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Nonnie

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  • Making Money: Discworld #36

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1241)
    Performance
    (524)
    Story
    (524)

    The Ankh-Morpork Post Office is running like...well, not at all like a government office. The mail is delivered promptly. Postmaster General Moist von Lipwig, former arch-swindler and confidence man, has exceeded all expectations - including his own. So it's somewhat disconcerting when Lord Vetinari summons Moist to the palace and asks, "Tell me, Mr. Lipwig, would you like to make some real money?"

    Jason says: "Another gem."
    "a bit of a disappointment"
    Overall

    Terry Pratchett is one of my most favorite authors. I have bought everything he has written(hardcopy, audio book, or both) and was excited to have a new book available. But Making Money was a disappointment - it felt like Pratchett used a formula to recycle Going Postal. Usually when he writes a new book about a character from a previous book, he moves the character forward with a very different story. That wasn't the case this time. sigh.

    This book is still worth having, but it's definitely NOT the place to start reading Pratchett.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Sastre
    Overall
    (829)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (140)

    Great Britain, circa 1985: time travel is routine, and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, Special Operative in literary detection. But when someone begins kidnapping characters from works of literature and plucks Jane Eyre from the pages of Bronte's novel, Thursday is faced with the challenge of her career.

    Susan says: "What a gem!"
    "Great concept, but..."
    Overall

    I decided I should listen to The Eyre Affair before any of the successive books, but didn't notice it was abridged. I HATE abridged books! So my review may be tinged by that...

    Great fun - the concept of an alternate world where literature reigns. Some decent puns and a reasonably interesting plot. The reader did a good job reflecting the narrator, though she was a little weak on some of the other characters.

    Some other reviewers commented that they didn't like the language. I generally don't mind when characters swear when angry or annoyed, but if a particular word is going to be used as a swear word, it just doesn't feel right for the same word to be casually accepted by other characters as a normal proper name. That's not clever, it's annoying!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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