There's snow, there are robins, there are trees covered with decorations, but there's a notable lack of the fat man who delivers the toys...
Susan the governess has to find him before morning, otherwise the sun won't rise. And unfortunately her only helpers are a raven with an eyeball fixation, the Death of Rats ("the grim squeaker"), and an oh god of hangovers. Worse still, someone is coming down the chimney. This time he's carrying a sack instead of a scythe, but there's something regrettably familiar...
Ho. Ho. Ho.
It's true what they say..."You'd better watch out..."
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"Discworld is more complicated and satisfactory than Oz. Truly original. Pratchett creates a brilliant excess of delectable detail!" (Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine) "The characters, the conceits, the jibes at contemporary intellectual currents are delightful." (AudioFile)
"You needn't have read Pratchett before to laugh uproariously and think seriously about the meanings of Christmas." (Amazon.com)
I listen to this over and over as it is such a feel good "story", Terry Pratchett celebrates all that is human in this book of belief, being an adult and remembering what it was like to be a child. This has become one of my favorites- of course lots of laugh out loud moments no matter where you are but there is again the tugging at the heart strings - a tear in the eye - knowing that Terry Pratchett shares the same tear.... Death , Susan, the wizards and the Gods all get involved to save tomorrow. We are all human, and the sun will shine.
This story is completely original and funny and cruel and makes you wiggle down to your boots with delight. the narrator Nigel planer makes the characters recognizable and different to each other with his clever verbal adroitness.
One of my favorite discworld books. The "true" story of Christmas. (For a given value of true. See also "Thief of Time", "Going Postal" and "Sorcery"
It's classic Pratchett at his best. I have literally listened to all of the books. this is one of the best.
I'm such a fan of Stephen Briggs' narrations of the Discworld books that I was hesitant to buy a book read by another narrator. I'm so glad I did purchase it! Nigel Planer's reading is perfect for so many of the voices.
I first saw the Hogfather movie in the UK before I read any of the Discworld books. I slept through the movie (might have been the jet lag). After listening to the audiobook, I can appreciate the wonderful film. Nigel Planer does a fine performance, but I must say that I prefer Tony Robinson's Death to anyone else's including Briggs.
My scifi book club was reading this and since I like Terry Pratchett and Discworld I was excited about it. I couldn't finish reading it. It didn't seem to have any plot to speak of. Somehow the grim reaper, his daughter, various gods and the Hogfather are all mixed together in the story. To say much more would spoil any surprise you might be looking forward to. With the many good reviews I have to believe that my view of the book is unusual but I got more than half way through the book before I just couldn't bring myself to listen to it any longer. I listened to it most of the way from NC to WV and just couldn't continue.
The title says it all. Nigel Planer is OK but Briggs is masterful. I have several Pratchett audio books and Briggs always delights.
Hogsfather is a great story but the reader is only so-so.
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