It's hard to believe that this was written before Hitchhiker's Guide. All of the tropes that we ascribe to Adams are here. The weary time traveler, the morose robot, the finicky planet builder (Oh Slartybartfast!), and the cynical humor that leaves you chuckling after the book is over. It's a gem and I'm glad that Gaiman added it to his collection. Hodgman's narration is the icing on the cake.
Once this book got started I couldn't stop listening. I found myself offering to do yard work and things around the house that would mean I could listen to a little more. The plot is excellent. The characters are both complex and incredibly creepy. Mieville creates this world that is just a tiny bit strange and those little things make all the difference. It's believable enough that it's even scarier. Fascinating, fast paced, and keeps you guessing.
If you can get past the audio sounding like Croshaw recorded the book in his living room (I swear I heard a siren in the background a couple of times) you'll enjoy the book. It's witty, funny, touching, and has a plot that is worth unwinding to the end. Croshaw's narration is great and adds to the humor.
Gaiman is an incredible writer and I've loved everything he's written. I didn't think he could get better than narrating his own books but Lenny Henry does an AMAZING job with this book. He does the accents perfectly, times the jokes just right, and conveys Gaiman's sense of myth and reality in a way that makes the audio version even more compelling than the print version.
As always, the story kept me guessing to the end without witholding clues or information
Bryant - he's sherlock but older and grumpier
Bryant - Tim Goodman really makes the old man pop
Yes, I looked for opportunities to listen to just a few more minutes, just a few more!
Yes. It's a great beach or vacation book. It's fun, easy, and amusing.
The initial meeting between the two main characters.
Wellington Books. He's calm, academic, and yet funny.
It's a typical steampunk adventure. A fun brain break worth your time but don't expect anything insightful or surprising. Eliza (the heroine) is pulled right from any feisty romance novel. The male lead, Wellington Books, is a bit more interesting. It's brain candy.
The narrator reads every single sentence in the EXACT same rhythm. After fifteen minutes it's grating. After 30 I turned it off. The story was interesting but I just couldn't overcome the tedious narration.
Yes. The narrator is excellent and understands Pratchett's humor perfectly.
Vimes - in this book he reminds me of Barnaby from the Midsommer Murders, the old copper just trying to have a vacation.
Tears of the Mushroom - -the goblin dialect is hilarious and the narrator reads it so well.
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