those rare authors who is able to write fun and funny books without seeming to work for the laughs. His sense of humor is sometimes a bit dark, but that is not in any way a negative, IMHO. And he slips in enough Universal Truth (tm) about the human condition that one could forgive him even if he didn't make one grin while reading.
The performance by Nigel Planer in this book is spot-on. The characters come alive without him resorting to stretches far outside his comfortable range, which can be a distraction with other readers. The response to anyone calling out to our protagonist as "Boy.." is so well done that the facial expression and even body language of the reply "Mort. My name is Mort" is clear as can be. Poor fellow.
All I can really say of value is: Recommended. Highly recommended. Get this book.
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