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Interesting Times: Discworld #17 | [Terry Pratchett]

Interesting Times: Discworld #17

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Publisher's Summary

Interesting Times, the seventeenth novel in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, finds the planet's oldest empire in the midst of bitter turmoil after the publication of the revolutionary treatise What I Did on My Holidays. Workers, with nothing to lose but their water buffaloes, are joining forces against old warlords, spreading violence throughout Discworld's ancient cities. All that stands in the way of total destruction are 3 decidedly non-heroic creatures: Rincewind, the world's dumbest wizard; Cohen the Barbarian, who stands 5 feet tall in his surgical sandals; and a very special butterfly.

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(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1995; Copyright © Terry and Lyn Pratchett, 1994; Cover Illustration © Josh Kirby

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    David Toronto, Ontario, Canada 10-03-03
    David Toronto, Ontario, Canada 10-03-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Great reading of a Pratchett classic!"

    "Interesting Times" is one of my favourite Pratchett books, and Nigel Planer does his usual terrific job converting it to audio. The story pokes fun at all things Oriental (or Auriental in the story -- where the gold comes from, you see), or more to the point, it makes fun of Western cliches about the Orient. The scene where Cohen and his horde of elderly barbarians take on the ninjas is perhaps one of the funniest things I've ever read/heard. "That was impressive," says one barbarian, "the way that lad jumped backwards across the room like that." "You shouldn't ought to have stuck your sword out in his way like that, though," another chimes in. "He's learned a valuable lesson!"

    Any Pratchett fan will love this book.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen LondonUnited Kingdom 11-14-06
    Stephen LondonUnited Kingdom 11-14-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Excellent"

    A typically good Discworld book - perhaps slightly more ragged than usual, but full of biting satire and wonderful characters - including the welcome return of some much loved characters from the earlier books.

    In particular, an excellent and exciting final act.

    As usual, Nigel Planer does an unparalled job of narration, with multiple voices and accents. I can honestly say he is the best narrator of any Audio Book I've ever heard - if only they were all as good as him!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    C. Alexander 12-12-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Hillarious"

    Excellent Narraration!

    This is an absolutely laugh-out-loud hillarious book. If you don't find the comedy in this book, then your sense of humor is broken!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alexandra Gainesville, VA, United States 06-08-14
    Alexandra Gainesville, VA, United States 06-08-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Always happy to relisten to this one"

    To me, Interesting Times is when the Rincewind series starts to get good. Colour of Magic is meh, The Light Fantastic is enjoyable but could be better, Sourcery is a downer, and Eric is colorful, but a little too old-school Pratchett (note Hell's existence has been ignored in every subsequent Discworld novel). Interesting Times is the first Rincewind novel set in the "modern" Discworld, and maintains the light, humorous atmosphere throughout. Lord Hong is an unforgettable villain, Ghengis Cohen a treat to cheer for, and the Silver Horde a non-stop source of amusement. The visit to the ninja's gym is one of my favorite scenes in the series. Highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scottiiee665 Melbourne, FL, United States 05-29-12
    Scottiiee665 Melbourne, FL, United States 05-29-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Best Barbarian Ever !"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Interesting Times to be better than the print version?

    Cohen the Barbarian Kicks Conan in the loin cloth !

    Best Barbarian Ever !


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David North Canton, OH, United States 11-16-11
    David North Canton, OH, United States 11-16-11
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    "good story; bad recording"

    The sound quality is atrocious. There are sections of the story that sound like they were recorded in an echo chamber.

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    Perry Gilroy, CA, United States 06-21-06
    Perry Gilroy, CA, United States 06-21-06 Member Since 2001
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    "More Excellent Social Insight"

    Pratchett once again cuts to the heart of the matter and delivers an excellent social commentary on the issues of integrating a growing city and the role of the press in a free society. The fact that it's as funny as hell is pure cream.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ruthann Dracut, MA, United States 12-12-11
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    "excelent as usual"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Interesting Times to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Two Flower.
    Ever the optimist


    What does Nigel Planer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Some jokes have to be spoken to be appreciated.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Be careful what you wish for you just might get it!


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    Thomas Mailloux New Jersey, USA 12-12-11
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    "Rinccewind and Cohen in the Aurient."
    If you could sum up Interesting Times in three words, what would they be?

    funny, exciting, interesting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Teacher, because he is so totally out of place with


    Have you listened to any of Nigel Planer???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    May you live in Interesting Times!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nitin Dallas, TX, United States 05-14-06
    Nitin Dallas, TX, United States 05-14-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Interesting Times :Disworld #7"

    An excellent listen - very witty.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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