When I think about this novel, I keep wanting to describe it as an "adult" book. Not in the sex/violence way that most people think of when they hear "adult", but more as a grown-up book with grown-up themes. There is sex and violence in the book, but they're not what the book is about. It's about the characters, and the society they live in. It's not always pretty, but neither is real life. But it's almost always engaging.
I had a little trouble at the beginning getting used to the reader and the story. But after the first couple of hours, I was hooked. I stayed up till 3 in the morning to finish listening to it.
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.
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.
I'd avoided reading Watership Down for ages, but I finally got curious enough to listen when this book became available. I liked it much better than I expected to. The rabbits weren't twee or cutesy, which is what I was mostly worried about.
A good, serious story.
I love Terry Pratchett books better than apples. And I adore Nigel Planer's narration.
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