Terry Pratchett never fails to entrance and delight me. Great characters, great story, pointed satire ... what's not to like?
Stephen Briggs is uniformly, consistently brilliant!
I like this reader, but I find I have to be in the mood for him. His delivery is VERY over-the-top Victorian, very music hall Sherlock and his occasional mis-emphasized sentences kind of bug me. In general though an excellent performance of a great book.
The flaming-eyed Hound leaping out of the mist to attach Sir Henry!!
He's got a great delivery, very theatrical, almost histrionic, but fun when I'm in the mood for that.
I've been listening to this in bits in between other books. It's a book I enjoy very much but I'm ok with using it as a filler in between things that I might be more in the mood for
I enjoyed the characters, and the story was pretty fun though the ending was not good - very abrupt. It made it seem like a chapter rather than a stand-alone book.
The narrator was great, even navigating the poorly- written and juvenile sex scenes with aplomb
I haven't read the print version, but I'm very impressed by the reader. The variety of styles and voices necessary to read these stories is immense and though he doesn't always quite get it, he's an accomplished reader and fun to listen to.
I love the Texas Rangers story, just brilliant, as is the "John Carter" (Edgar Rice Burroughs homage) story, though sadly truncated of necessity. It would make a great book in itself.
Though his best stories are the American ones, he does a fabulous job with the dizzying array of voices necessary for these diverse stories.
The writing. I'm very picky about the audiobooks I buy. I mean, they're pretty expensive and I don't want to waste time on bad ones when there are so many good ones. I'm a big fan of fantasy/historical fiction and of Robin Hood so it's not the genre ... this book is just plain poorly written, and only barely saved by the decent reader. Poor plot and character development, characters acting as the writer needs them to rather than as they would in 'real life' (seemingly), continuity problems, and just plain awkward writing. I can't recommend this for even the most diehard Robin Hood fan.
No, I'll just be more careful in future.
Possibly. It's hard to say whether he saved this book from being a total loss or whether he didn't help any - the writing was that bad.
I may still return it. I kind of resent spending money on something this bad, though I did end up listening to it to the end, which after this first chapter I didn't think I could tolerate!
Absolutely. James Masters really captures the character of Harry Dresden and it's a really fun book
His take on Dresden is so perfect - the self-deprecating humor, the world-weariness, the heart ... he's got it all
Read it! (well, listen to it!)
Definitely. I loved the reader, she did a great job.
I love stories from 1930s England. It's a time that I find fascinating. This story was somehow not that engaging though -- I liked the idea but the execution was lacking
I loved her friend - the voice totally reminded me of actress Shirley Henderson's very distinctive delivery (Moaning Myrtle from he Harry Potter movies)
I wouldn't. Though actually it might make a decent film, better than the book
Absolutely. Amazing book, and harrowing, but just super
Their readings were perfect and I loved that they used two readers
Well, SPOILER, Julie is dead, so it would have to be Maddie and Jamie
I really enjoyed the Prism series, can't wait for the next book ... but I read them myself and didn't listen to them. I'm finding the Night Angel books to be confusing and not terribly well written. Although, the reader is abysmal - reading in an over-dramatic style that is annoying and doesn't help to clarify anything. He's tolerable once you get used to it, but it is a constant effort to ignore how annoying I find his reading style.
Though his voice is clear and he enunciates well, his style is very overblown - reading even the most simple passages with huge portent. Annoying.
I think this is one of Pratchett's best stories - excellent characters, excellent story, lots going on but his usual insightful mix of craziness and satire
I really love seeing the young Vetinari in this book
Stephen Briggs is ALWAYS brilliant
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