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(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1995; Copyright © Terry and Lyn Pratchett, 1987; Cover Illustration © Josh Kirby
Nigel Planer isn't my favourite Terry Pratchett reader - I think Stephen Briggs does the best job of interpreting Discworld's regular cast of characters - but he's pretty good, and the story here is kind of interesting, if you're the sort of person who likes to think about what happens to you after you die. And for some reason I found the whole concept of 'Mort' (I had never realized that 'Mort' is both a nerdy-sounding first name and a term for death, which is decidedly not nerdy-sounding) very clever and amusing.
Worth getting if you're a Discworld or Terry Pratchett fan.
Nigel is a very good narrator for these books and does a fantastic job in this one. Easily understood and with great inflection.
After the death of Terry Pratchett, I felt obligated to address a series I had neglected for far too long. Unique humor and a relatable cast (yes, even Death) improve a solidly-written book , and the reader's inflection is demonstrated in all the right places. Awesome.
I really love Pratchett's witty humor. His style is unique and always enjoyable. The man can really play with words, and also encase some really sharp concepts in a lot of humor. I am not a reader of phantasy books, but for Pratchett I always am happy to make an exception.
The story is the usual absurdity concoted by Pratchett, but you will end to care for Mort and the other characters, including Death.
His voice is the ideal guide to the Discworld, perfect to emphasize Pratchett's wit
one of the best ones, good to listen to and a really good Story.... Terry Pratchet.... so what else!
perfeckt humor and nice irony
Once again Terry Pratchett has made me laugh out loud with his wonderful clear sense of looking at life and our world. If you are afraid of death, well worth the read to lighten your ideas.
I am going to listen to mort over and over again. Terry Pratchett is an amazing author.
Death is my favourite character because of his cluelessness but his understanding of how the world works.
His voice was clear and put meaning into the words.
The book was amazing and I don't have a favourite bit.
Must listen. Utterly amazing.
"Likely, my favourite Discworld book"
It's hard to pin down what is best. Any fan of Discworld has their favourite characters,however, for me it was the conversations between Death & Mort.The way Sir Terry writes the stories is sheer genius
The association of the role of Death. I've heard other narrators, but Nigel Planer brings the sense of humour & believability, when you're talking the anthropomorphization of Death
Certain parts of the book & story really did make me laugh, as always leads to some strange looks from other people when I'm listening on public transport or even in the house
"Top story and lots of DEATH"
I've always loved this story about DEATHS apprentice, but the sound quality of this recording isn't great.
"Another Terry Pratchett triumph!"
A great mixture of superb writing and great narrative bought to life a great story that humorously throws new light on what a silly notion it is to fear ones own sorry demise.
The way that Nigel Planer manages to bring to life all the characters in the book.
I felt his portrayal of DEATH'S daughter was very funny.
It's nothing personal, it's his duty!
I loved this book, writing was excellemt and the narrator really bought the characters to life without boring you to sleep but I didn't feel it was Terry Pratchets best written book oft the series I would suggest reading/listening to Small Gods, Sourcery, The Fifth Elephant, theif of time or The Reaper man first but make sure to come back for this one :-)
"Quality of this recording is awful"
This is a great story by Terry Pratchett, ably narrated by Nigel Planer but sounds as though it is coming from the bottom of a felt lined pit.
I listen to my books whist driving, and, with the lack of clarity in this recording, it is honestly almost too difficult to listen to.
it sounds as though this was converted from an old tape track with audio compression set to max. Not impressed, and as a result will steer clear of the other Pratchett books narrated by Mr Planer as well. Not because of how he reads, but because I might crash and die...
Nigel Planer's narration is good
"Very bad quality"
Better recording. This one is extremely bad. The sampling rate is abysmally low. Come on Amazon! It is 2015 not 1995
"Slightly patchy Pratchett, very patchy Planer"
I'm hooked on the Night Watch series but thought I'd try a new story line with Mort. Overall I was disappointed: although the humour is still there (of course), I found the storyline either too thin or too plain ridiculous and I never really warmed to the characters - with the exception of Death himself, who is utterly brilliant. Nigel Planer's reading was very patchy and I felt he completely garbled the ending, when he used the same accent (Mort's) for everything (including Death). Or was he supposed to? I don't have the book so I don't know, but it didn't sound logical, just rushed because he couldn't be bothered.
So right now I'm not sure whether to pursue any more Mort books, as this one just hasn't grabbed me.
"Death, a comedy"
Audio edition brings humour to life in Mort, but printed version is equally entertaining.
Comedy in Mort is embedded throughout the whole book. The concept of Death going on holiday is brilliant.
Definitely not, I would prefer it to last longer.
"A wonderful book, brilliantly narrated"
Yes. The book is well written with very well developed characters. The voices by Nigel Planer enhance the characters even further.
Mort will always rank in the highest of regions for audio books as the quality or the written work has always been insurpassable, moreover when twinned with Nigel's narration it transports you to the disc and you feel like a member of the general disc mob.
As always with Pratchett's writing he makes you look at the larger picture whilst sniggering at the little things in life meaning that whilst you enjoy and experience the whimsy you can be caught thinking on a grand scale.
Nigel Planer as a narrator is good his voice is clear and distinctive whilst portraying the characters we all know and love
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