This is Pratchett up to his usual standard - imaginative, funny, cynical and really enjoyable. Tony Robinson reads Pratchett really well (although I think I slightly prefer Nigel Planer, who read some of the earlier audiobooks). I listen to my audio books whilst pedalling an exercise bike and using a rowing machine and Unseen Academicals makes a boring-but-good-for-you activity fun. :-) The wizards are learning to play football under the gudiance of one of the university's candle dribblers and we get an insight into the workings of the university's kitchens. Lord Vetinari also features. Unfortunately, no witches, but you can't have everything. Well worth the money.
Libriomancers are people who can draw objects and people out of books and make them 'real' in the everyday world, but only after thousands of people have read the same words in the same way. Gutenberg was the original libriomancer and he developed the printing press to enable his magic. The libriomancers are being attacked by vampires who believe that the libriomancers started it and Isaac, a talented but poorly disciplined libriomancer has been recalled to field work to help out. He travels with Lena Greenwood, a dryad, and Smudge, a fire-spider, as they try to stop the serial murders of both libriomancers and vampires. The story is imaginative, well written and funny. David DeVries narration unfortunately does not do it justice. I find the tone of his voice irritating, although that is clearly personal choice, but there are also numerous instances where the way he reads dialogue does not match the description given by the author - so he might read something in a flat, unemotional tone and then say "exclaimed Lena".
Phryne takes herself and Dot, her companion, and Ruth and Jane, her two adopted daughters down to Queenscliff for a summer holiday in a borrowed house while her house in Melbourne is being renovated under the watchful eyes of the Butlers. When she arrives, the Johnsons, the caretaker couple who belong to the house are not there and neither is there furniture. The kitchen of the house has been stripped of food and no-one knows where the Johnsons have gone. In the course of finding the missing couple, Phryne gets involved with a film crew, a surrealist party, a treasure hunt and a rum smuggling gang.
This is another great offering from Kerry Greenwood. I wondered how I would like a Fisher audiobook - I have read all the others in hard copy - but found I thoroughly enjoyed it. Stephanie Daniel performs the story well. All in all good value for money.
I am returning this book half listened to because I cannot bear to listen any longer. The story is at one level interesting and if I had borrowed a hard copy from the library, I probably would have read the last chapter or so before I returned it, so I knew what happened but this isn't an easy option for an audio-book. Anna Pigeon finds herself at the bottom of a 'solution hole' in the Colorado desert (?) with a dislocated shoulder, a bleeding bump on the back of her head and no memory of how she got there. As her memory returns we find out that she has been a witness to a gang rape and murder. She is actually imprisoned in the hole and the people who put her there provide drugged water and then return to carve "whore" into her thigh. The midget albino rattlesnake that lives under the house that she shared with another seasonal worker at a resort is found nailed behind its head and in front of its rattle and left to die in agony. In the meantime, she has been joined in the hole by an orphaned baby skunk whom she befriends and who helps her to find non-drugged water. I have no idea what happens next because at this point the descriptions of senseless violence and cruelty became just too much for me. If you have the stomach for this kind of thing, then you might enjoy the book which is quite suspenseful, but it is certainly not my thing. Maybe this is what you would expect from an Anna Pigeon mystery - I have never 'read' one before.
I wasn't quite sure what to expect of a non-Discworld Pratchett collaboration, but I'm glad I bought this. It was a little slow starting, but by part-way through I was hooked. The concept of multiple parallel earths is interesting, the characters likeable and the story line engrossing. It's not as funny as the Discworld novels and the characters are more 'normal', but I enjoyed it very much and I want to hear the sequel. My only quibble with the reading was that Stevens does a truly appalling Australian accent.
This is the second of the books about Tiffany Aching and the Wee Free Men. Although they are listed as children's books, they are definitely aimed at the older literate child who loves words. I found this, as I usually do with Pratchett, difficult to 'put down' - it contains plenty to keep the more mature adult intrigued and amused.
This is the story of Tiffany's journey off the Chalk to begin her witches' apprenticeship with Miss Level. In it she defeats a Hiver, a creature that cannot be killed. While it is possible to 'read' Pratchett's Discworld books in any order and still find them entertaining, they do build on one another, so I would recommend reading or listening to "The Wee Free Men" first, especially if you haven't read any Pratchett before. A nodding acquaintence with Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg from any of the witch-focussed books in the series would also help. "Equal Rites" would be a good place to start.
Stephen Briggs does an excellent job of reading quite complex material with a large cast of characters. He finds consistent recognisable voices for the main characters, using a range of regional accents from the UK. He clearly enjoys reading Pratchett and understands his material well.
My one problem is that Pratchett starts of with a glossary of characters and it is very difficult to flip back to this in an audiobook when you want to know who or what a particular person represents.
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