I love Terry Pratchett almost better than life itself. I've read a little Stephen Baxter, but nothing recently. I was a little apprehensive when I read that they were collaborating. I was afraid I'd be disappointed.
The book is science fiction. It's obviously the beginning of a series, and there are lots of threads left dangling. But I really liked the idea of the multiple Earths that people suddenly learned how to "step" into. I'd've loved to have a little more actual STORY rather than just foundation-laying, but I still enjoyed the book.
The narrator does an EXCELLENT job. Again, I'm used to Nigel Planer or Stephen Briggs with Pratchett, and I was worried that I wouldn't like this narrator. But his use of voices and accents was exceptionally good, and really helped to make the characters stand out one from another. I thoroughly enjoyed his performance. Well done all around.
This is a nice, light entertainment, the first volume in a serial novel. I think it has some characteristics of the old-fashioned Western serial movies. It's set in the Old West, but one that has more in common with "The Wild, Wild West" than with "Tombstone".
I was interested in this book because it has a train in it, albeit a very unusual train, one that doesn't need conventional tracks. It has a bit of the paranormal, with a ghost, dog-men, a possible zombie(?). It has a wacky genius professor, a clockwork butler, and a Hero With A Past. A Heroine shows up near the end of this volume too.
This isn't the sort of thing I usually spend much time on, so I don't plan to pick up the other volumes, but I don't regret listening to this.
The narrator is earnest and tries really hard. His pronunciation of Sleipnir slides around a little, and there are a few infelicities in his pacing, but I'll give him A for effort.
I got this audiobook for free in return for an honest review. This is my honest opinion. If you like this sort of Crazy West steampunk-y story, you'll like this book.
This is my second Raine Stockton dog mystery. It's the 8th book in the series, and the other one I read was the very first book (Smoky Mountain Tracks). I was afraid I'd be bothered by what I'd missed in the intervening books, but the author gives enough background in the course of the story that I could mostly fill in the missing pieces.
This is a fairly cozy mystery, though a child does get put into a bit of danger. It takes place in St. Bart's, where Miles, Raine's boyfriend, has taken her for a much-needed vacation. And of course there is murder involved. Raine tries to navigate the world of the rich and famous, but feels a bit alienated. She misses her mountain home.
The mystery part is pretty straightforward. The author does foreshadow some of what's going to happen from the very first, and there weren't (to me) any real surprises in how the plot worked out. But I liked the way two themes of the plot dovetailed at the end, and echoed each other. (I'm trying to avoid spoilers here!)
I started listening to this book on Wednesday night, and finished listening on Thursday afternoon. A book that keeps me listening straight through is fairly rare! It helps that the narrator has a warm and lovely voice. She does just enough different voices/accents to help keep the characters clearly defined. I liked that Miles' mother's South Carolina accent was just a bit different from Miles' Atlanta accent.
It's an easy, enjoyable listen, and I'm glad I had the chance to hear it.
One note: I was slightly disappointed that she left her Aussies at home. If she'd had an Aussie with her instead of a Golden Retriever, she probably wouldn't have had a dog that would go off with a stranger! Aussies are generally more cautious than that. :) (Yes, I've shared my home with Australian Shepherds for many years.)
Full disclosure: I received this audiobook for free in return for an honest review.
I read this story years ago, so when the complete audio version became available, I snapped it up. The story is pretty much as I remembered, but so much better because of the narration. Neville Jason handles the archaic terms impeccably, and moves easily between the chivalric language harking back to Malory and the more modern phrases and asides.
Mr. Jason also strikes just the right notes, whether in the light-hearted sections or in the more poignant passages. I felt the true sense of tragedy in the story of a king who tried to do something new and good, and who nevertheless was brought down by fate and youthful indiscretions.
An excellent, excellent story, and a lovely narration. I didn't mind the last book, but if you skip it, you won't really have missed anything much. But I wanted to hear the whole thing, and I'm glad I did. Thank you, T.H. White and Neville Jason for a truly memorable work.
Will Patton did an excellent job of narration in this book. I'd seen the movie, but had never read the book. The movie follows the book pretty closely.
I thought the whole story was quite engrossing, since I finally finished listening at 3 in the morning.
I come back again and again to listen to this book. I really enjoy Pratchett's depiction of Death as a character. I love the storyline where Death, as Bill Door, meets and works with Miss Flitworth.
There is a silly plotline with wizards, and another with Windell Poons, who keeps trying to be dead, but failing. All good fun. :)
One of my absolute favorites of the Discworld books.
I've read lots of McManus' humorous works and always enjoyed them. I was curious to see how he would do with a mystery novel.
He did ok. The biggest criticism I have is that I thought you could see the structure of the plot a little too obviously. But it's good and workmanlike, and kept my interest.
As others have said, the narrator really makes this book. His style is laconic and a bit understated, and it really works well. It took me a little bit to get used to it, but I was a big fan after a couple of chapters.
This isn't my favorite book in the Discworld canon, but any book that brings us more about Death and Susan Sto Helit is worthwhile in my world.
I found the "music with rocks in" theme a little heavy-handed for my tastes. But listening to Nigel Planer is always fun. And Death gets to be awesome, as usual.
I want to be Susan Sto Helit when I grow up. Either her or Nanny Ogg. :)
I'm a Terry Pratchett fangirl. I adore almost everything he writes. He's witty and clever, and knows things about Story that amaze me.
This book is about Fairy Tales, and how a fairy godmother may not be who you think she is.
Pratchett narrators are generally excellent. I love Nigel Planer's way with voices.
I listen to this one over and over again.
I really enjoy Andy Carpenter and his friends in these books. Good, light entertainment.
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