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!
I'm not a big fan of Pratchett's other series, and the demons of hell definitely call that style to mind more than anything else in the Discworld. I'm glad he never revisits the place. There's also not much of familiar characters to enjoy, apart from Rincewind. That said, the overall story's not bad, and the first two wishes are really quite fun set pieces.
Eric has enough laughs and a good enough plot to make me want to listen to it again and again.
I would have like to make it longer. At only 3 odd hours it was the shortest Discworld audiobook I've bought.
I quite enjoyed the part with the Trojan horse.
As with all the Discworld books I found I laughed all the time. Terry Pratchet knows how to write a story that never sinks into depressing drama.
My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
Terry Pratchett is brilliant, but Eric is a drag on this book. I suppose it was inevitable in the scheme of things that this particular plot would have to come up, and Pratchett's usual inventiveness is there holding the whole thing up. Not my favorite in the Discworld series but a necessary part of the Rincewind story so what can you do?
I loved that it took a loose storyline from the end of another Discworld book and wrapped it up. The character of Rincewind is my favorite and any book centered on him is bound to include action, adventure, and almost certain death, which he would rather not be involved in.
It takes the reader to parallel dimensions and back in time - places which we have only briefly frequented in other books.
I enjoyed the character of Eric. He was a new character in the series, so I wasn't thrown off by the change in narrator. Stephen Briggs does an excellent job, but it is a bit strange listening to his slightly different pronunciations of certain words such as the metropolis of Ankh-Morpork.
Definitely hilarious at certain points. I laughed for sure.
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