Eric is 14, lives on the famed and magical Discworld, and is the first ever demonology hacker. Fortunately, he doesn't succeed in raising any devils, but he does raise Rincewind (the most incompetent wizard in the universe) and the Luggage (the world's most dangerous travel accessory).
When Eric turns them loose on an unprotected world, the idea is that Rincewind will grant him his three rather adolescent wishes. You know, the usual three - live forever, rule the world, meet the most beautiful woman who ever lived. Simple, really.
Getting marooned at dawn of Time, changing the future, and meeting history's most embarrassing god is only the start. Creating life on the Discworld is a mere detail. Because Rincewind ends up going through Hell. Literally.
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"He is screamingly funny. He is wise. He has style." (Daily Telegraph)
Despite having this in print, I avoided purchasing the audiobook for a long time because of its shortness and because I had it in my mind that this is one of his lesser works - it is not. Pratchett's limitless command of the English language, his razor sharp world view and martini-dry sense of humor should make him a national treasure. It may only be 3-1/2 hours long, but you will never find a more superbly crafted 3-1/2 hours. Who else could cover the big bang, governemnt, religion, the fall of Troy, and what to do with with a half naked parrot in 3-1/2 hours? Like the previous reviewer, I laughed out loud during my commute.
I almost didn't download this one because it is much shorter than the other Discworld novels. After listening to all the others, I decided to go ahead and try it. I'm so glad I did. This book is a little gem in the Discworld crown. Better even than some of the longer ones. Get it. It's worth it.
I didn't care for the narrator's style. Could hear him smacking his lips and other mouth sounds. But mostly he just wasn't Nigel Planer. And to have Death in this one with a wholly different voice seemed...well...just wrong.
I love to listen and wonder what he is going to parody next! I particularly liked the Helen of Troy and Trojan war references. Hilarious!
Rincewind travels from the beginning of time to the depths of Hell. Pratchett's commentary on the way things work in society is both funny and right on target.
Very well written story, expertly related by Briggs, whom I much prefer to the rather snappy Nigel Planer, by the way.
I think Pratchett could have made much more of this theme, with more interplay between Hades and other parts of the multiverse. I get the distinct impression that he ran out of ideas and came to a flying stop. Writer's block? Either that, or his mum called him out of his study for tea.
I was initially skeptical due to the novel's short, 3.5h run time, but buoyed by other reviewers' comments I took a chance. Exceeded all expectations. Pratchett hits many nails on many heads with this one. Narrator's parrot almost make it worth it by itself.
The only problem with this story is that it's too short and I want to know what happens next! Rincewind is my favorite anti hero. He always wins if only because he has perfected the art of running away.
Having Pratchett's wonderfully sly takes on modern society as seen through the lens of the Discworld read by a consummate English professional is a treat. Layered, dryly humerous performance brings this book to thoroughly satisfying life. It's as good as the Nigel Planer reads.
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